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The Latest: Advocates urge immigrant sanctuary protections

More than 50 people calling for San Francisco to maintain its strict sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally held a brief prayer circle Tuesday before the supervisors' meeting

The Latest: Advocates urge immigrant sanctuary protections

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on immigrant sanctuary protections in San Francisco (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

More than 50 people calling for San Francisco to maintain its strict sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally held a brief prayer circle Tuesday before the city Board of Supervisors' meeting.

They support a proposed ordinance that requires law officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years.

That would be the only time city workers, including police officers, could disclose immigration status.

But San Francisco's sheriff has resisted the limitation, saying she wants greater discretion over what is a relatively small pool of detainees. Sheriff Vicki Hennessey, as a constitutionally elected official, does not have to follow the board's orders.

San Francisco supervisors are scheduled to vote on the measure at Tuesday's meeting, which is now underway.

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2:00 p.m.

San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally, a policy that landed the city in national hot water last year when a Mexican man shot and killed a woman walking along a waterfront pier.

The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities.

The measure calls for law officers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement only if a defendant is charged with a violent crime and has been convicted of a violent crime within the last seven years.

San Francisco's sheriff has resisted the limitation, saying that she wants greater discretion.

The board postponed a vote on the measure two weeks ago.


Updated : 2021-05-18 11:09 GMT+08:00