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Debate over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ continues in turn to strengthen San Francisco’s law




The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay are seen from above in San Francisco, California.
The Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay are seen from above in San Francisco, California.
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San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the new sheriff are at odds over renewing the city's so-called sanctuary law.

The law prohibits local law enforcement cooperation with US Immigration and Customs, except when it's the release of someone recently convicted a violent felony.

That policy's been heavily criticized since last summer. Last July 1st, a San Francisco woman walking with her father along the Embarcadero was shot and killed by a man in the country illegally. He was recently released from jail.

ICE had wanted him held for deportation. He'd been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies over the years. Most were drug related. He had no recent violent offenses. Last night, the SF Board of Supervisors put off voting on Supervisor John Avalos' sanctuary measure. He's hoping to get the support of Sheriff Vicki Hennessy.

Guests:

Saira Hussain, a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Justice Reform program with Advancing Justice / Asian Law Caucus, based in San Francisco

Ira Mehlman, Media Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform

Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants’ rights for the ACLU of California and staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California.