SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – San Francisco police today said they are investigating to determine if city policies limiting communication with immigration authorities were violated following an incident in which an undocumented man was taken into custody while trying to retrieve a recovered stolen car.
Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno was taken into custody by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on Dec. 2 at the San Francisco Police Department’s Southern Station.
A document from federal immigration authorities released by his attorneys today indicates that a San Francisco police officer directly contacted ICE and told them where to find Figueroa-Zarceno, the man’s attorneys and representatives said today.
The apparent incident, which led to the two-month detention of Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, could be a violation of Sanctuary City policies placing limits on local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with immigration officials, according to his attorneys.
Figueroa-Zarceno, a native of El Salvador with a fiancee who is a U.S. citizen and an eight-year-old daughter, was released Wednesday.
He said today that he had contacted police in November when his car was stolen and went to the Southern Station on Dec. 2, 2015, after receiving a call telling him his car had been found.
Speaking through an interpreter, Figueroa-Zarceno said that once he was at the station he was detained and handcuffed, and told that police needed to ask him questions. No questions were asked, but after a few minutes he was released out a side door, where an ICE agent was waiting outside to detain him.
“I could hear my daughter screaming outside the van, Dad! Dad!” he said. “I could hear her telling them not to take her dad.”
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