San Francisco–“Sanctuary City”–likes new US policy on fingerprints

Newsom OK with new U.S. policy on fingerprints
Rachel Gordon,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration expressed no reservations Thursday over a new national fingerprinting program that critics say could undermine San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy.

The federal Secure Communities program, which launched in 2008, is being phased in nationwide. It effectively takes away the ability of local officials to decide which suspects booked into jail should be brought to the attention of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Next month it will start in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma counties recently implemented the program, but report they’ve seen few changes.

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