Anchorage, Alaska (Sanctuary status disputed by the City of Anchorage, see below)
Anchorage, Alaksa denies Sanctuary City status in letter to sanctuary city information web sites
Anchorage, Alaska has joined the list of cities who are denying their classification as a sanctuary city. In this case, they cite the reason they were added to the list, and what the City did to reverse that ruling. They didn't respond to the more recent issue regarding federal IDs.
It would be best if the Congressional Review would reanalyze their data and produce a revised report. I suspect the number of cities and states would have multiplied since they previously did the report. Until then we have contradictory information, and to be fair to the City, we will show their side of the arguement by displaying the letter they sent. City of Anchorage Denial Letter
(The city of Fairbanks has been removed from the Sanctuary Cities list due to the city council's passage of a resolution supporting a formal recognition of its cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.) Please see the Resolution HERE
If illegals can't meld into US, then and then only, the boot
By JOHN ZEBUTIS , Anchorage Daily News, February 18, 2008
While hiking the other day with buddies -- call them Lefty, Righty and Indy -- I was feeling a little ornery. So I threw out a 'What should we do about immigration' missile and waited for detonation. It took a half second.
Liberals view Bauer's concern as evil
By Dan Fagan, Anchorage Daily News, February 17, 2008
Some of you were probably baffled recently when Anchorage Assemblyman Allan Tesche drew comparisons between his fellow Assembly member Paul Bauer and the rise of Adolph Hitler.
Senator calls Real ID law an intrusion
By WESLEY LOY, Anchorage Daily News, February 15, 2008
A state senator from Anchorage is pushing legislation that would have the state defy a federal mandate to issue so-called Real ID driver's licenses.
Bauer raises immigrant issue again
By KYLE HOPKINS, Anchorage Daily News, January 24, 2008
Late last year the Anchorage Assembly killed Paul Bauer's plan to have police check for illegal immigrants during traffic stops. Now, Assemblyman Bauer hopes to resurrect the idea by putting the debate before voters.
City officials stress Anchorage is not a sanctuary city
by Jill Burke for KTTU-TV
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- You may have heard talk recently about whether Anchorage is or is not a sanctuary city.
The term is used to describe cities that are, or are perceived to be, friendlier to undocumented workers or illegal immigrants than others.
One year ago, Anchorage made the list of 31 cities classified as a so-called sanctuary city by the Congressional Research Service.
Some cities, like San Francisco, which have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities, choose not to have local law enforcement help federal immigration agents identify, detain and deport people.
Anchorage assemblyman Paul Bauer is concerned about Anchorage's possible image as a place that gives willful refuge to illegal aliens and wants city laws adjusted to make it clear that local police will help with immigration enforcement and will enforce federal law.
"The last past years has thrown a major influx of immigration. They figure 10.5 million illegal immigrants in this country now that are putting an economic impact on some communities. And this is something that I want to make sure Anchorage isn't advertised as a gateway for that, for illegal immigrants," Bauer said.
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich said he's also concerned about the label.
"The fact is, we are not a sanctuary city. Our police department works very closely with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and all of the folks within the federal government and I don't know where this rating came from, or this labeling, but it is really, in my view, a bogus labeling for our city," Begich said.
The Mayor said the city is already doing all of the cooperative type of work with federal agencies that Bauer is seeking.
Bauer plans to introduce his anti-sanctuary city concept to the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday.
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One year ago, Anchorage made the list of 31 cities classified as a so-called sanctuary city by the Congressional Research Service. (KTUU-TV)
The term is used to describe cities that are, or are perceived to be, friendlier to undocumented workers or illegal immigrants than others. (KTUU-TV)
Anchorage assemblyman Paul Bauer is concerned about the city's possible image as a place that gives willful refuge to illegal aliens. (Shawn Wilson/KTUU-TV)
Bauer plans to introduce his anti-sanctuary city concept to the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday. (KTUU-TV)
Mayor Mark Begich said the Anchorage police department works very closely with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the federal government. (Shawn Wilson/KTUU-TV)