Sheriff Michael Hennessey to Give Illegal Immigrants a Break

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Talk to the hand, ICE.
Today we woke up to the news that Sheriff Michael Hennessey has found a loophole in the federal fingerprinting program that identifies illegal immigrants in the county jail.

And as of June 1, Hennessey will no longer hold illegal immigrants booked into county jail on minor misdemeanors until immigration officials come pick them up. Hennessey tells SF Weekly that the new policy --  which the department created without consulting Mayor Ed Lee -- will reconcile the city's sanctuary city policy with the federal fingerprinting program known as Secure Communities (or S-Comm).

Hennessey and the Board of Supervisors were pushed into implementing S-Comm last summer because of the state's agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the program, people jailed -- even on minor misdemeanors, including trespassing or driving on a suspended license -- still have their fingerprints checked against a federal database to catch illegal immigrants. But this defies the city's sanctuary city policy, which allows officials to report illegal immigrants who have been accused of felonies. If ICE wants to start deportation proceedings, it will place an ICE detainer -- meaning a hold -- on the immigrant in hopes that the jail will keep them in custody.  

But Hennessey says he discovered that keeping immigrants with ICE holds behind bars is a courtesy, not mandatory. He learned this after meeting last fall with the director of Secure Communities, David Venturella.

"At that meeting, he explained to me that ICE detainers are merely a request, they don't have the legal requirement of being honored," he told SF Weekly this morning "So after that, I started thinking about our city of refuge ordinance that made us cooperate with ICE on felonies, but not misdemeanors."

Hennessey decided the new policy honors both. 

Suspects charged with minor misdemeanors will be included in the new policy -- crimes that the sheriff's department would otherwise "cite out," meaning the person is released from jail after they sign an agreement to appear in court at a future date. This includes driving with a suspended license, trespassing, possession of small amounts of marijuana, or petty thefts with no priors.

The sheriff's department doesn't "cite out" more serious misdemeanors, such as gun violence or sex offenses. Under the new policy, those suspects will still be held at county jails until ICE officials pick them up, Hennessey says.

Hennessey reminded us that he is an "independently elected official," and doesn't need to consult with other city officials about the new policy. In recent years, Hennessey has made an indelible mark on his department by consistently defending immigrants -- and he's certainly felt the blowback from anti-immigrant forces all over the country.

Given his activist role in progressive politics we wondered what the sheriff will be doing once he retires in January. Much to our surprise he told us: "take loooong, romantic walks on the beach with my wife."

Which beach you wonder? "Lots of beaches," Hennessey says.

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C. Zadik Shapiro
C. Zadik Shapiro

It seems to me that if the ICE detainers are voluntary Sheriff Hennessey has a duty to fully comply with Secure Communities and not cooperate with ICE in the deportation of anyone charged with a misdemeanor. See my blog entry on http://takingthefifth-acrimina... for May 9.

Robert46142
Robert46142

duh, here's a dumb question, where in the heck is hennessey?

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!

they knew they were breaking the law when they crossed the border.

shut down any business hiring illegal labor. Oh and owners go to jail.

Got a better idea? Lets hear it!

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

.youtube.com/watch?v=tsH8xvjTAlo

.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded

http://immigrationcounters.com...

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.immigrationshumancost.org/

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.youtube.com/watch?v=muw22wTePqQ

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010...

http://www.rense.com/general81...

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=410...

http://www.cairco.org/econ/eco...

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Every Non-representative including obama and holder should be IMPEACHED! for not upholding 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, and cut the phony tears, 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!

Elle
Elle

It's against FEDERAL law to even be considered a Sanctuary City. Now all we have to do is get Feds to crack down and abide by it's own laws. And arrest every city official that allows it to be sanctuary.

Garby
Garby

It is illogical, treasonous and completely insane for our so-called "lawmakers" and "law enforcement" to be able to set 'policies' that violate actual laws!! Yet, all these traitors are allowed to blatantly and proudly advertise their disrespect for American law and American citizens. Sanctuary policy for foreign invaders who go on and break MORE of our laws, the most dangerous of which are the vicious hispanic gangs and illiterate, irresponsible, untrained, unlicensed, uninsured drivers... But Hennessey (and of course Campos, with his own history of screwing America) don't think that illegal aliens should be removed from our streets until AFTER they've injured someone. Hey, real good proactive policing there!

Add to that the 'policy' of birthright citizenship for the prodigious progeny produced by their profligate procreation... The laws of 1866 (penned right after the Civil War was fought over, you know, slavery,) state that only children of Americans and those who ARE subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and are NOT subject to a foreign power, are citizens... in other words, freed slaves and THEIR children. Even the author of the Citizenship Clause, Sen. Jacob Howard, stated in Congress that it did not apply to "foreigners, aliens or ambassadors"! Obviously people who owe their citizenship and allegiance to foreign nations and who spit on the laws, language, culture and communities of the U.S. do not qualify.

Finally, let's not forget the wall-to-wall hypocrisy. The morons running this place claim that virtually any enforcement of immigration laws is cruel or 'unfair'. They say that it's not their job to enforce Federal laws regarding illegal ALIENS. However, they seem to have absolutely no problem with piling ever more draconian laws on actual American citizens, (don't light that cigarette or fireplace!) or throwing Americans in jail and breaking up American families while they enforce Federal laws on illegal DRUGS...

Guest
Guest

At least it's something. . .they are still going to hold the worst ones for ICE to deport (hopefully like the POS who slaughtered the Bolognas). This is probably the best we can hope for from the treasonous folks who call themselves our "authorities."

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

OBAMAINSISTS ON GIVING ILLEGAL ALIENS CITIZENSHIP?

Since the 1986 Immigration Controland Reform Act those in power has lied to the US people? Just sufficient laws have been passed, to give the impressionthat President Obama, George Bush or back to Ronald Reagan, promisedto secure fully the border. That they would enforce immigration laws, butcandidly nothing serious as ever been accomplished? We need to revisitPresident Linden B. Johnson, Immigration Restriction Act of 1921 policy“Quotas System”, so only certain amounts of foreign nationals are given entryvisas. Its requirements were Numerical limits on immigration from Europe andthe use of a Quota system for establishing those limitations. Similarlegislation had been advanced several times previously without success.Recommencement of immigration and the widespread unemployment thatfollowed the end of World War One demanded change, lending strength to theanti-immigration movement. In 1965, the American people were guaranteed thatimmigration would never exceed its then low level of 250,000 annually.Currently, it is at an all-time high of over a million a year and still rising.

Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, aveiled Liberal progressive killed this law, attributing to the 20 million ormore who have settled in this country today. You cannot trust anyadministration, the Liberal press, the liberal Extremists in Academia or any ofthe open border quasi organization, such as The Council of Foreign Relations. These organizations are for open borders, although we have upwards to 10million US citizens and resident without a job. Leftists and equivalents allhave their own agenda's and Obama and his Leftist administration wantscitizenship for the invaders, who stole into our country. There has been somuch fraud within work visa programs, the agricultural Guest Worker andfabricated paperwork for skilled immigrants who have come here. The 1986immigration bill has been a failure, but not because it’s—BROKEN--but becausethe laws were never enforced.

The laws enacted, were intentionallymade to be broken, underfunded still leaving access to cheap labor forRepublicans and more votes for liberals and Democrats; legal or illegal. TedKennedy played on the sympathy of American Society, when he ardently promisedin 1986, that there would never be another--AMNESTY. E-Verify was nearlykilled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Secure Communities is not mandatory and thetrue 2006 Secure Fence Act, less than a 6 months later Texas Republican Sens.Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn pushed for "flexibility to chooseother options instead of fencing, if needed." Politicians obdurately vowedto keep America safe. The law specifically called for "at least 2 layersof reinforced fencing, topped with concertina barbed razor wire with theinstallation of additional physical barriers, patrol roads, lighting, camerasand sensors" at five exact areas of border totaling approximately 700miles.

The revolution that is the TEA PARTYpromises no citizenship for illegal aliens, or any of the clandestine Amnestiesof which there has been six since 2004. The Tea Partyleadership will vote out Pro-Amnesty law, which includes Sanctuary Cityordinances and push in opposition to such bills as the dream Act, Chain Migrationand any Immigration reform bills. US Senator Rand Paul, a TEA PARTY activist ina letter to me opposes any citizenship for illegal aliens. He also said, “Hedidn’t think American taxpayers should be forced to pay for welfare, medicalcare or other expenses. If you are legally arrived in America you have anopportunity to join the TEA PARTY, as they are awaiting you to stop more ofyour taxes being taken to pay for illegal aliens. So much more interestingfacts to be found at NumbersUSA, that connects you with the truth about theillegal alien invasion.

Incidentally, if the Guest Workerprogram enacted under UTAH law is allowed, because as at this moment CzaristEric Holder has not filed court papers against Arizona; as the man did with theFederal courts. UTAH will find themselves a target for even more economicimmigrants, as they hastily leave Arizona and other unwelcoming States.The schools will be beleaguered, and education performance will slip, withemergency rooms will become congested with thousands of foreign nationalswithout insurance. Utah taxpayers will have to stomach the burden of paying forall these new illegal newcomers.

Sers60mech
Sers60mech

who gives you the right to pick and choose you have to be in bed with obama

kellyleach
kellyleach

And some wonder why the rest of the country wants to cut California off and have it float off into the Pacific. This state is really dumb, why do so many elect idiots like this.

TrayC
TrayC

And to think that the laws no longer matter to law officals...wow.

Drewcab415
Drewcab415

Here's a thought, make it a legal requirement instead of a courtesy. The shut the Eff up and have a coke & a smile

Warcraft27513
Warcraft27513

And just think....YOU elected this loser to office

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