Conceptualizing Sanctuary as a Process in the United States ⋆⋆

  title={Conceptualizing Sanctuary as a Process in the United States ⋆⋆},
  author={Serin D. Houston},
  journal={Geographical Review},
  pages={562 - 579}
  • Serin D. Houston
  • Published 1 October 2019
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Geographical Review
While contentious national debates persist about the promise or peril of so‐called “sanctuary cities,” this article draws on an archive of U.S. subfederal policies that focused on local responses to immigration and enforcement from 2001–2014 to argue that sanctuary constitutes a process rather than a binary state of being. Such a conceptualization underscores the broad spectrum of policy endeavors that comprise sanctuary and shifts the focus away from a reductionist question of whether or not a… 
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