San Francisco to pay illegal alien whopping $190k because city officials, feds dared to do their jobs

The City by the Bay has taken its sanctuary status to ever greater heights.

San Francisco has agreed to pay an illegal immigrant $190,000 because it reported him to immigration officials, who in turn did what was expected of them — they detained him for two months because of his illegal status.

Now he’ll be reimbursed $95,000 a month because of his embarrassment. Nice work if you can get it.

Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, the undocumented immigrant, was called into the local police department on December 2, 2015, after receiving word that his stolen car had been recovered.

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When he left the department out of a side door he was directed to, he was immediately picked up by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who’d been alerted by police as to when and where he would be there.

Figueroa-Zarceno, an El Salvador national, was detained by ICE for two months after his arrest, which only came about as a result of the San Francisco police officers’ apparent violation of the city’s sanctuary city policy.

Speaking through an interpreter, Figueroa-Zarceno, who has a daughter, 8, and an American fiancee, explained what happened when the ICE agent detained him.

“I could hear my daughter screaming outside the van, Dad! Dad!” he said, according to San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-5 News. “I could hear her telling them not to take her dad.”

San Francisco declared itself a sanctuary city in 1989. That status was bolster by a 2013 “Due Process for All” ordinance.

Figueroa-Zarceno’s attorneys said the ICE document released Friday indicates that the sheriff’s department contacted ICE on Dec. 2 stating that a “final order fugitive” had been contacted by San Francisco police.

At the same time, the document states, a San Francisco police officer contacted the ICE duty officer directly and told him Figueroa-Zarceno was at the police station. He was taken into custody by ICE around half an hour later.


“San Francisco has strong policies in place to encourage victims and witnesses to report crimes without fear of being deported, which include our sanctuary ordinance,” John Coté, a spokesman for the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. “These policies are designed to foster respect and trust between law enforcement and residents to ensure our communities are safe. The City, including the Police Department, remain committed to them.”

Coté added, “This proposed settlement is a fair resolution for all of the parties involved.”

Clip via KPIX-5 News

Without surprise, people on social media thought San Francisco had it all backwards — and some even gave suggestions as to where to spend the money.

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