Canada’s undocumented immigrants have found another sanctuary.

Hamilton declared itself a “sanctuary city” on Wednesday, becoming only the second city in Canada to do so, after Toronto passed a similar motion last year.

The idea is that a “sanctuary city” takes deliberate steps to make municipal services accessible to all residents, regardless of immigration status. Proponents argue this makes for a better, safer community for all by encouraging vulnerable people to get help (for example, calling the police or using a shelter), without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officers for detention and deportation.

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