Immigrant Youth in the System: 2009
- California — San Francisco Board of Supervisors Overrides Mayor’s Veto on Immigrant Juvenile Justice Policy: On November 10, 2009, in an historic vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors overrode by a vote of eight to three the mayor’s veto of an ordinance to shore up San Francisco’s sanctuary policy for undocumented youth. The Board of Supervisors reinstated a city ordinance that allows referral of youth to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only after an adjudication of guilt. Previously, such youth were referred to ICE upon arrest for a felony charge. The ordinance was originally passed in October 2009, but was quickly vetoed by the mayor, who alleged it conflicted with federal immigration law.
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