The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to clarify guidelines under which federal deportation authorities should be contacted if an immigrant in the U.S. illegally is detained.
The plan would direct law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if a person detained is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years.
San Francisco law contains outlines for city employees to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they encounter people who are living in the country illegally and are not in jail. For those in custody, the previous sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, required federal officials to get a warrant or court notice to hold an inmate facing possible deportation and forbade staff from talking to immigration authorities.
Kate Steinle case
The proposal to clarify the rules comes nearly a year after the shooting that killed a 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Suspect Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez is a Mexican national who had been released from jail, despite federal requests to detain him for deportation proceedings.
The Associated Press reported the new sheriff repealed the communication ban, but the San Francisco Sheriff's Department generally does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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