Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, one San Francisco county issued a warning to city workers regarding duties and obligations under sanctuary city policies to protect illegal aliens.
The official government letter was released by the City and County of San Francisco on Jan. 19, which is said to be directly related to Trump’s firm stance on illegal immigration.
Judicial Watch obtained a copy of the memo issued by Bay Area officials, which served as a reminder to all city and county workers to ensure they adhere to rules and regulations as stated under sanctuary city laws.
The memo from the city and county of San Francisco begins:
“All people seeking or receiving City services must be treated with equal dignity, respect for human rights, and due process under the law, regardless of immigration status. This includes informing them of their rights and access to services, as well as giving out general and/or translated information on services and programs that is timely, accurate and complete.”
The official memo also states that “department employees acting in their official capacities may not use city funds or resources to assist or cooperate with any investigation, detention, or arrest procedures conducted by federal immigration authorities and relating to alleged violations of the civil provisions of federal immigration law.”
The memo bans department employees from “denying illegal aliens city or county benefits on the condition of immigration status and banning them from requesting or giving out information regarding the release status of an immigrant.” It also prohibits them from responding to a federal immigration officer’s (ICE) request for notification of an individual’s release, as it “could cause them to be targeted for removal.”
“It’s important to make sure all City employees are aware of these rules. Departments may include education on the City’s sanctuary city laws in regular employee trainings and orientations based on templates that will be established by the Office of Civil Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA).”
Just days prior to when the memo was distributed, illegal immigrant Pedro Figueroa Zarceno, 31, who was convicted of drunk driving in 2012, sued San Francisco city police and county sheriff for reporting him to immigration officials after he was the victim of car theft, reports Judicial Watch.
He reportedly still has an outstanding warrant for deportation from over a decade ago.
Zarceno allegedly was planning to file for asylum due to violence in his native country of El Salvador. His attorney claimed that Zarceno is the victim of a crime when he should have been protected under the city’s sanctuary policies.
His attorney said, “With an incoming federal administration threatening mass deportations and targeting sanctuary cities…we must hold SFPD and the Sheriff’s Department accountable and ensure that every single officer is following the city’s due process protections.”
H/T: Judicial Watch
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