CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The city of Chula Vista Tuesday will consider calling itself a "welcoming city," rather than a so-called sanctuary city.
Sanctuary cities have historically protected those who have violated federal immigration laws. However, a welcoming city would welcome and serve all people equally regardless of immigration status.
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At a Tuesday meeting, the Chula Vista City Council will discuss current immigration policies and how immigration violations are handled.
The council is calling for the development of a program that would better communicate those policies to the city's immigrant community, so everyone has a clear understanding of laws and services.
President Trump signed an executive order that would hold federal funds to any city considered a sanctuary city, but the order did not specifically mention welcoming cities.
Legal experts told 10News there is no actual legal definition of either term, yet. However, legal experts said Chula Vista has always technically been a welcoming city since there a number of tourists, international students, refugees and a close relationship with neighbors in Mexico.