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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 22, 2008 / 19 Tamuz 5768

Sanctuary Policy Made City Less Safe

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policy — as it was implemented until recently — put the welfare of juvenile gang-bangers and drug dealers, who also were illegal immigrants, before the safety of law-abiding residents who are victimized by gangs and thugs.


As the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday in a story by Jaxon Van Derbeken, one beneficiary of that policy is Edwin Ramos, 21, who is charged with killing Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, in a spectacularly senseless shooting spree on June 22. If Ramos is guilty, San Francisco political correctness and a federal immigration screw-up may have blown a hole in a once happy family.


In 2003, Ramos and friends assaulted a man on a city bus. He was charged with assault, convicted and placed in a shelter. City officials never alerted federal immigration authorities who, because of the felony conviction, should have deported him.


In 2004, four days after his release, Ramos tried to rob a pregnant woman. He later was arrested, convicted and sent to a city-run camp. City officials never alerted federal immigration authorities who, because of the second felony conviction, should have deported him.


In March, San Francisco police pulled Ramos over because his car had illegally tinted windows and no front license plate. Someone in the car fled and tried to throw away a gun, which forensics later tied to a double murder. Ramos was arrested, but the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris failed to prosecute him.


After Ramos was arrested, however, the sheriff's department checked Ramos' immigration status — it was deportable — and notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of Ramos, and this time ICE dropped the ball and failed to hold and deport Ramos.


What went wrong? Whatever the sanctuary city policy was intended to do when first adopted in 1989, the concept started as a way of letting otherwise law-abiding residents know that they could report crimes to police, send their children to school and see a doctor — without fear that local authorities would turn them into federal authorities.


At some point — Juvenile Probation Director William Siffermann says that it happened before Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed him in 2005 — Juvenile Probation staff decided that the sanctuary city policy commanded them to shield juveniles convicted of serious offenses, like assault and drug dealing, from federal immigration officials.


It was only a matter of time before gang members, including foreign-based drug cartels, figured it out — that no matter what they did in San Francisco, no matter how serious the offense, they need not fear deportation. They knew that The Special City's special politics would shield them.


The worst of it is: Prosecutors went along. The courts went along.


Violent repeat offenders were getting an easy ride. In Ess Eff, that was business as usual.


Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard believes Newsom should get credit for putting an end to Juvenile Probation Department policy as soon as he found out about it in May. It's true, Newsom showed more sense than the geniuses who saw no better use of city funds than to fly convicted drug dealers to their home countries — rather than turn them in to ICE.


But it's hard to give Newsom kudos for not knowing what some San Francisco cops knew: that some drug rings had figured out a way to game the city's juvenile justice system.


Shouldn't the mayor have known? I asked former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara, now a fellow at the Hoover Institution. Yes, he said, "the mayor runs the police department."


And: "It's just incredible to think they were spending all that money to help criminals evade being deported." And McNamara has no kind words for federal officials who were too busy to hold Ramos when they had the chance. For a year now, the folks at ICE have been telling me that recent arrests have been the result of concerted targeting of the worst offenders. Yet Ramos wasn't bad enough for them?


"What we're being beat up on is not fair in a sense," Ballard said. "The city did not give Ramos sanctuary. He was turned over to the federal authorities." I guess Ballard wants critics to forget the two times Ess Eff's sanctuary-city policy shielded Ramos and instead direct their ire toward the feds. The feds, you see, screwed up and did by omission what city workers, until May, had been doing on purpose.

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