immigration

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy  (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s new sheriff at odds with supervisors over immigration policy

San Francisco’s newly elected Sheriff Vicki Hennessy doubled down Thursday on her…

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy  (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S.-Mexico border on March 18 in Douglas, Ariz. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

Border walls cause more human suffering

Haven’t we seen from European history what walls do and how they…

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S.-Mexico border on March 18 in Douglas, Ariz. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)
From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)

‘Golden Gate’ reveals untold stories of Chinese immigrants

Thousands of Chinese helped build the American West, but their personal stories…

From left, Ford Lee and Earlena Somera-Ramsey appear in “Golden Gate,” a performance based on interviews with Chinese people who immigrated to America. (Courtesy Lisa Strong)
Ali Fazal, left, and Samrat Chakrabarti star in “For Here or To Go?” (Courtesy “For Here or To Go?”)

Skilled visa holders insecure about life in the US

"You can build your life where you choose to. The question is,…

Ali Fazal, left, and Samrat Chakrabarti star in “For Here or To Go?” (Courtesy “For Here or To Go?”)
The U.S. Naturalization Test — and all of the accompanying costs, can be daunting for immigrants (Eric Gay/2007 AP)

Fear prevents green card holders from becoming citizens

The notion of a country inviting immigrants to become citizens is a…

The U.S. Naturalization Test — and all of the accompanying costs, can be daunting for immigrants (Eric Gay/2007 AP)
Many undocumented immigrants are fearful to reach out to law enforcement to report crimes because they fear the threat of being deported. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Escape from battery

How often have we heard about our immigration system being broken? President…

Many undocumented immigrants are fearful to reach out to law enforcement to report crimes because they fear the threat of being deported. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SFPD told ICE about suspect, reports show

San Francisco police cooperated directly with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials…

Local man arrested by immigration officials after SFPD detention, possibly in violation of city law

Lawyers for a Salvadoran man living in San Francisco say he was…

Avalos moves to block new sheriff’s promise to communicate with feds

Supervisor John Avalos introduced Tuesday a change to city law that would…

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how it treats immigrants, as the GOP used its formal response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of the GOP's leading presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

WASHINGTON — Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices"…

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how it treats immigrants, as the GOP used its formal response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of the GOP's leading presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Kitzia Esteva, 28, and Maria Hernandez, 39, both of San Francisco, protest outside City Hall on Oct. 20, 2015 (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Board of Supervisors stands behind sanctuary city policy

Amid a national debate over immigration, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors stood…

Kitzia Esteva, 28, and Maria Hernandez, 39, both of San Francisco, protest outside City Hall on Oct. 20, 2015 (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
At a panel Tuesday morning at San Francisco State Univeristy of nearly a dozen undocumented students, John King, senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, discussed the agency’s first-ever resource guide for educators to better support undocumented youths in high school and college. (Laura Dudnick/S.F. Examiner)

First-of-its-kind federal resource guide helps educators support undocumented youths

San Francisco State University junior Pamela Ortiz was dismayed when a political…

At a panel Tuesday morning at San Francisco State Univeristy of nearly a dozen undocumented students, John King, senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, discussed the agency’s first-ever resource guide for educators to better support undocumented youths in high school and college. (Laura Dudnick/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Mark Farrell states his position at City Hall on October 1, 2015. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Immigration policy debate heats up at Board of Supervisors

San Francisco’s debate over immigration policies arrived at the Board of Supervisors…

Supervisor Mark Farrell states his position at City Hall on October 1, 2015. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
An SUV that flipped several times remains on the scene following a fatal crash and police chase Thursday in Edna, Texas.  (Edna Police Department via AP)

6 killed in Texas while being transported by smuggling ring

EDNA, Texas — Federal immigration officials say six people who were killed…

An SUV that flipped several times remains on the scene following a fatal crash and police chase Thursday in Edna, Texas.  (Edna Police Department via AP)
Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by a man previously deported several times, listens to opening statements before testifying before a Senate Judiciary hearing to examine the Administration's immigration enforcement policies, in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

House passes bill to crack down on ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON — House Republicans approved legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities"…

Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by a man previously deported several times, listens to opening statements before testifying before a Senate Judiciary hearing to examine the Administration's immigration enforcement policies, in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Consider victims if policy changes

The tragic shooting of Kathryn Steinle has shaken San Francisco. In this…

Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco Pier by a man previously deported several times, testiifies a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Steinle told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should push forward with efforts to close legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Father of woman killed at SF pier urges immigration changes

The family of a California woman shot and killed while walking along…

Jim Steinle, father of Kathryn Steinle, killed on a San Francisco Pier by a man previously deported several times, testiifies a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Steinle told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should push forward with efforts to close legal loopholes that currently allow local authorities to decide if they will cooperate with federal immigration authorities.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez stands in court with his attorney and pleads not guilty to homicide during his arraignment at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.  (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez stands in court with his attorney and pleads not guilty to homicide during his arraignment at the Hall of Justice on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.  (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi speaks at a news conference about the circumstances that led up to the April 15, 2015 release of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man charged in the shooting death of a woman on Pier 14. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SF sheriff defends release of immigrant suspect

San Francisco's sheriff on Friday staunchly defended the release of a Mexican…

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi speaks at a news conference about the circumstances that led up to the April 15, 2015 release of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man charged in the shooting death of a woman on Pier 14. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Father Cameron Faller, of Restorative Justice Ministry, answers questions before a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was shot and killed on Wednesday, July 1st on Pier 14. Francisco Sanchez was arrested for the shooting. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Pier 14 homicide reaction: Study unsupportive of ‘immigrants as criminals’ narrative

As the media and politicians spin the killing of Kathryn Steinle into…

Father Cameron Faller, of Restorative Justice Ministry, answers questions before a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was shot and killed on Wednesday, July 1st on Pier 14. Francisco Sanchez was arrested for the shooting. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)