San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey will start releasing low-level illegal-immigrant criminals from jail even if federal officials notified through a controversial fingerprint identification program request that they be held for a deportation hearing. Read More
Sheriff Michael Hennessey will be among several speakers in Sacramento on Tuesday to support a bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano that would allow local governments to opt out of a controversial federal program that helps identify illegal immigrants. Read More
There were more than a few hiccups along the way, but Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that they are now connected to every county in California through the Secure Communities fingerprint identification program. Read More
Federal immigration officials hastily changed their opt-out policies after officials from San Francisco and other counties actually took them up on the assurance that they could not participate in a controversial program to identify illegal immigrants. Read More
A woman calls police because she is the victim of a domestic violence incident. Police arrive, but the attacker accuses the woman of being the aggressor. Unable to sort out blame, police arrest both people.
Charges are dropped against the woman, but because of a new federal program that The City has been forced to participate in, her fingerprints are sent through a federal database. Read More
Civil rights groups will be knocking on Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris’ office door come January in an effort to opt out of a controversial federal program that collects the fingerprint data of anyone arrested to see if they are illegal immigrants. Read More
District Attorney Kamala Harris, soon to be the state’s attorney general, is already dodging questions about important issues she will have to tackle once in Sacramento. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is reminding Sheriff Michael Hennessey who is boss of San Francisco.
While the mayor “respects” the sheriff’s opinion that San Francisco should be allowed to opt out of the Secure Communities program, which identifies illegal immigrants booked in county jail, Newsom doesn’t agree. Read More
Nine states, including Virginia, have filed legal briefs in support of Arizona’s new immigration law, arguing that they have preexisting constitutional authority to enforce federal immigration laws within their borders. The filings add political gunpowder to a tense legal showdown between Arizona State officials and the U.S. Read More
Americans worried about crimes committed by illegal immigrants in their communities are often stereotyped as xenophobic racists. Turns out they were right to be concerned.