San Francisco supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a tough new ordinance barring police officers and sheriff’s deputies from holding for deportation all but a handful of arrestees who are living in the country without permission. The law is designed to encourage people without valid residency papers to call police to report crimes and seek help without fear of being detained and sent back to their native country. "For our system to work well, victims and witnesses have to be free to go to police," said Supervisor John Avalos, chief sponsor of the ordinance. "What we’re doing is disentangling the justice system from immigration."

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