S.F. law proposed to ban immigrant detentions
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Currently, the Sheriff Department's policy states that only people suspected of serious or violent felonies, or those with a serious or violent felony in their past, will be held for immigration authorities.
"The legislation is about due process against the arbitrary loss of liberty," Avalos said, arguing that the current situation has created a "dragnet" that is wrongfully sweeping up innocent people.
Supervisor Katy Tang is considering amendments to the law, and Police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday that he wants to see convicted violent felons, sex offenders and those with prior weapons possession convictions exempted from the law.
"The sheriff's office has discretion to report such people already, and I think that's important that he retain that discretion, because we certainly don't want to become a safe haven for everybody else's convicted violent felons, sex offenders or firearm possessors," he said.
Mindy Talmadge, the Fire Department's public information officer, said dep...
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