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Sanctuary City Information and FAQ

The City provides services to all residents, regardless of immigration status.  The Pacifica Police Department has a policy to not participate with federal agents to enforce federal immigration law.

Relevant City Policy

Sanctuary City Ordinance - Pacifica Ordinance # 826-C.S.

Sanctuary City Signage/Rights of Immigrants

Sanctuary City Signage/Rights of Immigrants (Spanish)

DOES THE PACIFICA POLICE DEPARTMENT WORK WITH ICE?

The Pacifica Police Department has a general policy of not participating with federal agents for the sole purpose of enforcing federal immigration law.  However, the Pacifica Police Department may cooperate with federal authorities when a person has been convicted of a serious or violent felony.  This means that Pacifica Police Officers will never directly assist immigration raids, conduct immigration check points, and will not attempt to determine your immigration status if you ask them for help or report a crime. 

ARE CITY SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL?

Yes, we want all our residents to take full advantage of City services, regardless of immigration status.  The City does not ask for immigration status on any application, questionnaire, or interview form other than those required by federal or state law, regulation, or court decision.  This means that the City will never ask for your immigration status when you are accessing city services, or submitting a complaint or concern to the City.

DOES THE CITY KNOW MY IMMIGRATION STATUS?

No, City employees, including law enforcement, are not trained to determine immigration status and do not have access to databases that will state this information.

MAY THE CITY CONDITION THE RECEIPT OF ANY BENEFITS ON IMMIGRATION STATUS?

No, the City will not condition the receipt of benefits on a person's immigration status unless otherwise required by law.

DOES THE ORDINANCE IN ANY WAY IMPACT THE PACIFICA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO ACT IN RESPONSE TO A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY?

No, the Ordinance does not prevent the Pacifica Police Department's ability to respond to a public safety threat.  Section 4-16.03(D) of the Ordinance states that "Nothing in this Ordinance shall be construed to prevent local law enforcement from providing assistance to secure a scene or act in cases of emergency when federal immigration officials are present, for the purpose of ensuring community safety."

Additional Questions?  Contact us at cmoffice@ci.pacifica.ca.us or (650) 738-7301.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANT SUPPORT AND COORDINATION:

 San Mateo County Human Services Agency

 

 

 

 

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