Illegal Alien Accuses San Francisco of Violating its Illegal Sanctuary Policy

File this one under “Fact is Stanger than Fiction”:

Pedro Zarceno-Figueroa is an illegal alien from El Salvador. Pedro lives illegally in San Francisco. San Francisco is a self-declared sanctuary city that illegally shields illegal aliens from federal immigration enforcement officials. Pedro, who is violating U.S. immigration laws, has a DUI conviction, and is ignoring a deportation order is charging that San Francisco violated its illegal sanctuary “law” when it discovered an outstanding warrant for him and police detained him temporarily while authorities contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to find out what the warrant was for. As a result, Pedro now finds himself in ICE custody.

It all began in December, when Zarceno-Figueroa showed up at a police station to report his car had been stolen. The police, as they routinely do, asked him to produce a driver’s license and proof of ownership and registration and discovered that Zarceno-Figueroa is an illegal alien. Perhaps, in an effort to avoid another Kate Steinle fiasco, the police decided to check for warrants before sending Zarceno-Figueroa on his way.

golden-gate-bridge-690346_640The SFPD claims it never found out what the warrant was for and, this being San Francisco, released Zarceno-Figueroa. This is where it gets even stranger. There just happened to be an ICE agent parked in front of the police station who took Zarceno-Figueroa into custody. “We do not cooperate on immigration matters,” stated SFPD Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

Many in San Francisco are troubled by the fact that an illegal alien was taken into custody in their city. County Supervisor John Avalos, who dismissed Kate Steinle’s murder as “just a series of coincidences,” that had nothing to do with the sanctuary policy he authored is demanding answers about what happened to Zarceno-Figueroa. “I am very concerned about this case and have joined the community’s call for transparency and accountability from SFPD and ICE,” said Avalos.

Zarceno-Figueroa, who has yet to be deported, is being represented by the public defender’s office (at the expense of taxpayers). If Avalos is merely “concerned,” the city’s public defender is righteously indignant. “Pedro Figueroa was the victim of a crime, and today he’s the victim of a broken immigration system. San Francisco is a sanctuary city. We welcome immigrants, we have a law and a policy that should protect them, and yet Pedro Figueroa was not protected,” charged Jeff Adachi, the city’s public defender.

Perhaps Zarceno-Figueroa can take some comfort in the knowledge that the city’s sanctuary policies don’t protect law-abiding citizens of San Francisco either.

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Ira joined FAIR in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

Comments

  1. avatar IHatetheMedia says:

    Glad you put “law” in quotes.

  2. avatar Truthafuss says:

    John Avalos, pure dreck, should be hung in a public square for disgracing himself (if that is possible), latinos everywhere, the City of San Francisco and the United States. The city of San Francisco is too perverted to bear. People like Avalos are the reason. These anti-civilisation freaks should be tossed out, they should be taken away for dereliction of duty and misuse of public office. That people like Avalos hold any civil power in the city that once knew how, my hometown, is disgusting at the basest levels. It lowers the morality and intellectual level of the city, which already is hanging by a thread.

    • avatar WILLHUT1 says:

      So far only in sanctuary cities can enforcing the law be labeled criminal ..don’t worry soon this insanity will reach the state and town you live in. Not sure? Take a quick peek at what has been evolving in the balkan states over the last one hundred-fifty years…especially Macedonia.

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  4. avatar Leland says:

    So Kate Steinle’s murder was “just a series of coincidences”, according to County Supervisor John Avalos? Do those “coincidences” include the fact that her killer was a seven time felon who had been deported to Mexico five times?

    It was certainly no “coincidence” that he said he went to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city. That’s why he was there and her death is the fault of the politicians, and the voters, who continue to support this lawlessness.