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San Francisco: Sanctuary City

John on September 18, 2008 at 8:22 am

From the SF Chronicle:

It turns out that San Francisco wasn’t shielding just juvenile illegal immigrants from deportation if they committed crimes – City Hall officials have discovered that there are 372 convicted adult felons on probation in the city who weren’t reported to the feds…

Officers with the city Probation Department are supposed to include defendants’ immigration status in their pre-sentencing reports to judges. But “that policy wasn’t being followed,” at least not by everybody, Boyd said.

And apparently, no one was checking.

[...]

Last month, probation officers began spending nights and weekends going over the files of 6,500 felons who are on probation in the city.

About 700 were found to be noncitizens, and 1,200 more had a blank space next to the immigration status question.

Further review found that 372 were probably in the country illegally or had some type of problem with their immigration status.

[...]

Newsom has been in scramble mode on illegal immigrant offenders ever since The Chronicle reported in June that the city was flying underage crack dealers to their homelands rather than handing them over for formal deportation, in possible violation of federal law.

The capper came when the paper reported that Edwin Ramos, an alleged illegal immigrant suspected of killing a father and his two sons on an Excelsior District street, had a juvenile record for assault and robbery but was never turned over to the feds.

And about those juvenile offenders, here’s a related story:

The city’s Juvenile Probation Department has referred 58 offenders to federal authorities since Mayor Gavin Newsom announced July 2 that the city no longer would protect youths from deportation under San Francisco’s sanctuary law. The mayor took the step after The Chronicle revealed that the city was paying for flights home and $7,000-a-month group homes for underage, undocumented offenders, who as adults could face prison and automatic deportation.

Of those 58 offenders, authorities have concluded that 17 – or 29.3 percent – were adults, based on immigration records and the statements of offenders themselves, federal immigration officials say. Most of the 58 were being held on drug-dealing charges.

“It confirms our early suspicion that adults were taking advantage of the sanctuary policy in order to evade detection, responsibility and prosecution for criminal behavior,” said Joseph Russoniello, the U.S. attorney for Northern California.

Give us your tired, your poor, your hungry…your crack dealers pretending to be kids.

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