What do you think of this Federal grand jury investigating S.F.'s sanctuary-city policies ?
(10-03) 17:58 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal grand jury is investigating whether San Francisco's policy of offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants violates U.S. laws against harboring people who are in the country illegally, city officials say. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said his office has hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent employees who might be questioned or asked for documents. Both he and Mayor Gavin Newsom said they would cooperate with the investigation.
San Francisco, like about 80 other U.S. cities and five states, has a law prohibiting the use of its funds to help enforce federal immigration law or question individuals about their immigration status. The San Francisco ordinance, originally prompted by arrivals of refugees from Central American wars of the 1980s, specifies that police can report jailed felons to federal immigration authorities.The Chronicle reported earlier this year that San Francisco juvenile justice authorities, interpreting the sanctuary policy, had flown some illegal immigrant youths to their home countries after juvenile court judges found they had committed felonies. Other youths were sent to unlocked group homes in this country and escaped.
The policy of not referring juvenile offenders to federal immigration authorities had been in place for at least a decade. Newsom announced in July, after the first Chronicle articles appeared, that he had halted the flights in May and told city officials to start turning over youthful felons as well as adults to immigration officers for deportation.
Herrera's office was notified of the investigation several weeks ago when the grand jury issued a subpoena for documents. It's not clear whether prosecutors are seeking evidence of possible criminal violations by city officials. Herrera issued a prepared statement but did not answer questions about the investigation, and U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello - who has been a vocal critic of the city's policy - had no comment, said spokesman Joshua Eaton.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
If there was any justice in America Gavin Newsom would be rotting in federal prison doing life.
But we live in billion bankster bailout America. In that America only the average America will get punished for bad decisions.
- 4 years ago
First you do away with NAFTA. Then the unlawful immigrants will quit coming right here in such large waves. NAFTA became into meant to help do away with unlawful immigration via globalizing Mexico, however the opposite occurred. Florida additionally has heavy sanctuary for Cuban immigrants besides. maximum of those human beings come right here because of the fact their land became into taken from them for the time of the Neo-liberalist wave in Mexico and significant u.s. or because of the fact they fled to shop their lives from dying squads. whilst the US backed the superb-Wing Governments for the time of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Nicaragua, and numerous different international locations... hundreds of hundreds of persons fled in seek of sanctuary contained in u.s.. Sanctuary became into only given to persons that have been fleeing "Communist" international locations like Cuba. It facilitates to look farther back than to easily look at immigration for immigration state. Ever hear of MS-13... they seem to be a fabricated from what occurred in El Salvador. Write your congressman.
- ibu guruLv 71 decade ago
It's about time!