While it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, San Francisco’s newly minted District Attorney continues to generate headlines of precisely the wrong sort. But as you will presently come to understand, nobody can fault him for trying to sneak anything past the residents of the City by the Bay. He’s simply doing precisely what he promised while out on the campaign trail. And the voters of that city elected him anyway.
His latest move will give many people pause, however, and likely prove true the warnings of his critics. In a long think piece at Commentary Magazine (and I mean very, very long), Andrew McCarthy delves into one of District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s latest initiatives involving immigration. That’s a natural subject for a DA to look into, as McCarthy notes because there are plenty of immigration laws that require enforcement. But that’s not what Boudin has in mind. He’s setting up a task force to prevent illegal aliens from being prosecuted or deported.
A newly minted district attorney for a major American city vows to establish an immigration unit. At first blush, that would seem entirely normal for a prosecutor’s office. Immigration laws require enforcement, and prosecutors are in the law-enforcement business.
But no—the new San Francisco DA actually has in mind an immigration defense unit. He wants to assign a staff of prosecutors to protect undocumented aliens—those who are either illegal and thus deportable to begin with, or for whom a criminal conviction could result in loss of lawful status and thus eventual deportation. The unit’s enforcement target would be not the law violators but the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who enforce federal laws, along with any local police and corrections officials who have the temerity to assist ICE in that endeavor. The prosecutors’ mission, in the words of their new boss, would be to “stand up to Trump on immigration”—the president having made signature issues of border security and the stepped-up deportation of aliens who flout the laws.