Expect Supes David Campos and Eric Mar as well. And expect Brown's
office to say what it said before: Sorry. Follow the law like everyone
The protest is planned for the same day the Arizona law will go into
effect, since activists say Secure Communities (insiders just call it
"S-Comm") involves local law enforcement in federal immigration matters
just as the Arizona law does.
"S-Comm will have very similar
impacts to the Arizona law, leading to racial profiling and intense
collaboration between local law enforcement and immigration," says Renee
Saucedo of La Raza Centro Legal.
Under S-Comm, which went into
effect in San Francisco last month, all fingerprints taken at county
jail are run through the state's Department of Justice database, which
then checks the prints with the Department of Homeland Security to
identify potential illegal immigrants.
In the weeks before the program was to launch for San Francisco, Sheriff Michael Hennessey asked Brown to be able to opt out, arguing that it was a violation of the city's
sanctuary ordinance. (The sanctuary city ordinance already allows law
enforcement to report those booked on felonies; S-Comm checks the
fingerprints of anyone booked for any crime.) Brown -- running for governor against a Republican all too happy to refer to his "Governor Moonbeam" days -- said no.
As was covered in an excellent investigative piece at Salon.com
earlier this month, the feds' stance on the ability for cities to opt out
of S-Comm has been inconsistent. San Francisco Police Commissioner
Angela Chan says the city should be able to opt out.
federal officials that did receive assurances from S-Comm officials
that local communities can opt out when they were seeking funding," Chan
says. She refers to the
assurances made to assure legislators they would not have to provide
money for local counties to enact the ordinance -- since the program
requires local jurisdictions to jail inmates while waiting for
immigration officials to come pick them up.
If cities can't opt out, "it would be an unfunded federal mandate," Chan
says. "At the federal and state level you can't force any county to do
anything without giving them the money to do it. That's why it's good
for S-Comm officials to say they'lll let [local jurisdictions] opt out
when looking for funding."
The press conference is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at 455 Golden Gate Avenue.
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