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Immigration service to check fingerprints of anyone arrested starting June 1

S.F. seeks to opt out over concern illegals could be deported

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Wednesday cast doubt on San Francisco's ability to be completely excluded from a new federal program under which the fingerprints of all those arrested for any crime would be shared with ICE.

ICE claims the program will be prioritized to identify and deport violent criminals who might otherwise slip through the cracks.

However, some local officials and immigration advocates are worried undocumented immigrants simply arrested for any crime, however minor, could be subject to deportation.

A statement from ICE late Tuesday came in response to Sheriff Michael Hennessey's announcement earlier in the day that he wants San Francisco to be able to opt out of the Secure Communities program, set to go into effect in the city on June 1.

The program, which is being implemented nationwide, would allow the fingerprints of those booked at the county jail for any crime -- felony or misdemeanor -- to be accessed by ICE through a link with the state Department of Justice's criminal database. If a match is made with an individual already in ICE's database, and the current or a prior crime makes them deportable, the arrestee could be turned over to ICE.

ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice explained Wednesday that local law enforcement can choose not to receive information back on whether a fingerprint match has been made with the ICE database, but that ICE would continue to receive the fingerprints of all those booked.

Kice said that return of information could aid in ongoing local criminal investigations.

Hennessey asked state Attorney General Jerry Brown in a letter Tuesday to help San Francisco opt out, saying that the program conflicts with San Francisco's sanctuary law shielding those booked for minor crimes.

Brown's office responded to reporters in a statement Tuesday that it was told by ICE "that they (ICE) will work with counties to opt out of their program" and it was advising such jurisdictions to contact ICE directly.

" and it was advising such jurisdictions to contact ICE directly.

Jesse Dungan, Bay City News

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

I say it's a great idea! But why implement the program if counties can "opt out".


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Posted by maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

Why haven't we been doing this all along? If you are arrested for a crime, shouldn't your fingerprints/your ID be verified and confirmed? No wonder this country is in such a mess!!


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Posted by Unbelievable!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

"Hennessey asked state Attorney General Jerry Brown in a letter Tuesday to help San Francisco opt out, saying that the program conflicts with San Francisco's sanctuary law shielding those booked for minor crimes.
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Why does SF want to opt out? And why is Brown helping with the opt out? DO NOT vote for Brown!

I am confused here: why do we want to keep illegals who have been booked for a crime? That makes no sense! SF is going too far, they are having budget deficits and they still want to keep the illegals even if they have been fingerprinted for minor crimes? WOW! Unbelievable!


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Posted by maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

Boycott San Francisco and any other cities that are sanctuary cities....


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

Everyone here is missing the point, these people that have committed crimes, and could be deported, are also potential voters for Brown and others in his camp. Why would he want them sent out of the country were they cannot vote. It's always about either getting votes or getting money.


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on May 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Anyone heard from cholo? Maybe they finally picked him up.


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Posted by No opting out
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

It's hard to believe that arrested fingerprints aren't shared with all law enforcement in the US. That is how to solve OTHER crimes! Historically, bigger criminals are CAUGHT for lesser crimes.. It's not only about illegals, it's about effective law enforcement. Al Capone, who had gunned down hundreds, was arrested for income tax evasion. Many of today's unsolved crimes, would suddenly be solved.
How can San Fran opt out of the country.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

Steve P. I love your comment...I have been saying this for a log time, good bye Cholo.

And by the way, San Francisco Official's are all sick. Opted out because illegals will be deported...so what's wrong with that...If you are a US citizen and commit a crime, go to jail and if you're an illegal and commit another a crime...deport them. Sounds like a common sense move or is that a no vote getter...and why are you worried about votes by illegals who shouldn't be allowed to vote in the first place...or is that too much common sense for one day. Hey Cholo, if you can hear me, what do you have to say about this??? Notice I didn't say, Hey Cholo what do you have to THINK about this???


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

I've been very very busy trying to figure out how to create fake finger prints; Web Link

As soon as I put my flyer together for wide distribution Arizona, I will tell others how it's done!

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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Posted by susan
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

Drop by Home Depot and look at the driveways to the store, it is crowded with ILLEGALS AND ICE AND OUR POLICE OUR DOING NOTHING. ITS EITHER LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, AND AT THE MOMENT IT IS ILLEGAL. WE SHOULD GIVE NO AIDE TO SANTUARY CITIES. WE NEED TO CLOSE THE BORDER AND SEAL IT, NOT A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGARTION BILL. NO AMNESTY OR ANTHING ELSE UNTIL THE BORDER IS SEALED.


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Posted by Shig
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

Susan,

I bet if it were white people coming across the border from Canada Obama would have a soldier every 5 feet. He is a racist pure and simple.


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Posted by Shig
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

Obama selectively enforces law which he likes and disregards the ones he does not like. Anybody hear one constructive thing he is doing for unemployment or for the economy? I would like to hear what his plan is.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

If someone is here illegally, deport them. Make sure they don't come back again. Close up those borders to terrorists or anyone else that does not go through the legal procedures to come here. I bet terrorists come through Mexico to get to the US as it is not that hard!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

One reason that it's impossible to seal our borders is because the government can count on the voters who elected them to hide out and limit their whining and commit to NADA!

Voters like susie q, sh_t, Lela don't read much, rely on this blog for all of their worldly information and follow the crowd like sheep! tee hee hee, tee hee hee...fess up cowards, you are AFRAY of your elected reps. Keep it simple, nothing is going to happen to you for having been duped by your elected reps. They count on your inaction and your stupidity to whine in secret on blogs!

Amnesty is on the way...keep voting, it doesn't work FOR YOU! PING!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

eat your heart out jilly...Web Link

never in your wildest dreams will you match up to Miss USA! tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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Posted by Principal from "Billy Madison"
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

"[Cholo] what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

-- Principal from the film "Billy Madison"


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Posted by fed up
a resident of Downtown
on May 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Just remember the names,,, Napollotino..... out!!!
Jerry Brown.......OUT!!!
Anyone not enforcing our laws....... OUT!!!
Just remember this come November.... OUT OUT OUT!!!!
Doesn't matter what party you are, Do the will of the people,,, tax paying legal citizens or OUT!!!!!!!


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