Action threatened over sanctuary law 

The Juvenile Probation Department could face consequences — including a loss of city funding — if it doesn’t obey The City’s new sanctuary law that protects undocumented juveniles from being deported unless they are convicted of a felony, Supervisor David Campos said Monday.

Campos said he plans to call for a hearing at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting to demand answers from Juvenile Probation Department head William Siffermann about if and when probation officials will start complying with the new ordinance that says undocumented juveniles can only be reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement if they are convicted of a felony.

The ordinance must be implemented by Wednesday.

The policy currently requires probation department officials to report undocumented youths to ICE upon being arrested on suspicion of a felony.

The controversial ordinance, initiated by Campos last year, has divided policymakers and the community about whether it violates federal law.

Mayor Gavin Newsom has remained unwavering in his position.

“You can’t implement something that contravenes federal law,” he said Monday.

And City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a memo in December saying the Juvenile Probation Department could change its policies to reflect the law, but it doesn’t have to and it still would be in compliance with the legislation.

Siffermann said he was still in discussions with Herrera and outside legal counsel.

“I haven’t been provided with any reason to change our policy from the City Attorney’s Office or outside legal counsel,” Siffermann said. “But we are still in discussions.”

Time is running out, however. Campos said the probation department is supposed to begin complying with the law by Wednesday.

“If they don’t, they are in violation of city law,” he said. “The question for us as a board is do we want to subsidize activities of a department that’s in violation of a law we enacted? That’s something we have to address.”

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