Sanctuary City

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The City of Davis was originally declared a City of Sanctuary in 1986.  The City Council reaffirmed the City of Sanctuary status in 2007 and again in 2014. With each reaffirmation, the City Council updated the original resolution.

The question of what it means to be a Sanctuary City is frequently asked. Simply stated, it means that our police officers or other city officials, during the course of duty, do not take documented status into account when they encounter individuals in Davis. Documented status is not a factor in interactions or provision of city services or access to city facilities. Documented status is a federal, not a local, issue. The Sanctuary City policy is only applied within the city limits; it does not apply to Yolo County or to other jurisdictions.


For more information and the history of Davis as a Sanctuary City, please read the November 5, 2014 City Council Staff Report:

Sanctuary City Resolutions: