In the perhaps “What else is new” category, in 2009 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to adopt the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Why? It’s not unusual for non-binding resolutions to be adopted even by local governments. But this was intended to be actual legislation. The UNCRC is being used to protect undocumented children from being deported. Don’t take my word for it:
The Board of Supervisors sent a strong message protecting the rights of undocumented children Tuesday night by passing a resolution by an 8-to-3 vote in favor of adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Wait there’s more!
The resolution came about because of concerns about police treatment of undocumented minors.
“Cases are charged up,” said Supervisor Bevan Dufty, referring to the practice of charging suspects with more serious charges then they are eventually convicted of. “The police have an enormous amount of discretion in booking and charging. The current way is fundamentally unfair.”
Dufty said police book suspects on felony charges, and many are later convicted of misdemeanors.
The effort was to prevent San Francisco police from reporting undocumented children/juveniles to ICE. The usual arguments were made:
“There’s systematic racial profiling going on in this country,” said Evelyn Sanchez of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee. “Due process is being violated. Human and city rights are being violated,” said the Mission District resident. After the meeting she was pleased with the board’s vote.
Even my boyhood hero, Cesar Chavez came up:
After the meeting Campos said it was fitting for this to happen on Cesar Chavez’s birthday.
“I think his spirit was in the room,” said Campos. “Progressives are in control.”
This makes my blood boil. The Constitution is clear: States and localities cannot defy Federal law or have their own foreign policy. The UNCRC resolution, in fact, sanctuary city policies in general, violate Article I, Section 10 of the original Constitution:
“No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation…”
This is why we need positive legislation to stop this bad UN law (an oxymoron!) before it can be adopted in this nation. Thanks to parentalrights.org for this outrageous report.