Tomorrow evening the Arcata City Council will consider passing a resolution that would put Arcata on the path to becoming a Sanctuary City. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chamber, located at 736 F Street, Arcata.

Centro del Pueblo Secretary and Sanctuary Cities Chair Daniela Vargas was on KHUM earlier today explaining why Sanctuary City resolutions are important.  


The proposed resolution summary is below.  To read Resolution #167-24 in full head here (page 181).  

In an effort to promote public health and safety, some cities have adopted policies to encourage undocumented individuals to access city services and report crimes. The rationale is that the entire community is safer as a result. Such cities sometimes call themselves “sanctuary cities.” The Arcata City Council passed Resolution #167-24 affirming our commitment to the values of the Arcata community. Incorporated into the Motion to approve Resolution 167-24 was direction to schedule time on a future agenda to discuss the specifics of Arcata being considered a Sanctuary City.


It is recommended that the City Council consider actions to protect undocumented residents from targeted immigration enforcement safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all Arcata residents.

Options could include:

  • 1. Passage of a Motion, Resolution or an Ordinance restricting the City’s including the Police Department’s cooperation with immigration enforcement which could include or not include the term Sanctuary City.
  • 2. Providing direction to City Departments including the Police Department to develop specific policies that restrict or prohibit certain levels of immigration enforcement.
  • 3. Consider supporting California Senate Bill 54 designed to prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes, as specified. SB 54 does not specifically use the word Sanctuary.