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Faulconer: San Diego's police force will not perform immigration enforcement duties

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 15:14:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--In a memo sent to the San Diego City Council Wednesday, mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city's police force would not participate in a program that would deputize the city's police force with immigration enforcement powers. 

The so-called Delegated Authority Program, section 287(g) of the Immigration and National Security Act, has been the topic of recent discussions at the national level as it would allow the federal government to work with cities to give local law enforcement officers the added task of immigration enforcement. 

"I would like to reaffirm that San Diego will not be participating in the 287(g)... program." Faulconer wrote. "Such an agreement would essentially task local law enforcement officer with doing the job of the federal government and places an unfair financial burden on local taxpayers." 

He added that San Diego Police Department has a long-standing policy where officers don't initiate contact for the sole purpose of checking a person's immigration status, not do they ask for the status of victims or witnesses of crimes. 

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy