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Sanctuary Cities:
Politics, Policy and Social Justice

Sanctuary Cities: Politics, Policy and Social Justice


This course teaches students about the basics of immigration law and the concept of a “sanctuary city” as it has evolved as a form of intended protection for immigrants and the community generally. The course will teach students to read and analyze materials related to these policies and approaches. The course will also examine how these sanctuary policies are related to other past and current efforts and strategies to achieve safety, security, and justice for various communities.

Why Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in America, and is an entry point for many immigrants seeking a new life in the U.S. With its close proximity to the border with Mexico, Los Angeles attracts a large migrant population from South America. In addition, Los Angeles is the first location of entry for many Asian populations seeking sanctuary.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will have basic knowledge of immigration laws and policies.
  2. Students will understand the concepts of Sanctuary and Sanctuary Cities, in a historical context.
  3. Students will be able to provide analysis and articulations of varying approaches to and visions of sanctuary.
  4. Students will recognize distinct experiences, perspectives and issues–informed by immigration status, race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, or other differences among individuals or communities–as a part of the fabric of the American body politic.
  5. Students will develop and improve research, analysis and writing skills.

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