Federal Fingerprinting Program May Still ID Illegal Immigrant Teens Shielded By City

Categories: Crime, Immigration
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Looking for the right fingerprints
This week Mayor Ed Lee announced that the city would stop alerting federal immigration officials about illegal immigrant youth they book into juvenile hall on felony charges -- if the teens have family in the Bay Area.

Even with this new policy, immigration authorities may still be able to find illegal youth who are protected by the city's new rules.

In fact, all teens' fingerprints will still be checked against the Department of Homeland Security's database to detect illegal immigrants as part of a federal program known as Secure Communities. The city was pushed into participating in the program last summer through an agreement between DHS and the state.

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wants to initiate the deportation process against a person detected through Secure Communities, it alerts juvenile probation that the teen has an  "ICE hold."  Juvenile Probation Chief William Sifferman says that juvenile hall will continue to keep those youths in custody while they wait for immigration officials to come pick them up.

Juvenile probation "will continue to respond to all lawful detainers presented by the federal authorities, including those emanating out of either the secure communities initiative or following our department's notification," Sifferman wrote in an e-mail.

By those standards, juvenile hall rules are actually stricter than those of the county jails which house adults. Last week, Sheriff Michael Hennessey stated that as of June 1, the jail will no longer keep adult illegal immigrants who have been booked on minor misdemeanors in jail until federal immigration authorities can get them.

Still, illegal immigrant teens could still remain undetected even with Secure Communities in place. It's less likely that teens will have fingerprints in the federal database, says ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. The DHS has fingerprints only for people who've had prior contact with federal officials, including making an illegal entry into the United States.

"For the most part, juvenile aliens have not had a prior encounter with DHS, so the system wouldn't come up with a match," Kice wrote SF Weekly in an e-mail.

Indeed, San Francisco Police Commissioner Angela Chan, who advocates for shielding youth from immigration, pointed to a police commission audit which found that Secure Communities identifies only one to five matches among the teens in juvenile hall each month.

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Esetravieso13
Esetravieso13

but what if your an ilegal immigrant and you get sentenced to Juvinal Hall? will you get deported? i live in California.

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 Of course this guy would say yes to anything that has anything to do with ILLEGALS in SF--he needs the votes! Talk about the WRONG MESSAGE being sent out to Illegal Criminals being welcomed in SF--total BS--we need a new mayor--new supervisors etc! NOW!

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 These people that want ILLEGAL CRIMINALS to be FREE in SF-- no natter what their ages? Should ALL be put in an NSANE ASYLUMS! These people that want ILLEGAL CRIMINALS to be FREE in SF-- no natter what their ages? Should ALL be put in an NSANE ASYLUMS! 

King Congo
King Congo

and we going to put you -next month, probably, Am I right? - in the closest senior center.bye, bye...the next generation it's brown, cabrown!

Proud American
Proud American

It's comments like yours, veiled in hate and prjudgice, that fuel this. The only issue here is regarding following the law or not. If you choose not to follow the law you are a criminal and deserve to be placed in jail or deported. Don't make this about anything but that simple fact!

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 These people that want ILLEGAL CRIMINALS to be FREE in SF no natter what their ages should be put in INSANE ASYLUMS!FlagThese people that want ILLEGAL CRIMINALS to be FREE in SF no natter what their ages should be put in INSANE ASYLUMS!Flag

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 These people that want ILLEGAL CRIMINALS to be FREE in SF no natter what their ages should be p;t in INSANE ASYLUMS!

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 Gavin PLEASE change this ASAP!!!!

bigriggs
bigriggs

Any illegal immigrant, regardeless of age or charges should be deported if arrested. 

stevo1
stevo1

When did we lose our common sense? Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WE ARE BEING INVADED! WAKE UP PEOPLE! the oath of office they swore to defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point! Anchors and their criminal parents go, period,, you knew you were breaking the law when you crossed the border.

Next shut down any business hiring illegal labor. Oh and owners go to jail. Got a better idea? Lets hear it!

KingCongo
KingCongo

yeah, I have a better idea.go to say hello to your Chinese neighbor -probably your future landlord-, and try to understand what diversity means.

Proud American
Proud American

Again fools such as yourself make the incorrect assumption regarding immigration with ILLEGAL immigration. No one has an issue with people coming here legally; but if you ignore our laws out you should go!!!

careful reader
careful reader

This article misses the heart of the policy - Youth found to have committed a felony WILL be reported to ICE for deportation; but those who are INNOCENT or who have been over-charged will be able to stay with their families and continue to contribute to our city.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

Relax...The San Francisco Communists are certain to change out all the 'ifs'!..Stop hyperventilating and breathe with your stomach and diaphram...That tingling sensation around the lips and finger tips is only symptomatic and will subside..Edwin Ramos will be fine folks..

Emmett Grogan
Emmett Grogan

You know what they say, vote with your feet. I hear there's plenty of room in the SHU at Pelican Bay if you're pining for the company of your Aryan Brotherhood kinfolk...

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

Like I said , Edwin Ramos is gon'na be O.K..Breathe slowly and turn on the Thom Hartmann show. Think liberal thought....

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