The Latest: San Francisco retains sanctuary protections

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Posted: May 24, 2016 9:10 PM
The Latest: San Francisco retains sanctuary protections

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

6:05 p.m.

San Francisco leaders have retained strict protections for people who are in the country illegally, with clarifications.

The Board of Supervisors reached its decision Tuesday after considering a measure calling 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 past seven years.

The city's sheriff, who wanted more discretion to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, agreed to the proposal.

Tuesday's vote came nearly a year after a Mexican national was accused of killing a woman along a popular pier, sparking a national debate on how to handle criminal suspects in the U.S. illegally.

The sheriff at the time cited the city's so-called sanctuary law in ignoring a federal request before the killing to hold the man pending deportation.

The deadly shooting put San Francisco's leaders on the defensive as critics and outside politicians called for a change in the sanctuary law.

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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.