Homeland secretary blasts San Francisco sanctuary policy

Sep 15, 2015 6:13 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says San Francisco's policy of not cooperating with immigration officials is counterproductive and unacceptable.

Johnson spoke Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and made the comments in response to questions about the July slaying of Kate Steinle as she walked along the San Francisco waterfront.

The man charged in the killing, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been deported five times to his native Mexico and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigrations authorities to keep him locked up.

San Francisco's sanctuary law prohibits city employees from helping federal authorities with immigration investigations or arrests unless required by law or a warrant.

Johnson said it's not acceptable to have no policy of cooperation with immigration officials.

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