In San Francisco, pushing for sanctuary law
David Campos, City of San Francisco, supervisor"If allowed to stand, Mayor [Gavin] Newsom's unilateral decision would have ramifications that go beyond the issue of sanctuary," Campos wrote in a memo to Herrera. "It would undermine the democratic process that is at the heart of our system."
A city supervisor, David Campos, is pushing the implementation of a controversial sanctuary law in San Francisco, asking the city attorney in a letter to back it. San Francisco Mayor Newsom has said that the new law - shielding youth from being reported as illegal immigrants by police, unless a felony has been committed and they have been convicted - it would violate federal law.
The law, which went into effect today, prohibits probation officers from reporting youth to Immigration Customs Enforcement unless they are booked on a felony, and a judge upholds the felony charge. Prior to this law, they are reporting was to take place upon booking.
A similar plan was implemented with illegal immigrants of all ages in a town in Arizona, in which a Sheriff was informed that he could not report illegal immigrants unless a judge upheld a conviction for felony.
For a PDF file of Campos' letter to city attorney the Honorable Dennis J Herrera, follow this link
A San Francisco supervisor is asking the city attorney to weigh in on a controversial law that keeps police from immediately reporting illegal immigrant youths to authorities.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has vowed to ignore the city ordinance, which he says violates federal law.
The ordinance, which went into effect Thursday, says undocumented immigrant minors can only be handed over to immigration authorities after they've been convicted of a felony.
In a letter to the city attorney, Supervisor David Campos is questioning the legality of Newsom's refusal to implement a duly enacted law.
Immigrant advocates say the measure would prevent minors from being turned over for possible deportation without an opportunity to defend themselves.