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CAPITOL JOURNAL : State needs to define 'sanctuary'

Mar 16, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

"Sanctuary" is a fighting word in the state Legislature -- whatever "sanctuary" means.

And that's one of the hang-ups. There's not even bipartisan agreement on what it means to be a "sanctuary city."

"It means different things to different folks," says Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), a longtime advocate of immigrant rights who is trying to turn California into a sanctuary state.

"It's a symbolic word across the political spectrum," De Leon continues. "On the far ri...