It has been a rolling scandal even in ultra-liberalÂ San Francisco
how the city protected illegal alien criminals, even to the point of spending $2.3 million since 2005
to place young offenders in cushy housing. In addition, about30 percent of those "juveniles" were actually adults
, who had been posing as kids with IDs to match to get better treatment if busted.
As many as 185 undocumented youths held on felony criminal charges in San Francisco were shielded from deportation between 2005 and last summer, when the controversial policy came to light, according to juvenile probation statistics obtained by The Chronicle.City officials had previously said they had no way of telling how many youths had benefited from the policy. But a new preliminary report prepared by the Juvenile Probation Department at the request of Supervisor David Campos shows the number is much higher than previously suspected.The report shows that between Jan. 1, 2005, and Feb. 28 of this year, 252 undocumented youths had cases in the juvenile probation system. [ S.F. sanctuary policy shielded up to 185 youths, By Heather Knight, April 4, 2009]