Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday requested a hearing on the Juvenile Probation Department to hold the department accountable for choosing not to stop reporting illegal juvenile immigrants arrested on felonies to ICE for deportation proceedings as called for by recently approved city legislation.
As was reported in the Examiner’s Tuesday edition, Campos is not happy with the department’s unwillingness to follow the law approved by the board, which prohibits reporting of juveniles unless they are convicted. That law is supposed to go into effect Feb. 10.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and the department, acting on advice from the City Attorney, say the policy does not have to change. But Campos believes the department has to adhere to the new law.
“The board passed this legislation last year. The legislation provides a very clear timeline by which the juvenile probation department is supposed to implement the ordinance,” Campos said Tuesday. “I met today with the chief of juvenile, who indicated to me that they have no intent in complying with the ordinance.”
Campos said that the “hundreds of people who worked on the passage of this legislation need to have a public forum where they can hear directly from the department about their decision not to implement and to hear directly what’s happening within juvenile probation in terms of its treatment of undocumented youth.”
The board’s Rules Committee, chaired by Campos, is expected to hold the hearing in short order.
“As an elected member of this body I do have concerns about the juvenile probation department using very limited city resources for the purposes of enforcing immigration law. Not only is that inconsistent with the sanctuary policy that has been in place for more than 20 years but it is a clear violation of the law that has been duly enacted by the Board of Supervisors.”