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Victory in San Francisco by CUAV and FREE SF Coalition

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On October 20th, 2015 CUAV, in coalition with many other immigrant rights advocate groups, successfully lobbied the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution rejecting the implementation of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) in our city. Earlier in the year, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi issued a memo to his department mandating no deputies were to communicate with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), which built upon the city’s Due Process for All and Sanctuary ordinances. Following the tragic shooting of Kate Steinle at San Francisco’s Pier 14 this summer by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented man, anti-immigrant forces such as Donald Trump sought to exploit the tragedy to criminalize and demonize immigrants. In response, Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced a mean-spirited resolution calling for the sheriff’s memo be rescinded. This came amid pressure for SF to weaken its policies from figures such as Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and Mayor Ed Lee. However, immigrant communities and their allies mobilized to oppose scapegoating and protect the city’s pro-immigrant policies. Supervisor David Campos then introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors to reject PEP and affirm the commitment to Due Process for All, along with other measures to address root causes of the tragedy, including gun theft prevention and clearing out old warrants. FREE SF, the coalition that CUAV is a part of, along with ally community organizations and individuals successfully lobbied The Supervisors to reject Farrell’s anti-immigrant proposal, 6-5, and then to unanimously approve the Campos resolution! While the resolution made reference to narrow exceptions, the coalition is committed to continue to fight for the principle that no human being is disposable.