‘Sanctuary City’ Policies Matter And This Undocumented Immigrant Just Got $190K Because Of It


In December 2015, Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was contacted by the San Francisco police to inform him that his car had been stolen and found. When he arrived at the police headquarters, they, in turn, detained him and called immigration officials.

Figueroa-Zarceno ended up being detained for two months, so he sued the city because he alleged the detention goes against San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” policy. The city of San Francisco states on its website:

“In 1989, San Francisco passed the ‘City and County of Refuge’ Ordinance (also known as the Sanctuary Ordinance). The Sanctuary Ordinance generally prohibits City employees from using City funds or resources to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of Federal immigration law unless such assistance is required by federal or state law.

In 2013, San Francisco passed the ‘Due Process for All’ Ordinance. This ordinance limits when City law enforcement officers may give ICE advance notice of a person’s release from local jail. It also prohibits cooperation with ICE detainer requests, sometimes referred to as ‘ICE holds.’ These ordinances were last amended in July 2016.”

Clearly, Figueroa-Zarceno had a case.

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“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Figueroa-Zerceno said. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn’t tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”

In January, Figueroa-Zarceno filed a lawsuit against San Francisco for violating its sanctuary city policy. Now, Figueroa-Zarceno’s lawyer, Saira Hussain, says that the city will pay him $190,000 if the agreement is approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors.

“It’s really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice,” Hussain told The San Francisco Examiner. “Our hope is that the department is going to look into this further and really examine the way that the department can do more.”

H/T: Man to receive $190,000 from SF for sanctuary city violation

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'They Call Us Monsters' Is A Documentary That Explores The Lives Of Three Teenagers Serving Time For Serious Crimes

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‘They Call Us Monsters’ Is A Documentary That Explores The Lives Of Three Teenagers Serving Time For Serious Crimes

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How should we treat juveniles who commit serious crimes?

Netflix has a documentary called “They Called Us Monsters” that follows three teenagers who have been sent to a Los Angeles juvenile detention facility. The three boys have been convicted of serious charges, including attempted murder and first-degree murder. The director of the film is Ben Lear, Norman Lear’s 28-year-old son, who found out about the boys after researching for a scripted project he had in mind about the prison system. According to PEOPLE, after Lear met the teenagers, he knew that he wanted to do a documentary exploring the legitimacy and impact of giving such young people long-term sentences.

“I remember being nervous and not knowing what to expect, and being immediately put at ease when I met all of them,” Lear told PEOPLE. “They were so young and ‘teenagery’ in every way, I just felt an immediate affinity.” Lear added: “I realized I hadn’t seen these kids depicted on film before.”

With that in mind, Lear went to the juvenile detention center and got the stories of the boys and of some of their victims. You can watch the documentary on Netflix to get the full story.

You can watch a little bit about one of the teenagers’ story below.

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