Immigrants need a place of refuge from Donald Trump's policies now more than ever — and cities in the United States are stepping up to help

Now that Trump has vowed to deport 3 million undocumented immigrants, officials and police departments across the US are becoming sanctuary cities. In the 1980s, the term "sanctuary cities" began in response to immigration mandates by the government. Some cities vowed to not question someone's immigration status or prosecute.

Here's a roundup of cities that have spoken out since Trump became the next president of the United States.


New York City (and all of New York state)

In a news conference two days after the election, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said he will do everything he can to protect immigrants.

"We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community," de Blasio said. "We are not going to tear families apart." 

New York governor Andrew Cuomo echoed that statement, vowing to help immigrants throughout the entire state.

"If anyone feels that they are under attack I want them to know that the State of New York ― the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor ― is their refuge," Cuomo wrote in an email to members of New York’s democratic party. "Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York."


Philadelphia, PA

During a press conference on November 10, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney said he would continue to help immigrants, which abides the constitution. 

"First of all, we’ve changed the name from sanctuary city to the Fourth Amendment city," Kenney said. "We respect and live up to the Fourth Amendment, which means you can’t be held against your will without a warrant from the court signed by a judge. So yeah, we will continue to be a Fourth Amendment city abiding by the Constitution."


Chicago, IL

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said that Chi-Town will always be a sanctuary city.

"To all those who are, after Tuesday's election, very nervous and filled with are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago," Emanuel said at a news conference, while also announcing the expansion of mental health services for people anxious over the election results.

"Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. It always will be a sanctuary city," the mayor said.


San Francisco, CA

On the steps of city hall, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee promised to protect immigrants and people from the LGBT community.

"We will always be San Francisco," Lee said during the press conference. "I know that there are a lot of people who are angry and frustrated and fearful, but our city's never been about that. We have been and always have been a city of refuge, a city of sanctuary, a city of love."


Seattle, WA

On the after the election results, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said in a press conference: "These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors. We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That’s not America. Seattle is the same city today that it was yesterday...guided by equality and inclusion and openness."


Los Angeles, CA

Not only is the city of Los Angeles supporting immigrants during this turbulent and emotional time, but the Los Angeles Police Department is promising to do the same.

"I don't intend on doing anything different," police chief Charlie Beck told The Los Angeles Times. "We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job."


Providence, RI

Providence mayor Jorge Elorza said that he would continue to follow the law that has always been in place. 

"I've been in touch with both mayors [from N.Y and L.A.] and I’ve told them that we’re going to stand together on this," Elorza told The Providence Journal Sunday afternoon. "We’re not going to sacrifice any of our people and we’re going to continue with the policy we’ve always had."

However, now the office of Elorza is saying otherwise. We have reached out for comment to clarify his statements. We will update this post when they respond.


Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges has continued to voice her disdain for Trump and his agenda: 

"If Congress follows through on President-elect Trump’s threat to cities, they will have our hardworking officers bear the brunt of their own obstructionism," Hodges told City Pages. "The complete failure of president-elect Trump's allies in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform should not be borne by our local police officers who already have a tough job to do."

In a lengthy Facebook post, Hodges said her city will protect any person that is being discriminated against.

"No one in Minneapolis, Minnesota, or this country should experience a crime simply for being who they are. Ever," Hodges wrote. 

We will update this post when more city officials step forward in announcing their protection of undocumented immigrants.