Sanctuary States

Sanctuary states are those that limit or ban cooperation of state and local officials with the federal government in regard to enforcement of immigration law. So, when federal law enforcement agencies are investigating or prosecuting someone for illegal immigration, state and local police departments would be precluded from providing information or assistance under state law.

The meaning of sanctuary states however differs depending on whom one is speaking to. For instance, some see sanctuary states or cities being places where illegal immigrants are protected. While others see these areas as some sort of shelters against aggressive federal deportation policies.

As of 2021, there were seven sanctuary states. However, while there is no statewide sanctuary law in these, four additional states have cities and/or counties that provide sanctuary from federal immigration law.

Learn for yourself about sanctuary states by surveying the data in the charts.

Sanctuary States by State

Alabama - Sanctuary States

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3.5%

#46 in the US

Alaska - Sanctuary States

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8.1%

#22 in the US

Arizona - Sanctuary States

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12.6%

#15 in the US

Arkansas - Sanctuary States

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4.7%

#39 in the US

California - Sanctuary States

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Yes

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26.6%

#1 in the US

Colorado - Sanctuary States

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9.8%

#19 in the US

Connecticut - Sanctuary States

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15.2%

#9 in the US

Delaware - Sanctuary States

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10.1%

#17 in the US

Florida - Sanctuary States

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21.2%

#4 in the US

Georgia - Sanctuary States

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10%

#18 in the US

Hawaii - Sanctuary States

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18.8%

#5 in the US

Idaho - Sanctuary States

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6.1%

#28 in the US

Illinois - Sanctuary States

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14.2%

#11 in the US

Indiana - Sanctuary States

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5.6%

#31 in the US

Iowa - Sanctuary States

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5.4%

#32 in the US

Kansas - Sanctuary States

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6.9%

#29 in the US

Kentucky - Sanctuary States

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4%

#40 in the US

Louisiana - Sanctuary States

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4.3%

#41 in the US

Maine - Sanctuary States

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4.1%

#42 in the US

Maryland - Sanctuary States

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15.9%

#10 in the US

Massachusetts - Sanctuary States

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17.6%

#7 in the US

Michigan - Sanctuary States

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6.8%

#30 in the US

Minnesota - Sanctuary States

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8.5%

#23 in the US

Mississippi - Sanctuary States

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2.1%

#49 in the US

Missouri - Sanctuary States

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4.1%

#43 in the US

Montana - Sanctuary States

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2.2%

#50 in the US

Nebraska - Sanctuary States

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7.4%

#26 in the US

Nevada - Sanctuary States

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18.4%

#6 in the US

New Hampshire - Sanctuary States

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5.9%

#33 in the US

New Jersey - Sanctuary States

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23%

#2 in the US

New Mexico - Sanctuary States

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9.1%

#20 in the US

New York - Sanctuary States

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22.3%

#3 in the US

North Carolina - Sanctuary States

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8.2%

#24 in the US

North Dakota - Sanctuary States

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4.4%

#44 in the US

Ohio - Sanctuary States

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5%

#34 in the US

Oklahoma - Sanctuary States

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5.8%

#35 in the US

Oregon - Sanctuary States

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9.7%

#21 in the US

Pennsylvania - Sanctuary States

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7.2%

#27 in the US

Rhode Island - Sanctuary States

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14.5%

#12 in the US

South Carolina - Sanctuary States

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5.2%

#36 in the US

South Dakota - Sanctuary States

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3.5%

#47 in the US

Tennessee - Sanctuary States

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5.3%

#37 in the US

Texas - Sanctuary States

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17.2%

#8 in the US

Utah - Sanctuary States

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8.3%

#25 in the US

Vermont - Sanctuary States

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4.2%

#45 in the US

Virginia - Sanctuary States

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12.4%

#16 in the US

Washington - Sanctuary States

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14.8%

#13 in the US

West Virginia - Sanctuary States

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1.6%

#51 in the US

Wisconsin - Sanctuary States

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5.1%

#38 in the US

Wyoming - Sanctuary States

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3.4%

#48 in the US