Saturday, April 28, 2007

SF Mayor declares “sanctuary” for fugitives, but sheriff’s office helps ICE investigators anyway

Far left Mayor Gavin Newsom of far left San Francisco is actively opposing federal law enforcement efforts to apprehend illegal immigrants who are already violating deportation orders. Newsom told a church group "I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way, shape or form with these raids."

The targets of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) Operation Return to Sender investigations are not just illegal immigrants, they are "immigration fugitives" named in warrants because they have violated deportation orders or returned to the U.S. after having been deported.

Many of the immigrant fugitives have criminal records. In essence, Newsom is denouncing immigration officials for enforcing the law. In general, Newsom's comments are irrelevant because ICE doesn't ask local cops to help apprehend "immigration fugitives."

But specifically, San Francisco’s sanctuary policy includes an exemption that allows city workers to assist ICE when "such assistance is specifically required by federal law." San Francisco's sheriff, able to tell right from wrong, says that, in accordance with federal law, his office notifies ICE about "hundreds" of jailed illegal immigrants every year.

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