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HARRIS HEARTS SANCTUARY CITIES

- March 13, 2018

WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION, SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA) HAS CONSISTENTLY STOOD IN THE WAY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

Sen. Harris Defended The Oakland Mayor's Warning To Residents Of ICE Action

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Defended The Mayor Of Oakland's Warning To Residents Of Impending Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Actions. MSNBC's CHRIS HAYES: "One of the items that Jeff Sessions attacked specifically was the actions of Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf who recently warned the city's residents about an impending I.C.E. raid. He basically said how dare you. Do you think those actions the mayor took were." SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): "I think every mayor has to make a decision and I've convened the various mayors in California and each one is making a decision based on his and her estimation of what's in the best interest of their constituents. I support their ability and their capability to make those decisions. I'm not going to second-guess it." (MSNBC's " All In With Chris Hayes ," 3/7/18)

Sen. Harris Suggested That The Administration Is Using ICE For Political Purposes And "Throwing Red Meat Out" To The Base. SEN. HARRIS: "Put your resources there where the states need you to help with the public safety of those communities instead of playing politics. It's unnecessary and frankly this administration has decided they're going to scapegoat communities. They're throwing red meat out to their base while at the same time picking pockets of the taxpayers of the United States with a $1 trillion tax bill that is benefiting big corporations. It's a lot of the distraction from the job they really need to be doing." (MSNBC's " All In With Chris Hayes ," 3/7/18)

As California's Top Cop, Harris Instructed Local Law Enforcement To Ignore The Obama Administration's Request To Hold Illegal Immigrants

In 2012, Then-Attorney General Kamala Harris Told Local Law Enforcement That Compliance With The Obama Administration's Secure Communities Program Was Voluntary. "Secure Communities is optional in California, according to the state's Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris told local law enforcement Tuesday they didn't have to comply with the controversial fingerprint-sharing program used to rope undocumented immigrants into deportation proceedings, arguing that in practice Secure Communities targeted non-criminals and made immigrant communities distrustful of the police, according to the Los Angeles Times." (Roque Planas, "Secure Communities Is Optional In California, Attorney General Kamala Harris Says," The Huffington Post , 12/5/12)

Secure Communities Was Instituted To Deport Undocumented Immigrants Who Commit Serious Crimes By Obligating Local Law Enforcement To Share The Fingerprints Of Arrested Individuals With ICE. "The stated goal of Secure Communities is to deport undocumented immigrants who commit serious crimes by obligating local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of those they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement." (Roque Planas, "Secure Communities Is Optional In California, Attorney General Kamala Harris Says," The Huffington Post , 12/5/12)

Harris Instructed Local Law Enforcement They Could Ignore The Obama Administration's Requests To Hold Illegal Immigrants. "State Attorney General Kamala Harris waded into the immigration debate, telling local law enforcement Tuesday that they have the power to ignore Obama administration requests that they hold illegal immigrants. By issuing a bulletin to local police and sheriffs, Harris is challenging President Barack Obama, her friend and ally. She campaigned for him four years ago and again this year, and he campaigned for her when she won election in 2010." (Daniel Morain, "State Attorney General Goes Her Own Way On Immigration," Modesto Bee, 12/7/12)

Obama's Secure Communities Program Led To The Deportation Of 1.4 Million Illegal Immigrants. "Harris' position undermines Obama's Secure Communities program, which has led to the deportation of 1.4 million illegal immigrants, many of whom broke no laws but for their undocumented immigration status." (Daniel Morain, "State Attorney General Goes Her Own Way On Immigration," Modesto Bee, 12/7/12)

Harris Said Local Agencies Were Best Positioned To Determine If Someone Posed A Risk To Public Safety. "'Local agencies are best positioned to determine the highest use of local resources, and if the local law enforcement agency determines that releasing certain individuals does not present a risk to public safety, a federal detainer request cannot, by itself, reverse that determination,' Harris said in the bulletin." (Daniel Morain, "State Attorney General Goes Her Own Way On Immigration," Modesto Bee, 12/7/12)

Harris Argued That The Program Didn't Improve Public Safety And That 28 Percent Of Those Targeted For Deportation Were Not Criminals. "Although the intent may have been to improve public safety, Harris said that a review of data from March through June showed that 28% of those targeted for deportation in California as a result were not criminals. Those numbers, she noted, had changed little since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a year earlier pledged to reform the program to focus on the most serious offenders." (Lee Romney, "U.S. Program Called Optional," Los Angeles Times, 12/5/12)

Harris Supported San Francisco Advertising That It Would Not Report Illegal Immigrants To Federal Authorities

San Francisco Created An Ad Campaign To Let Illegal Immigrants Know The City Would Not Report Them To Federal Authorities. "In what may be the first such campaign of its kind, the city plans to publish multilanguage brochures and fill the airwaves with advertisements relaying assurance that San Francisco will not report them to federal immigration authorities. Mayor Gavin Newsom said the campaign was simply an amplification of a longstanding position of not cooperating with immigration raids or other enforcement. The city passed a so-called sanctuary ordinance in 1989." (Jessie McKinley, "San Francisco Reaches Out To Immigrants," The New York Times, 4/6/08)

Harris Suggested The Ad Campaign Makes It Harder For Predators To Victimize Illegal Immigrants. "'It is a trademark of a criminal predator to convince victims that because of the victims' immigration status that they -- not the predator -- will be treated as the criminal,' said Kamala Harris, the city's district attorney. 'We want to remove that tool from the criminal's tool belt.'" (Jessie McKinley, "San Francisco Reaches Out To Immigrants," The New York Times, 4/6/08)

As District Attorney, Harris Abided By A City Ordinance To Not Turn Over Illegal Immigrant Youths Arrested For Felonies To Federal Authorities. "They waved signs calling Newsom, District Attorney Kamala Harris and William Siffermann, head of the city's Juvenile Probation Department, 'accessories to murder' for the city's now-reversed policy of not turning over illegal immigrant youths arrested for felonies to federal authorities for possible deportation." (Heather Knight, "Crowd Of Pro-Immigrant Demonstrators Meet Them At City Hall Protest," San Francisco Chronicle, 7/31/08)

In 2010, Harris' Was Criticized For San Francisco's Sanctuary City Ordinance That Prohibited Local Officials From Helping Federal Officials With Immigration Investigations. "Cooley repeatedly attacked Harris over San Francisco's sanctuary city ordinance that prohibits city employees from helping federal officials with immigration investigations unless required to by law." (Maris Lagos, "Republican Cooley Leads S.F. District Attorney Harris," San Francisco Chronicle, 11/3/10)

Following The Murder Of Kathryn Steinle, Harris Continued To Voice Her Support For Sanctuary Cities

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanches, An Illegal Immigrant From Mexico, Was Accused Of Shooting 32 Year-Old Kathryn Steinle In San Francisco. "From the presidential stage to California's local political contests, it may be accused killer Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican citizen with a string of deportations and drug-related felonies in the U.S., who becomes this year's Willie Horton and shapes the debate over illegal immigration. Lopez-Sanchez, who is accused in the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco last week, admitted Sunday to the killing in a jailhouse interview with KGO-TV and said he chose to return repeatedly to San Francisco, a sanctuary city that by policy does not detain immigrants solely because he felt protected from deportation." (Carla Marinucci and Emily Green, "Slaying Ignites Heated Debate On Immigration," San Francisco Chronicle, 7/7/15)

Critics Said Harris Should Be Held Accountable For The Sanctuary City Policies That Contributed To The Killing. "In California, conservative critics demanded that high-profile Democrats - including Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom - be held accountable for sanctuary policies they insist contributed to the killing." (Carla Marinucci and Emily Green, "Slaying Ignites Heated Debate On Immigration," San Francisco Chronicle, 7/7/15)

Harris' Office Responded By Saying It Is Up To Local Jurisdictions To Determine Whether They Want To Contact ICE When Dealing With Illegal Immigrants. "David Beltran, the spokesman for Harris, said in a statement that 'based on state law and court precedent, the decision to notify ICE is voluntary, and ultimately must be decided by local jurisdictions based on their determination about what is in the best interests of public safety in their community.'" (Carla Marinucci and Emily Green, "Slaying Ignites Heated Debate On Immigration," San Francisco Chronicle, 7/7/15)


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