New immigration rules will send fingerprint information on arrests to feds

Atty. Gen. Brown rejects S.F. request to 'opt out' as sanctuary city

Despite protests from immigrant rights groups, it appears a new

sheriff's booking program that will allow more information to flow between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities will move forward in San Francisco, though a week later than previously thought.

The controversial Secure Communities program has drawn the concern of San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey, who warned that it will conflict with the city's sanctuary policy shielding those booked for minor crimes. He warned that thousands more will now be reported to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

Hennessey has said he was told the program, which is being

implemented nationwide, would begin in San Francisco Tuesday, but an ICE spokeswoman said Tuesday morning it will actually begin June 8.

ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said the June 1 activation date "was discussed at one point as a possibility, but ICE always underscores that the Secure Communities deployment schedule is projected and subject to change."

In California, the program is already active in 17 counties,

including Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Under the new system, the fingerprints of those arrested for any

crime -- felony or misdemeanor -- will be shared with ICE via the state criminal database to determine whether to place an immigration hold and initiate deportation proceedings. Previously, the sheriff would only report the names of arrestees whose residency could not be verified.

ICE claims Secure Communities will allow greater screening to

catch violent criminals, including those with prior convictions,who lie about their name or residency at booking, and prevent them from later being released back into the community.

A resolution urging the city to opt out of the Secure Communities program, sponsored by eight supervisors, is still being considered by the Board of Supervisors.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, whom Hennessey had petitioned to allow San Francisco to opt out, refused the request on May 25.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

If San Francisco can "opt out" of federal laws around immigration, can Pleasanton look into opting out of other federal laws, like having its residents being required to pay federal income taxes?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

oh..uh huh...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

The way I see it is you don't have to pay taxes. There are consequences...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...Pleasanton is not the party that decides that you must pay federal income taxes.

What exactly is your gripe....hmmmmmmmmmmmm?

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Posted by Don't fire til you see the whites of their eyes
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

His gripe is preety obvious. Illegal immigrant activists throw a big middle finger at the law and public opinion. And the government let's them. So why won't the figure turn a blind eye when we, hardworking citizens, disobey the law?

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Posted by Don't fire
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

Sorry for the typos

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Posted by Ngo Loon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

If you don't like the way that Gavin Newsom is giving the stiff index finger to federal immigration laws, don't vote for him for Lt. Governor. Can't you just imagine the mischief that zero would be up to the moment the Governor traveled out of state? And, of course, his next asperation is to be Governor, and that is a thought that is difficult to process. The guy is a complete loon.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

Oh...I see watchu mean...I strongly encourage you not to pay taxes!

You might want to read about Al Capone and what happened to him when he didn't pay taxes!

There are lots of Americans that don't pay their fair share. What do you think should be done?


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