SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — While San Francisco’s sanctuary law is facing heavy criticism, many support the policy.
Supporters of the law argue that the law actually increases public safety. The policy said local law enforcement will only detain people for ICE if they have been convicted of a violent felony.
To supporters of the law, the blame in this case is on the federal government. At the ACLU, senior attorney Julia Harumi Mass is defending San Francisco’s sanctuary laws.
“It’s about public safety generally and making sure victims and witnesses who fear immigration consequences feel safe to come forward,” she said.
The rules have recently come under fire after police arrested a Mexican man for the Pier 14 shooting that killed Kate Steinle. A man who had been deported five times, and apparently knew San Francisco is a sanctuary city.