The Board of Supervisors made a statement today against Mayor Gavin Newsom's 2008 decision to report undocumented juveniles accused of felonies to immigration authorities. Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd cast the only votes against David Campos' resolution that would push back the reporting of undocumented juveniles to immigration until after they are convicted of a felony, not when they are merely charged with one. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who has also weighed in also against Campos' measure, was at a funeral and did not attend.
The board will vote again on the measure at next week's meeting. If it passes once more (and absent flying pigs, we can't imagine it won't), the mayor has 10 days to veto the legislation (which, with a gubernatorial run in the works, we can't imagine he won't). The board will then have 30 days to override the veto — and, yes, the required eight supes have all signed on. Sorry Gavin — it's gonna happen, whether you like it or not.
After the vote, immigrant activists and a small smattering of families barreled into the hallway and started a chant of “Si se pudo!” or “Yes, we did!” Campos left the chambers to address the many news cameras, asking “If we can't stand up for rights in San Francisco, where can we?”