Sanctuary policy showdown arrives 

Supervisor David Campos holds a Thursday hearing before the Rules Committee, which he chairs, about the Juvenile Probation Department’s refusal to implement legislation adopted by the Board of Supervisors to change The City’s sanctuary policy.

The legislation adopted by the Board of Supervisors had an effective date of Feb. 10, and Campos has said that means The City should no longer be following the old sanctuary policy. He has said The City should no longer report undocumented youths arrested on felony charges to federal authorities for possible deportation. Instead, The City should only be reporting them upon a conviction.

The Juvenile Probation Department and Mayor Gavin Newsom disagree with Campos, and stand by the reporting of youths arrested on felonies.

But that stance was called into question recently with news of a recent deportation case, as reported first by The Examiner.

The hearing takes place Thursday, at 10 a.m., at City Hall, Room 250.

In a statement Wednesday, Campos said:

“I am deeply concerned that a City department has failed to implement a law duly-enacted by the board, and I believe this represents a serious violation of San Francisco’s legislative process. The Rules Committee has a responsibility to ensure that our City government remains transparent and accountable to all San Franciscans. And the tragic Washington case has reminded us, the department’s failure to implement this sensible measure is having a devastating impact on San Francisco immigrant youth and their families. Reporting youth for deportation without a right to a hearing on their charges goes against our nation’s deeply held values of fairness and due process.”


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