SF Closer to Becoming First County to Outlaw Illegal Immigrant Detentions

San Francisco County is set to become the first in the nation to make it illegal for law enforcement officials to detain illegal immigrants "solely on the basis of immigration status."

On Thursday, the ordinance made it out of committee and was recommended to the full Board of Supervisors which will reportedly vote on the measure on September 17.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the ordinance was "authored by Supervisor John Avalos and [is] supported by a supermajority of his colleagues." Currently, the San Francisco Sheriff Department's policy "states that only people suspected of serious or violent felonies, or those with a serious or violent felony in their past, will be held for immigration authorities." 

Supporters of the ordinance, as it is written, reportedly have a "veto-proof majority," even though law enforcement authorities want the ordinance amended "to see convicted violent felons, sex offenders and those with prior weapons possession convictions exempted from the law."


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