Birmingham Sanctuary City

Adelante and a coalition of community partners are leading the charge to make Birmingham a sanctuary city – the first in Alabama!

On January 31, 2017, the Birmingham City Council passed a resolution declaring its commitment to making Birmingham a sanctuary city. Now we are calling on the Council and all of our local elected leaders to make good on that promise by implementing strong, concrete, and lawful protections for the city’s immigrant communities. Birmingham, a bastion of civil rights and progress, must equally respect the civil rights of all residents and resoundingly reject being used as an arm of the Trump Administration’s detention and deportation machinery.

On June 13, 2017 we packed the council chambers and officially presented the proposed Sanctuary City Ordinance to the City Council.  On July 1, hundreds of residents marched through the streets for the March For Sanctuary (view the press release here and news coverage of the march here).


View the proposed Sanctuary City Ordinance here.

And check out a one-page section-by-section summary of the ordinance here.


Legal & Policy Analysis:

To learn more about what a “sanctuary city” is, and why smart sanctuary policies increase public safety and uphold, not violate, the law, check out Adelante’s Legal & Policy Briefing: Making Birmingham a Sanctuary City (March 6, 2017) (also available en español: Informe Jurídico y Político: Convertir a Birmingham en Ciudad Santuario)


Birmingham Sanctuary Campaign Members include:

Adelante Alabama Worker Center

Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice

ACLU of Alabama

AIDS Alabama

Black Lives Matter-Birmingham Chapter

Council on American-Islamic Relations of Alabama

Faith in Action Alabama

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Moral Movement Alabama

NAACP of Alabama

Showing Up for Racial Justice-Birmingham Chapter

Southerners on New Ground-Alabama

Southern Poverty Law Center


Read the letter from Sanctuary Coalition Organizations to the Mayor and City Council. And read the coalition’s letter to the new Mayor-Elect and City Council here.


Additional resources on sanctuary jurisdictions and ending police-ICE collusion:

American Immigration Council, “Understanding Trust Acts, Community Policing, and ‘Sanctuary Cities,'” October 10, 2015

Center for Popular Democracy, Protecting Immigrant Communities: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization, March 2017

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, “Immigration Detainers Legal Update,” February 2017

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Searching for Sanctuary: An Analysis of America’s Counties & Their Voluntary Assistance with Deportations, December 2016

Nik Theodore, Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, May 2013

Souther Poverty Law Center, “The Current State of Sanctuary Law,” May 15, 2017

Tom K. Wong, The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy, Center for American Progress, January 26, 2017

Letters to Congress from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, Major County Sheriff’s Association, Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force and others opposing federal legislation to deny funding to “sanctuary” jurisdictions

Map of jurisdictions that limit or bar local law enforcement entanglement in immigration enforcement

Adelante joined the amicus briefs filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Santa Clara v. Trump and San Francisco v. Trump, the lawsuits challenging a provision of President Trump’s immigration executive order threatening to revoke federal funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions. On April 25, 2017, a federal judge blocked the provision of Trump’s order!


#Sanctuary4Bham   #ICEOutOfBham   #MigraFueraDeBham

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