For the past year, AROC has participated as an active member of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee (SFIRDC). We’ve been fighting, along with over 30 other organizations, to curb youth deportations in the city of SF. In 2008, Gavin Newsom changed our city’s policy to make it so that youth under 18 would be referred immediately to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) when they are arrested for a felony charge. This means that they don’t get to see a judge, a lawyer, or sometimes even their parents before they are sent to ICE and put into deportation procedures.
Hundreds of individuals from diverse communities came together to fight this and to change this policy so that our youth would get a court hearing before being sentenced to deportation. And in November of 2009, we won this policy change!
Ignoring the will of the people, and the veto-proof majority of the Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Juvenile Probation Department refuse to implement this policy. Is this right??? No! When we pass laws democratically, we expect them to be put into effect!
On March 4th, the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee will hear testimony about Juvenile Probation’s failure to implement the policy. Join AROC in filling City Hall with supporters for Justice for Immigrant Youth!
Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee Meeting
Thursday March 4th 2020 at 10:30 am
San Francisco City Hall, Room 263