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1. Oakland and Berkeley consider themselves “sanctuary” cities for undocumented immigrants, but a little noticed new federal program effectively overturns their sanctuary status. Under the program, Secure Communities, the fingerprints of every person arrested in Oakland and Berkeley and booked into county jail are sent to federal immigration authorities to check if they’re in the country illegally, the CoCo Times reports. The mandatory program applies to all cities in the East Bay. As a result, it essentially eviscerates Oakland and Berkeley’s pledge to not share people’s immigration status with the federal government. San Francisco County has attempted to opt out of the program, but state Attorney General Jerry Brown said yesterday that it couldn’t.


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