San Francisco’s city attorney, district attorney and public defender have joined forces to call on immigration officials to refrain from enforcement operations inside courthouses.
In other words, they aren’t going to enforce U.S. immigration law.
In a rare joint statement, the city’s top lawyers lent their support to a letter by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye expressing concern about reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were detaining people inside courthouses.
The enforcement operations could deter immigrants from testifying in court cases, reporting crimes and showing up for court dates, officials said.
Or not. There is scant evidence that this is the case.
San Francisco is one of many communities in California and nationwide to have “sanctuary city” policies limiting law enforcement cooperation with immigration authorities.
San Francisco officials have taken a stance against increased immigration enforcement efforts by the current administration, including city funding for immigrant legal defense through nonprofits.
Earlier this month the mayor and Board of Supervisors agreed to release funds for a small immigrant legal defense unit in the Public Defender’s Office as well.
If this sounds Orwellian, it is.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner