Sanctuary states, cities and counties in U.S.

Sanctuary states, counties and cities in the (dis)United States of America ignore, defy and violate the federal government’s immigration laws by providing “sanctuary” to illegal aliens with policies, laws, executive orders, or regulations allowing, and in some cases requiring, local law enforcement to avoid cooperating with federal immigration law enforcement authorities, as in deporting criminal illegals.

Below is a map of sanctuary states and cities (for the interactive map, go here):

Map of sanctuary states & cities in U.S.

Below is a list of sanctuary states, counties and cities, as of April 16, 2019, from the Center for Immigration Studies:


  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Illinois
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey
  6. New Mexico
  7. Oregon
  8. Vermont

Cities and Counties


  1. Alameda County
  2. Berkeley
  3. Contra Costa County
  4. Los Angeles County
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Monterey County
  7. Napa County
  8. Oakland
  9. Riverside County
  10. Sacramento County
  11. San Bernardino County
  12. San Diego County
  13. San Francisco
  14. San Francisco County
  15. San Mateo County
  16. Santa Ana
  17. Santa Clara County
  18. Santa Cruz County
  19. Sonoma County
  20. Watsonville


  1. Arapahoe County
  2. Aurora
  3. Boulder County
  4. Denver
  5. Denver County
  6. Garfield County
  7. Grand County
  8. Jefferson County
  9. Larimer County
  10. Mesa County
  11. Pitkin County
  12. Pueblo County
  13. Routt County
  14. San Miguel County
  15. Weld County


  1. East Haven
  2. Hartford


  1. Alachua County


  1. Clayton County
  2. DeKalb County


  1. Benton County
  2. Cass County
  3. Fremont County
  4. Greene County
  5. Ida County
  6. Iowa City
  7. Iowa City, Johnson County
  8. Jefferson County
  9. Marion County
  10. Monona County
  11. Montgomery County
  12. Pottawattamie County
  13. Sioux County


  1. Chicago
  2. Cook County


  1. Butler County
  2. Harvey County


  1. New Orleans


  1. Amherst
  2. Boston
  3. Cambridge
  4. Concord
  5. Lawrence
  6. Newton
  7. Northhampton
  8. Somerville


  1. Baltimore
  2. Montgomery County
  3. Prince George’s County


  1. Ingham County
  2. Kalamazoo County
  3. Kent County
  4. Wayne County


  1. Hennepin County


  1. Jackson


  1. Hall County
  2. Sarpy County

New Jersey

  1. Newark

New Mexico

  1. Bernalillo County
  2. New Mexico County Jails
  3. San Miguel


  1. Washoe County

New York

  1. Albany
  2. Franklin County
  3. Ithaca
  4. Nassau County
  5. New York City
  6. Omondaga County
  7. St. Lawrence County
  8. Wayne County

North Carolina

  1. Buncombe County
  2. Durham County
  3. Forsyth County
  4. Mecklenburg County
  5. Orange County
  6. Wake County


  1. Franklin County


  1. Baker County
  2. Clackamas County
  3. Clatsop County
  4. Coos County
  5. Crook County
  6. Curry County
  7. Deschutes County
  8. Douglas County
  9. Gilliam County
  10. Grant County
  11. Hood River County
  12. Jackson County
  13. Jefferson County
  14. Josephine County
  15. Lane Countyn
  16. Lincoln County
  17. Linn County
  18. Malheur County
  19. Marion County
  20. Marlon County
  21. Multnomah County
  22. Polk County
  23. Sherman County
  24. Springfield
  25. Tillamok County
  26. Umatilla County
  27. Union County
  28. Wallowa County
  29. Wasco County
  30. Washington County
  31. Wheeler County
  32. Yamhill County


  1. Bradford County
  2. Bucks County
  3. Butler County
  4. Chester County
  5. Clarion County
  6. Delaware County
  7. Erie County
  8. Franklin County
  9. Lehigh County
  10. Lycoming County
  11. Montgomery County
  12. Montour County
  13. Perry County
  14. Philadelphia
  15. Pike County
  16. Westmoreland County

Rhode Island

  1. Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Rhode Island Department of Corrections


  1. Arlington County
  2. Chesterfield County
  3. Fairfax County


  1. Burlington
  2. Montpelier
  3. Winooski


  1. Chelan County
  2. Clallam County
  3. Clark County
  4. Cowlitz County
  5. Franklin County
  6. Jefferson County
  7. King County
  8. Kitsap County
  9. Pierce County
  10. San Juan County
  11. Skagit County
  12. Snohomish County
  13. Spokane County
  14. Seattle
  15. Thurston County
  16. Walla Walla County
  17. Wallowa County
  18. Whatcom County
  19. Yakima County


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chemtrailssuckS KennedyWilliamAnne M. BergJackie Puppet Recent comment authors
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It’s a real easy fix. Just start arresting police chiefs and mayors as accessories to the crimes committed by illegal aliens. Also remove qualified immunity from lawsuits. When they start doing time and lose their own money, not the taxpayers, things will change real fast.


And the ones not listed here means it’s under the radar….


You forgot Alaska.
As a reaction to the passing of the Patriot Act , the Alaska legislature passed a law that stated state resources would not be used to apprehend illegal aliens.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

It is amazing that I live in one of these enforced Sanctuary locations. Just this last week, another illegal alien was finally arrested for hit & run of an elderly woman–this happened just six blocks from my home. The guy had purchased a car, never put it in his name, and after the accident, he abandoned it up near the University of Portland. The police went to the registered owner and got the name of the guy who purchased the car. Any more, it is a daily occurrence that illegal alien’s are murdering or killing innocent American citizens. Yet, the… Read more »


Pile’m up in those cities, the more the better, stench, tuberculosis, rapes, murders, homeless, poverty, and keep’m there, oh, and anybody trying to leave, well either send them out or shoot’m on the spot, no warning either.


One good thing is that Gov. DeSantis said Miami will not be a sanctuary city, he knows here is where the buck stops.


I’ve said this dozens of times, and I mean it. These officials take oaths to uphold the laws. If they refuse to do that they are guilty of crimes. If these are federal crimes they need to send the marshals in there and arrest them. Talk of cutting funds is good too. If local and state government refuse to abide by federal law they are no longer part of the country. Unless the residents vote to separate from the United States the residents are entitled to be protected by federal laws. Why they refuse to enforce this is a total… Read more »


I am so glad that my county isn’t a sanctuary county.


The United States of America no longer exists as a Representative Republic. We are now under mob rule (democracy), and we have no representation from the self-serving parasites being paid with taxpayer money. Black-robed lawyers are running the country.


The bolsheviks love to play ‘word salad surgery’ with their commie agenda. Sanctuary Cities are nothing more than historical “Ghetto’s”.

william chandler
william chandler

What sort of incompetent losers does the DOJ employ? The “DOJ” should have ended the sanctuary crap on day one. File the first criminal AND civil lawsuits, freeze the assets of of the “sanctuarians” and the rest would change their tune. Forfeit ALL of Gov. Newsom’s assets to pay damages to the family of that murdered woman ….and jail him as an ACCESSORY and an ACCOMPLICE. Yes, “sanctuary implementors” DO OWE DAMAGES for any harm their law breaking leads to. By the way, why is a clerk jailed for refusing to do her duty and register homosexual marriages,but these politicians… Read more »

william chandler
william chandler

It is government’s PRIMARY DUTY to kill raping, pillaging, murdering, invaders at the BORDER. Then to HANG any traitor who opened the City Gates to them …….. As for these “sanctuary” priests, politicians & judges …..It should be LAW that if your family member is killed by an ILLEGAL you get to execute the Judas Iscariots that gave the ILLEGAL “sanctuary”. Since they claim these “immigrants” are so peaceful they should WELCOME such a law as PROOF of their tolerance. You pay $BILLION$ for “homeland security” but it is NEVER around. DHS an agency with approximately 240,000 employees and a… Read more »


Well, here’s an example. About 300 Africans (from Ebola territory) with another 300 or so behind them, and they’re looking for places to put them up. Why? I know the answer, but I’d like to hear from them why it is that we’re “obligated” to receive and care for them. Remember, to claim asylum they have to go to the NEAREST country. That isn’t the US or Mexico. This has been happening all over Europe. Soros is designated agent for the Americas on this operation. Somebody had to pay to get them to Mexico. They have been shipping them… Read more »


Not a one in my state of Oklahoma, woo hoo!


It’s beginning to look like some want us to lose the bubble on this: Just because it is alleged that some sort of “deal” was struck with Mexico to avert tariffs, doesn’t mean that the basic problem has been “solved”. They are proposing new legislation that would give “amnesty” (read new voters) and Trump is expected to sign it. What happened to the demand for funding to build the wall? The border is more out of control that ever. Now we’re just scooping them up and shipping them off to other areas. Why? I think that just because there’s… Read more »

S Kennedy
S Kennedy

They are destroying our Nation. They are deliberately overloading us economically and all other ways including with criminals. I have never known of any Nation doing such as this to their own selves and Nation without any intervention of the authorities over the Nation to stop it.
Why in the world would they want to destroy their own homeland like this and their own Nation’s people?
Where does all that hate come from?


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