The city council of Lansing, Michigan voted Wednesday to rescind a decision to deem itself a “sanctuary” city for illegal immigrants, after local businesses complained that the status would draw unwelcome attention to the city.
The term “sanctuary” generally refers to municipalities that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. Under Lansing policy, police don’t ask for immigration status except as required by law.
Previously, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero boldly moved to designate the city a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens and appeared on Fox News to defiantly make the claim.
But after a previous go-ahead vote and the resulting uproar, Council members voted 5-2 to reverse last week’s 6-0 vote to give Lansing “sanctuary” status.