A native of El Salvador who sneaks into the U.S. and goes to San Francisco because of their “sanctuary city” status, has his car stolen. What do you think he would do?
Go to the police? Well, it is a “sanctuary city,” so he does just that.
And when the police find out his is an illegal, and they follow the law and notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the man is arrested and deported.
Not in California! San Francisco taxpayers could soon be paying the man $190,000 for his dramatic pain and suffering.
…It doesn’t make sense because it’s ridiculous. But it’s happening.
Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno went to the police station in December 2015 to recover his stolen car. When he left, ICE agents arrested him and held him for two months.
According to his lawyers, a San Francisco police officer directly contacted ICE to report that Figueroa-Zarceno was an illegal immigrant and where they could find him.
Now, Figueroa-Zarceno’s lawyers are saying that was a violation of the sanctuary city policies.
So, basically, the officer broke the law by turning in an illegal immigrant.
Figueroa-Zarceno says it was horrible after he was detained from breaking U.S. law. “I could hear my daughter screaming outside the van, Dad! Dad!” he said, according to KPIX-5, the local CBS affiliate. “I could hear her telling them not to take her dad.”
But here’s the thing: another San Francisco law says illegals can’t be detained by immigration authorities for deportation unless wanted for serious crimes. Figueroa-Zarceno did serve two days in jail for a DUI, but his attorneys say he’s otherwise clear (except for that pesky only a civil deportation order dating back to 2005 for, you know, sneaking into America).
KPIX further reports:
Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said in a statement Friday that then-Police Chief Greg Suhr had informed Mayor Ed Lee that Figueroa-Zarceno “never should have been taken into custody by ICE agents after being released from Southern Police Station.”
“It is the policy of the San Francisco Police Department to foster trust and cooperation with all people of the City and to encourage them to communicate with SFPD officers without fear of inquiry regarding their immigration status,” the statement said.
The department is investigating and if any violations of policies and procedures are found, “there will be serious consequences,” the statement said.
John Coté, a spokesman for the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said, “San Francisco has strong policies in place to encourage victims and witnesses to report crimes without fear of being deported, which include our sanctuary ordinance. These policies are designed to foster respect and trust between law enforcement and residents to ensure our communities are safe. The City, including the Police Department, remain committed to them.”
Coté said, “This proposed settlement is a fair resolution for all of the parties involved.”
The settlement is expected to be confirmed by San Francisco supervisors in future hearings, according to KPIX.
You got to love California. The land where nothing makes sense.