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New San Francisco Sheriff Reverses Ban on Communicating with Immigration Agents

January 14, 2016  | 

In one of her first acts in office, San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy plans to reverse her predecessor’s policy barring deputies at the city jail from communicating with federal immigration agents — a policy that came under fire last year after a man wanted for deportation was released from jail and then was accused of killing a woman on Pier 14.

Hennessy, who was sworn in Friday, is working with her staff and legal counsel to develop a new policy that would roll back the controversial March 13 memo issued by former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi banning all communication with immigration agents seeking to deport jailed suspects absent a warrant or court order, said Chief of Staff Eileen Hirst.

The move by Hennessy, who was highly critical of the memo throughout her campaign, further distances her from the turbulent tenure of her predecessor, but is likely to stir opposition from immigrant advocates, many of whom supported Mirkarimi’s directive, SFGate.com reports.


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Leonard @ 1/15/2016 8:14 AM

It makes perfect sense to me. If a local officer arrests a suspect and finds that they are here illegally, then hey should notify ICE.

kevCopAz @ 1/16/2016 7:34 AM

Great job Sheriff! We need folks with sense in Ca. This is the LAW ABIDING thing to do and those that oppose it are either law breakers themselves, support law breakers or are just foolish libs with little common sense. If the person arrested had a warrant from another jurisdiction, would the old sheriff had just ignored that and released them? if the person in custody is here illegally then they have broken the law and should be given to ICE. Sad part is ICE will just let them go anyway under this administration! Whenever an illegal is knowingly released from custody bu these "sanctuary" cities and commits any crime the jurisdiction that released them should be held account table to that NEW victim who would not have been victimized if they had done their lawful job and handed over the criminal alien to the feds.

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