Newsom praises judge’s decision on Arizona law 

Mayor Gavin Newsom praised the decision of a federal judge who today decided to block Arizona from moving forward with its controversial immigration law, that was set to take effect tomorrow.

Newsom, who has been caught in the middle of his own immigration debates with San Francisco’s sanctuary city laws, said the judge did the right thing.

“Local law enforcement has the most important responsibility and that’s to build trust with the community,” Newsom said. “When you build trust with the community, you can work to decrease crime.”

While he said that this debate has been a wake-up call to federal lawmakers for serious and comprehensive immigration reform, Newsom said Arizona’s law is not the right path to solving the long-term issues of immigration.

“The Arizona law uses local law enforcement for federal enforcement of immigration laws, disconnecting the bond of trust where people are less likely to come forward to report crimes and tell officers what they know and what they have seen.”

Newsom banned all city workers from traveling to Arizona on official city business after the state passed the immigration law in April.

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