As many as 185 undocumented youths held on felony criminal charges in San Francisco were shielded from deportation between 2005 and last summer, when the controversial policy came to light, say juvenile probation statistics obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. City officials had said they had no way of telling how many youths had benefited from the policy. A new report prepared by the Juvenile Probation Department at the request of Supervisor David Campos shows the number is much higher than previously suspected.
It also shows 67 have been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since July, when the Chronicle reported that the city was paying for flights home and $7,000-a-month group homes for the young offenders instead of turning them over to federal officials. It’s unclear how many, if any, of those 67 ultimately were deported. Mayor Gavin Newsom said the sanctuary-city policy was intended to allow undocumented immigrants to access services and report crimes without fear of deportation – but not to protect criminals