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Elizabeth Cohen defines sanctuary areas in PolitiFact article

October 22, 2018


Elizabeth Cohen, associate professor of political science, was quoted in the PolitiFact article "Senate Leadership Fund distorts Heidi Heitkamp's record on immigration." An ad released by the Senate Leadership Fund in the North Dakota Senate race says Heitkamp supports sanctuary cities "where illegal immigrants can be released on our streets, like this criminal, who was let go and then sexually assaulted a child." According to Cohen, "The one common theme to sanctuary areas is not that they release criminals onto the streets, but that they will not do the work that is the responsibility of the federal enforcement agencies." PolitiFact rates the statement by the Senate Leadership Fund mostly false. 10/22/18

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