Campos challenges Newsom to debate

Supervisor David Campos sent a letter to Mayor Gavin Newsom on Monday saying the mayor’s veto letter on the adopted sanctuary policy law “raises more questions than it answers, which is why I would like to extend a formal invitation for you and I to debate the matter publicly.”

Campos wrote: “I hope you accept this invitation.”

No word yet if Newsom will accept.

The letter was written in response to Newsom’s vetoing of Campos’ legislation that was adopted into law last Tuesday in an 8-3 vote, making the law veto-proof. The legislation changes The City’s sanctuary policy to prohibit city officials from reporting undocumented immigrant youth arrested on felonies to federal authorities for possible deportation. They could only be reported upon a conviction.

Newsom says the law is unenforceable, while Campos argues it is enforceable.

In the letter, Campos reiterates his argument that city officials “have no affirmative legal duty under federal law to expend limited local resources and funding on immigration enforcement.”

Campos said in the letter to Newsom that “you may not agree with the board; however, the current tenor of the argument is not helpful to the effective governance of the city, and we feel a public discussion is appropriate in light of recent comments that you will not enforce this amendment. The board and the people of San Francisco deserve to understand more fully why you intend to ignore this policy and the time honored democratic processes followed in enacting it.”

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