ICE postpones deporting SF MUNI worker's family

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I just got a call from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement advising me that ICE has decided to postpone deporting the wife and son of MUNI bus driver Charles Washington for 60 days.

"We're hoping that postponing their removal will afford them the opportunity to get their affairs in order and address outstanding legal issues," ICE spokesperson VIrginia Kice told me. Kice said this extension should give the family time to deal with their "pending adjustment application," and determine "whether they have the opportunity to gain legal status."

That's great news for the Washingtons and another sign that may be hope, after all. (Angela Chan, staff attorney for the Asian Law Caucus, is now trying to get ICE to give the family 6 months, since this is how long US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS) has told her it would take for them to process the Washingtons' green card applications, and hopefully all the federal agencies involved are going to coordinate their efforts on this case.)

Meanwhile, Sup. David Campos is still trying to get the Juvenile Probation Department to implement his amendment to the sanctuary ordinance to stop nightmares like this from happening. Campos has scheduled a hearing at 10 a.m., Thursday March 4. So, stay tuned.

Comments

Since it doesn't appear to be in dispute that the minor involved had beaten up a classmate & stolen his money, how would the sanctuary ordinance have helped his family evade deportation? It may be a touching story, but it isn't really relevant to the debate over the sanctuary ordinance. Had the kid been a U.S. citizen without legal status in Australia, I doubt that the Australian authorities would have acted any more leniently.

Posted by Colin V. Gallagher on Mar. 04, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

I bet it was Sarah's articles that did it. She should treat herself to a new American Apparel off-the-shoulder top and a round of Pabst Blue Ribbon at Casanovas.

Posted by Lucretia the Trollop on Mar. 04, 2010 @ 10:39 pm