Mayor Ed Lee: City Will Shield Some Illegal Immigrant Youth from Deportation

Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he will begin implementing part of the law the Board of Supervisors passed in 2009, shielding illegal immigrant youth booked into juvenile hall from federal immigration authorities – if they have family in the Bay Area.

The board passed this policy two years ago after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom said he would start turning over illegal youth upon being arrested and booked into juvenile hall. Newsom refused to implement the revised policy, which was authored by Supervisor David Campos, despite the fact it had been passed overwhelmingly by the Board of Supervisors in 2009.

The conflict created an ongoing rift in the community and among policymakers who were trying to balance politics with the potential for litigation.

But being the peacemaker he is, Mayor Lee finally decided to implement Campos' law — just not in its entirety.

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