The Palm Springs City Council Wednesday evening approved a resolution proclaiming it as a sanctuary city.
The resolution makes it easier for people to understand what the city’s policies are and to use the words “sanctuary city,” Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors said, according to The Desert Sun.
“This doesn’t change anything in our existing law,” Kors said.
The resolution was approved 4-1 with Mayor Robert Moon voting no.
Moon talked about the city not having a jail and that anyone taken into custody is often transferred to Indio.
“I don’t think it’s really necessary to designate ourselves as a sanctuary city,” Moon said, citing the city’s lack of a jail and that anyone taken into custody is often transferred to Indio.
Sanctuary cities generally limit cooperation with federal immigration officials by prohibiting their employees from asking about immigration status or prohibiting jails from coordinating with federal immigration authorities, except in cases involving inmates convicted of violent crimes, according to The Desert Sun.
Sanctuary policies do not prevent federal authorities from carrying out raids or investigations.