Sanctuary policies are counterproductive to public safety: Jeh Johnson

Sanctuary policies are counterproductive to public safety: Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson criticized so-called sanctuary policies that prohibits cities like San Francisco from cooperating with federal authorities in immigration investigations or arrests unless required by law or a warrant.

Criticizing sanctuary policies, Johnson said any city's such policies are counterproductive to public safety and unacceptable.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in downtown San Francisco, Johnson said, "It is counterproductive to public safety to have this level of resistance to working with our immigration enforcement personnel. It is simply in my judgment not acceptable to have no policy of cooperation with immigration enforcement."

He stressed that cities' cooperation with Homeland Security officials was essential to get criminals off the streets.

San Francisco's sanctuary policy came under fire after the shooting death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot by illegal Mexican immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez as she walked with her father along the city's waterfront.

The shooting triggered a national debate over the city's sanctuary policy after it was revealed Lopez-Sanchez was out on the streets after the city's Sherriff disregarded a request from federal immigration authorities to keep him locked up.

Lopez-Sanchez, who has been deported five times to Mexico, claims that he fired the gun accidentally and that he had no intention to kill Steinle.

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