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San Francisco poised to revive ‘sanctuary city’ after feds deport more than 100 non-criminals
View Secure Communities Deportations in CA in a full screen map
The map shows deportations in California for non-criminal and minor offenses under the Secure Communities program. Click on the flag to see details about each county. Source: Department of Homeland Security. Map by Jason Winshell.
San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey now believes, based on private statements from federal officials, that he is not legally required to honor the so-called “immigration detainers,” said the sheriff’s spokeswoman Eileen Hirst. She said the department is now reviewing its options, and seeking “guidance” from the Sanctuary Ordinance.
City set own rules
The sanctuary city ordinance was designed to protect the rights of immigrants who might turn out to have been innocent of the crimes for which they were arrested but who were suspected of violating immigration law. Police reported only those people to immigration who were booked on felony charges or had felony histories, had identified themselves as foreign-born, or who had been determined to be foreign-born.
Deported after petty crimes
San Francisco could be one of the first counties to act on this information. “We are now taking a look at our policy that requires us to honor all ICE detainers,” Hirst said. “We are looking to the Sanctuary Ordinance for guidance.”
About the Author
Jason Winshell is photo editor of the Public Press. He also reports and does data analysis. The focus of his art is social documentary photography. In 2010, he was nominated for the SFMOMA SECA award. He has published a book of 45 color photographs about life in San Francisco, “Street.”