Santa Ana officially becomes sanctuary city


Orange County's second largest city has officially become a 'sanctuary city' making it safe for all residents, regardless of their immigration status.

The Santa Ana City Council approved the sanctuary ordinance last month, and on Tuesday voted 6-0 to adopt the resolution. Councilman Vincent Samiento was not present for the vote. 

The ordinance prohibits the use of city resources to enforce immigration standards. It also requires that they protect sensitive information about the immigration status of a person, as well as prevent 'biased-based' policing. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to 'cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities' as part of his first 100 days in office. Last year, the city of Santa Ana received $123 million in federal grants, of which nearly half is reoccurring.

The ordinance will also require Santa Ana to begin providing more training for affected employees as well as establish a task force of community members who will advise the City Council on policies. 


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