City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his office continue to push back on ’s immigration policies. In a statement released today Herrera responded to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ letters regarding compliance with immigration law enforcement.

City attorney Dennis Herrera and Mayor Ed Lee announce a lawsuit against President Trump
City attorney Dennis Herrera and Ed Lee announce a lawsuit against President

Sessions has written “warning” letters to nine jurisdictions including the state of California pinning crime and lawlessness on undocumented immigrants:

“(…) just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next,” the release said

 The letters go on to state that jurisdictions that refuse to comply are in violation of their agreements concerning federal grants.

Contrary to the letters, last week a lawyer for the Administration told a federal judge that the executive order targeting “sanctuary cities” and counties would not result in loss of massive funds to governments that refuse to comply with immigration authorities. 

“A week ago the administration was in federal court downplaying the scope of the president’s sanctuary city executive order, and here they are sending out a press release trying to blame undocumented immigrants for crime in Chicago and New York. The administration’s vision that cities are ‘crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration’ doesn’t square with reality. They’re selling fear, not facts” Herrera said. 

Herrera’s office sued the president on January 31, calling the immigration executive order unconstitutional.

Herrera’s office argues that a court order will bring more clarity on whether local governments can be penalized. Statements made by President have suggested his government would stop all federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions — a claim that appears to be no longer relevant after lawyer told court the executive order is “narrow.”

Regardless, the city appears to be prepared to fight immigration authorities cracking down on immigrants:

“This is not the totality of what the administration is doing – or could try to do – to cities, counties and states that they view as sanctuaries. That’s one reason why we’re asking the court for an order to give us all some clarity.”

  • MKR

    The honorable Attorney General Jeffrey Beaurigard Sessions on how to handle illegal immigrants

  • 4th Gen SF

    All I can say is keep it up SF! I mean who needs federal tax dollars anyway, right? SF will be cut off.

  • MKR

    All of the major cities in the U.S. Are sanctuary cities including New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle as well as San Fran and Los Angeles . All the term means is that the local police don’t check everyone’s immigration status all the time.
    The really interesting question would be could California divert its federal tax dollars back to the state if such an order to defund sanctuary cities is actually carried out by the trump administration? The red states would find out in a hurry who foots the bills for their foolishness. SF may need the federal money but the Feds need New York and California tax dollars even more.