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.