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Old 05-03-2006
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Mayor: City would ignore legislation if it were to pass

SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that The City will not comply with any federal legislation that criminalizes efforts to help illegal immigrants.

The mayor also denounced a bipartisan congressional proposal that would beef up border security and allow as many as 12 million illegal immigrants to gain legal status.

Newsom, who has not been afraid to wade into controversial national issues such as gay marriage, appeared with a group of elected officials on the steps of City Hall to support immigrants, ?documented as well as undocumented.?Newsom also signed a resolution sponsored by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, urging San Francisco law enforcement not to comply with criminal provisions of any new immigration bill.

?San Francisco stands foursquare in strong opposition to the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.,? Newsom said. ?If people think we were defiant on the gay marriage issue, they haven?t seen defiance.?

It is not the first time San Francisco has weighed in on the immigration issue. In 1989, the Board of Supervisors made San Francisco a ?City of Refuge.? The ordinance forbids city resources from being used to enforce federal immigration laws or to gather or disseminate information regarding the status of residents of The City. The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution reaffirming the ordinance in January.

Well, so much for law and order.

So dumb question, if a city like San Francisco can disobey federal laws about illegal aliens, can a city like Dallas disobey federal laws about firearms and weapons?

If not... why?
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They can disobey it only to the extent that the federal government is willing to enforce the law, and also to the extent that the city is willing to suffer any possible penalties from not complying. The federal government could remove as many services as they provide from the city as they feel necessary, and also cut off funding to any federal programs in effect in San Francisco.

Penalties don't have to apply to the city directly, either - the feds could force the issue with the California state government, too, by not issuing funds for transportation, social programs, or education.

Of course, if the law is all talk with no fangs (not unlikely), then San Francisco could easily get away with this.

Any city can ignore laws, it just has to be prepared for the penalties and fight that will ensue.
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