San Francisco Sanctuary City resolution approved
From the Office of Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
July 18, 2006
San Francisco - While the immigration debate continues
heating up nationwide, undocumented immigrants who live, work
or visit San Francisco are protected under Sanctuary policies
and supported by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
On Tuesday, July 18, the Board unanonymously approved a resolution
opposing a bill recently approved by the House of Representatives
that would eliminate federal funding for sanctuary cities. The
U.S. Senate is still considering the bill.
"This resolution is about human rights and about standing
up for undocumented immigrants," said Supervisor Gerardo
Sandoval, who authored the resolution. "Historically, undocumented
immigrants have been the victims of politics during election years.
They have been targeted by people who claim they are doing 'the
right thing' but lack compassion and understanding of the root
causes of immigration."
Supervisor Sandoval's resolution urges Mayor Gavin Newsom to
speak out against Congress' attempts to blame immigrants for the
terrorist threat and to withhold over $27 million in funding to
San Francisco. "Mayor Newsom's silence on the issue stands
in stark contrast to New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg's
promise to give Congress one heck of a fight," added Supervisor
Sandoval. In January of this year, the Board of Supervisors unanimously
re-confirmed the City's support for the City of Refuge Ordinance,
originally approved in 1989. Among other clauses, the ordinance
prohibits city employees and the use of City funds to deny social
services for undocumented immigrants, or to refer individuals
to immigration authorities.
"We have a long history as a compassionate and welcoming
city, and in supporting this resolution we are continuing that
legacy today," said Board of Supervisors President Aaron
"I am a proud co-sponsor of this resolution. There is a
moral imperative that often is overlooked by those xenophobes
who want to continue punishing immigrants and their families,"
said Supervisor Tom Ammiano.
"Bush, Cheney and Rove have destroyed our economy and made
us the most hated country in the world. Now they seek to divide
us one against the other," said Supervisor Jake McGoldrick,
After today's approval by the Board of Supervisors, this resolution
goes to Mayor Gavin Newsom's desk.