An Arizona Reader Explains How A City Becomes a “Sanctuary”
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Mark Doane (e-mail
Re: Saturday Forum Letter:
Two Arizona Readers Compile A List Of Sanctuary Cities;
Is Your Home Town One of Them?
In your Saturday Forum, you included a letter from
two Arizona activists, Jim Nixon and Laura Leighton, who
Chandler, AZ as a sanctuary city.
Unbelievably, that happened after an effort to carry
out immigration law was thwarted.
In 1997 the
Chandler police conducted a 5-day joint operation
with the then-Immigration and Naturalization Services
and the Border Patrol to clear illegal immigrants from
In return they got slapped with a
civil rights lawsuit for assuming that Hispanics
speaking Spanish were illegal aliens, causing them to
Later, after four investigations of the incident by
various agencies, Chandler adopted
General Order E-17 that prohibits
city police from inquiring about a
suspect`s immigration status in most situations or
from assisting federal authorities from enforcing
Doane, who lives near
Chandler, works evenings in a grocery store. He writes
that he “worries every night if an illegal alien will
one day take his job.”