Statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Department of Justice grant compliance

The Department of Justice sent letters to 23 local governments

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 24, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s letter requesting documents about the City’s sanctuary policies:

“We’ve received the letter addressed to Mayor Farrell, and we’re reviewing it. San Francisco is proud to be a sanctuary city. We’re also in full compliance with federal immigration law. What the law requires is narrow, and San Francisco follows the law. It’s that simple. San Francisco prioritizes using our limited law enforcement resources to actually fight crime, not break up hardworking families. We leave it to the federal government to enforce immigration law, and we are going to continue to apply for federal grants that we are eligible for. 
This is a request from the federal government for City policies, not for information about specific individuals. We will satisfy the request in a timely fashion.”