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After agonized debate, Santa Clara keeps its sanctuary policy

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Downtown San Jose, CA

Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to retain their sanctuary policy on Tuesday. South Bay officials were compelled to review the policy by a brutal murder earlier this year, which raised thorny questions about immigrants’ rights and public safety.

"A whopping 138 thousand Santa Clara residents are thought to be undocumented. That's larger than Berkeley’s entire population."

Teresa is KALW's immigration reporter. You can reach her at immigration@kalw.org.


Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.