Sanctuary City Status Put To the Test

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 26: A row of luxury homes are seen near the Golden Gate Bridge May 26, 2005 in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, California. According to a study released Wednesday by San Francisco's First Republic Bank, the average luxury home in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is defined as homes with values above the $1 million, rose nearly 6 percent between the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005 to an average of $2.7 million, up $329,000 from one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    San Francisco supervisors are closer to implementing a proposal that would require under aged illegal immigrants arrested by police to be convicted of a crime before handing them over to immigration authorities.
         
    If adopted, the measure would reverse Mayor Gavin Newsom's stance. The current city policy allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be contacted at the time of the youth's arrest.

    The measure was approved by the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee Monday. It is scheduled to go before the full board on October 20.

    The proposal has drawn criticism from the mayor, the city's police chief, and the District Attorney. It is supported by immigrant advocates, and by a veto-proof majority of city supervisors.