Boynton Beach commissioners are set to meet Tuesday to discuss whether or not to move forward with the possibility of becoming a sanctuary city.
A sanctuary city limits their compliance with the federal government in order to reduce the fear of deportation for living in the area.
On one side of the debate for becoming a sanctuary city, is the belief that it encourages people of all resident statuses to utilize health and social services, report crimes, and to enroll their children in school.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the beginning of talks regarding the subject. The commission will examine and explore what other cities are doing to be recognized as a sanctuary city.
President Trump has publicly voiced his position against sanctuary cities. The administration has promised to take action against such cities by withholding funding.
Earlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order to halt sanctuary cities by withholding federal dollars with an exception for funds related to law enforcement.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled the order as unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction blocking Trump’s executive order in November. The injunction barred the administration from changing parameters on spending which was already approved by Congress.
Currently, there are about 300 jurisdictions nationwide which are considered sanctuaries. In these areas, law enforcement has an understanding restricting interaction with federal immigration. The ordinances vary from city to city.
All of the cities limit some degree of cooperation with federal immigration services. The potential is that the status of sanctuary could protect illegal immigrants from the law and allow them to stay in the U.S. illegally.
The argument continues to be debated as to whether or not local law enforcement have the legal obligation to enforce or assist with immigration laws which are the responsibility of the federal government.
The Boynton Beach Commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 100 East Boynton Beach Boulevard.