'Sanctuary' Means Different Things To Different Communities

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A crowd gathers for an interfaith rally Sunday outside the Silver Spring Civic Center to protest a surge in hate incidents in the county. Some local authorities say despite anti-immigration rhetoric from the incoming Trump administration, they don't plan to enforce strict immigration laws. (Armando Trull/WAMU)

Dozens of major cities in the United States are standing by their status as sanctuaries for people in the country illegally. The move comes as President-elect Trump vows to cut federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities in his first 100 days.

But the definition of “sanctuary” differs from place to place. Today, we look at what it means to be a sanctuary community in the Washington, D.C. area.

Armando Trull (@trulldc) from Here & Now contributor WAMU reports.

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