Secure Communities, a federal program, is being opposed by San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. The organization sent a letter to city officials against executing the program which will prohibit law enforcement from detaining crime suspects who are undocumented for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Examiner reported today.
At issue is whether the Sheriff’s Department should continue to honor immigration holds, or detainers, that are ordered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under the federal program, the fingerprints of those arrested by local law enforcement agencies are reviewed by ICE officials who can request that a person be held for up to 48 hours so suspects can be picked up for deportation.
District 11 Supervisor John Avalos has legislation going before the board of supervisors Tuesday that would prevent law enforcement from detaining undocumented people at the request of any agency.