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The City of San Francisco now stands to award an illegal immigrant from El Salvador $190,000 after being sued by the individual who alleges his rights were violated when law enforcement upheld their oath.
Citing that police violated San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary law’ by turning him over to immigration authorities, 33-year-old Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno sued the city with the assistance of the Asian Law Caucus.
While the settlement has been approved by the city attorney’s office and Zarceno legal team, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors still needs to sign off on the matter.
Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus who represents Zarceno stated to media that “It’s really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice… Our hope is that the department is going to look into this further and really examine the way that the department can do more.”
“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Zarceno stated.
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The construction worker said he went to police in December 2015 after getting a call from authorities that his stolen car had been found. Instead of helping him, he said, officers detained him and called immigration authorities.
He was taken into custody by federal authorities outside the police station and was in jail for two months. He has been fighting his deportation since his release.
“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.” [Zarceno said.]
City law prohibits law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials except when violent criminals are involved.
San Francisco’s sanctuary law was thrust into the national debate on immigration after the July 2015 slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
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