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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)
Father Cameron Faller of Restorative Justice Ministry drops holy water during a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

Media loses sight of the facts in SF homicide suspect coverage

The story of an undocumented Mexican immigrant who allegedly shot and killed…

Father Cameron Faller of Restorative Justice Ministry drops holy water during a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
From left, Selena Weng, David Lee and Fawwaz Fikkeri hold petitions to put the Open Government Act initiative on the November ballot. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Helping give voice to silent majority

It’s human nature to ignore things outside the scope of our daily…

From left, Selena Weng, David Lee and Fawwaz Fikkeri hold petitions to put the Open Government Act initiative on the November ballot. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Brendan P. Bartholomew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerA crowd gathers before the start of a citizenship workshop held

Daly City workshop attracts crowd of U.S. citizenship hopefuls

Immigrants hoping to become naturalized are getting a boost from a series…

Brendan P. Bartholomew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerA crowd gathers before the start of a citizenship workshop held
Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerHuifang Xing

The path to citizenship: Quiz preps immigrants about U.S. politics

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series in which…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerHuifang Xing
Jessica Kwong/THe S.F. ExaminerHuifang Xing

SF naturalization hopeful finds inspiration in watching friend become a citizen

THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP This story is part of an ongoing series…

Jessica Kwong/THe S.F. ExaminerHuifang Xing
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Immigrants feel stuck after judge blocks Obama orders

Brenda Armendariz, her husband and their two Mexico-born children were hoping to…

AP Photo/Astrid GalvanIn this Wednesday
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHuifang Xing takes part in a class put on by Self-Help for the Ederly

Practice makes perfect for citizenship hopefuls in SF class

THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP This story is part of an ongoing series…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerHuifang Xing takes part in a class put on by Self-Help for the Ederly
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End game: No immigration deal, just divisions

A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending…

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Jessica Kwong/The S.F. ExaminerVolunteer Susan Wong

SF woman takes first step in path to U.S. citizenship

THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP This story is part of an ongoing series…

Jessica Kwong/The S.F. ExaminerVolunteer Susan Wong
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Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration…

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AP Photo/Cliff OwenHouse Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

Boehner warns Obama on immigration

In a blunt post-election warning, House Speaker John Boehner cautioned President Barack…

AP Photo/Cliff OwenHouse Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington
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Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of…

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How John Lennon affects today's immigration fight

Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama's legal authority to defer deportations…

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SF Public Defender's Office hires immigration attorney

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has hired a full-time immigration attorney…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteRep. James P. McGovern

House OKs bill for crisis on US-Mexico border

The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteRep. James P. McGovern
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Gov. Jerry Brown to meet Mexican official

Gov. Jerry Brown is due to meet Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs…

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House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for…

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