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President Donald Trump’s idea to send immigrants to sanctuary cities likely would mean no change for Boise.
That’s because Boise is not a declared sanctuary city with specific policies to protect undocumented immigrants from enforcement of federal immigration laws. Instead, it is a “welcoming city.”
The Boise City Council passed a resolution in January 2017 to become a Welcoming City. The resolution commits the city to “creating a community where all of our residents feel welcomed, safe, and able to fully participate in, and contribute to, our city’s economic and social life.”
A welcoming city is a place “guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome, including immigrants and refugees,” according to Welcoming America, a group for such places.
“People in Boise value the opportunity to be home to people who need a safe refuge,” Mike Journee, spokesman for Mayor David Bieter, said in a phone call Monday.
The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected, the Associated Press reported. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted Friday.
There are no sanctuary cities in Idaho, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, meaning that even if Trump’s idea were to be enacted, likely nothing would change in the state.
Boise’s resolution encourages residents to reach out and welcome those who live in and visit the city.