- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor is standing by this city’s much-criticized sanctuary policies even as he wants the sheriff to rescind an order curtailing staff from talking to federal immigration authorities.

Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced legislation Tuesday in response to the shooting death of a woman at a San Francisco pier.

Her alleged killer was in the country illegally and released from jail because San Francisco, along with other jurisdictions, does not honor immigration detainer requests.

Farrell said he wants Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to rescind a March memo limiting department communications with immigration officials.

Mark Nicco, deputy legal counsel for the sheriff’s office, said there is no department-wide gag order, only a limit on the immigration-related information shared.

He said the office welcomes legislative guidance from the board.


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