San Francisco police officers and sheriff’s deputies will not follow President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and arrest residents living in the city without proper documentation, Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief William Scott and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told the Department of Homeland Security yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Holding to their commitment against Trump’s crackdown on immigration and sanctuary cities, the officials said San Francisco’s public safety agencies will not enforce federal immigration law and that the city “declines to participate in any agreements” noted in the Trump’s two new executive orders .
Lee, Scott, and Hennessy told Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that it is “in the interest of public safety” that San Francisco officers and deputies do not enforce federal immigration law. “Our community policing efforts are effective only if we have trust and cooperation of the communities we are charged to protect,” they wrote. “Pressing local jurisdictions to become entangled in federal immigration enforcement betrays that trust and undermines the work our public safety departments have done to improve relations with our residents. We will not jeopardize the public safety of our communities to do the job of the federal government.”