So far, two of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s appointments have run into trouble with the Board of Supervisors over a fight about immigration.
The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee, chaired by Supervisor David Campos, held up Newsom’s reappointment of Police Commission President Joseph Marshall after he refused to take a position on the controversial federal immigration program, known as Secure Communities. Then on Thursday, the committee grilled Newsom’s appointment of his former spokesman Joe Arellano to the Juvenile Probation Commission and ultimately spoke against his appointment because of a disagreement about immigration.
Arellano sided with Newsom’s changes to sanctuary policies, and Campos blasted him for it.
“You are willing to live with that and say, ‘Tough luck. It is what it is. No policy is perfect,’” Campos said. “And I think it is easy to say that when you yourself are not going to be subjected to that policy.”
The policy change required officials to report undocumented youths arrested on felony charges to federal immigration officers for possible deportation. Campos fought to change the policy to make reporting mandatory only after a felony conviction.
Newsom criticized the committee for holding up Marshall’s appointment last month, and once again came out against the group.
“In David Campos’ world, it’s his way or no way. If you disagree with him, you are belittled and silenced,” Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said.
On Thursday, the committee forwarded to the full board Marshall’s appointment for a vote Tuesday. It sent to the full board a motion to reject Arellano’s appointment. It would take a two-thirds vote to reject Arellano.