A fierce battle is now underway between US President Donald Trump and the hundreds of American cities and towns that have vowed to protect the illegal immigrants he wants to deport.
America’s “sanctuary cities” have welcomed many of the country’s 11 million undocumented residents.
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Mr Trump won office promising to crack down on illegal immigrants and kick out the 800,000 with criminal convictions.
“We have some bad hombres here and we have to get them out.”
But under Mr Trump’s policy, any undocumented migrant is fair game. And he wants to abolish the so-called sanctuary cities altogether.
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, known as ICE agents, have begun zeroing in on America’s sanctuary jurisdictions.
That’s left millions of unauthorised migrants living in fear. But many Americans are pleased about a move they say will save jobs — and lives.
What is a sanctuary city?
There is no formal definition of a “sanctuary city”, but they are
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