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.

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Alexander Mullaney is a journalist and publisher in San Francisco. In 2008, he founded The Ingleside Light, a monthly neighborhood newspaper with a circulation of 10,000. In The Ingleside Light he reports on community affairs and publishes the work of both local and student journalists and photographers. He sits on the board of directors of the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse, the Ocean Avenue Association, and the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association. In the summer of 2013, Mullaney organized and managed two community journalism courses for youth with City College of San Francisco and the non-profit Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse. The pilot program paid students stipends, offered both high school and college credit, and published their articles and photographs in The Ingleside Light. He intends to find funding to offer the program in 2014. Mullaney holds a bachelors degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. He is studying multimedia and longform writing at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He plans to use his time at graduate school to expand his reportage to produce stories for the public good.

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