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Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration leaves a lot unanswered for sanctuary cities like L.A.

Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration leaves a lot unanswered for sanctuary cities like L.A.

Scores of communities across California and the nation over the last decade have declared themselves "sanctuary cities," a politically potent if largely symbolic designation aimed at expressing solidarity and granting protection for immigrants in this country illegally.

During the Obama years, becoming a sanctuary city came with few consequences because the White House pushed for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for many here without proper documentation.

But with President-elect Donald Trump vowing to deport millions of immigrants, the role of sanctuary cities is likely to get more complicated and controversial. 

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