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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee speaks during a meeting at City Hall in San Francisco by city leaders and community activists to reaffirm the city's commitment to being a sanctuary city in response to Donald Trump's support of deportations and other measures against immigrants Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

More than 3 dozen sanctuary cities are preparing to resist Trump's policies


With a Trump administration nearing the start of its tenure in the White House, at least three dozen sanctuary cities have doubled down on their promise to not cooperate with his policies on immigration enforcement.

More than 300 cities have been identified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as sanctuary cities that do not honor detainer requests, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

From those, Politico reports officials in 37 cities have reaffirmed they will not back down on their promise to remain a sanctuary city for immigrants.

In Donald Trump's first 100-day plan, he has promised to "begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back," and "suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered 'extreme vetting.'"

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Shortly following the election, mayors and police departments from several cities - including Chicago, Ill., Santa Fe, N.M., and Nashville, Tenn. - said they'd work with ICE to apprehend violent undocumented immigrants, but not those arrested for minor offenses.

But with Trump's proposal not specifying what kind of "criminal illegal immigrants" he'd remove, it's unclear for now what will happen to employees in jurisdictions that plan to remain sanctuary cities and not follow an order from the highest office.

Whether or not public employees will face any legal ramifications for refusing to obey orders from the future president remains to be seen.

In August 2015, Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court in favor of their right to marry.

Davis spent five days in jail, later telling The Associated Press it was "a very emotional and a very real situation to all people."

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The governor issued an executive order removing names of clerks from marriage licenses in response to her refusing to issue licenses to gay couples using her name.

The threat of federal funding pulled from those cities, however, seems to loom over their decision as the president-elect prepares to take over next month.

More than 3 dozen sanctuary cities are preparing to resist Trump's policies

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