San Francisco Seeks to Opt Out of Federal Anti-Immigration Program
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Let me be specific on that headline, we're talking about illegal immigration.
San Francisco is probably concerned about this because it knows that it is big on charging but not necessarily prosecuting, creating huge headaches for the SFPD and Sheriff's Department. Do you know how much it costs to house 1400 illegal ice cream vendors at 850 Bryant for months?
SF Gate's City Insider:
Five San Francisco supervisors have signed on to a nonbinding resolution that would urge local law enforcement officials to opt out of participating in the federal ''Secure Communities'' program, which is being rolled out across the United States and is slated to start in San Francisco next month.
As part of the program, the fingerprints of those booked are automatically sent to a state justice department database accessed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, known as ICE.
Under current policy in San Francisco, the sheriff's department only reports suspected felons whose immigration status cannot be readily determined to ICE for further review.
Under the new program, anyone booked in jailed [sic], whether for a felony, misdemeanor or infraction, would be reported automatically; local law enforcement no longer would get to decide who to report.
Sheriff Michael Hennessey, who opposes the change, said Secure Communities effectively would gut San Francisco's sanctuary policy and likely result in more undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
Listen, I'm sick of my city being a sanctuary for homeless, crackheads, washed up dot-com-ers, douchebags, and every illegal immigrant under the rainbow. I'm more than cool with diversity and love that my child gets to grow up here (even if it is difficult explaining to a 1st grader why that lady on the corner is sleeping in a puddle of her own vomit) but enough is enough. Perhaps if the federal government had taken care of this little problem years ago, we would not have this massive clusterfuck to contend with today. Instead, as is their wont, they let it fester until it became completely unmanageable. You know, breaking point.
Too bad that North American Union thing never worked out, would have solved a lot of the issue right there.