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A Tale of Two Sanctuary States

Texas and California have opposing reactions to immigration enforcement
Sheriff Hernandez of Travis County, Texas

As Republicans and Democrats in Washington battle over immigration, the real war is being waged at the state and local level, where police and politicians have to weigh the needs of their communities against President Trump’s agenda to crack down on undocumented immigrants. The country’s two most populous states, California and Texas, offer competing visions of how to deal with long-established immigrant communities in the Age of Trump.

California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, has given the entire state sanctuary status, blocking local officials from complying with federal immigration directives. His Republican counterpart in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, has done the opposite—signing a law criminalizing local

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