A white nationalist group that decried the not guilty verdicts in the Kate Steinle murder trial hung a “danger” sign over the Bay Bridge on Sunday morning as a warning to commuters that San Francisco is a sanctuary city.
Identity Evropa, a white nationalist organization with ties to the Bay Area, called the banner a “public service announcement” in a post on Twitter. The banner read, “Danger — Sanctuary City Ahead” in capital letters.
“San Francisco is a dangerous sanctuary city where the law does not apply to illegal invaders,” the group tweeted. “Enter at your own risk!”
It’s unclear whether the banner was taken down as of noon.
On Friday, Interim Mayor Mark Farrell reiterated San Francisco’s position as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants amid scrutiny from the federal government and President Donald Trump.
“We will not cower in fear to an administration that opposes San Francisco’s values and ideals,” Farrell said in a statement. “We will remain a home for hardworking immigrants in search of a better life. I am committed to defending and supporting our City’s longstanding sanctuary policies.”
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IDENTITY EVROPA
San Francisco is a dangerous sanctuary city where the law does not apply to illegal invaders.
Enter at your own risk! pic.twitter.com/Ri8JnTmw1k
— IDENTITY EVROPA (@IdentityEvropa) January 28, 2018
Farrell issued the statement after the U.S. Department of Justice sent letters on Wednesday to nearly two dozen cities including San Francisco requesting documents on sanctuary city policies in an attempt to show that the cities are running afoul of federal law.
In response, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said San Francisco’s sanctuary policies do follow federal law.
“San Francisco prioritizes using our limited law enforcement resources to actually fight crime, not break up hardworking families,” Herrera said in a statement. “We leave it to the federal government to enforce immigration law.”
By limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials, San Francisco aims to encourage cooperation between undocumented immigrants and police investigating crimes.
Last December, Identity Evropa helped set up a memorial for Steinle after a San Francisco jury acquitted an undocumented immigrant of murder and manslaughter charges. City workers removed the memorial after Steinle’s parents asked the late Mayor Ed Lee to take it down.
Identity Evropa was founded in Oakdale, Calif. by a white nationalist named Nathan Damigo, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Damigo was one of the organizers behind the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“America was founded by white people. It was founded for white people. America was not founded to be a multiracial, multicultural society,” Damigo is quoted as saying in the New York Times.