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Chula Vista City Council to discuss becoming 'welcoming city' instead of 'sanctuary city'

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 20:07:39-04

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.

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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.

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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.