Editorial: Gavin Newsom, lawbreaker

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Gavin Newsom, candidate for governor of California, doesn't want to seem soft on crime, so Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, is siding with the federal authorities on deporting immigrant youth

EDITORIAL Mayor Gavin Newsom has set off something of a crisis in San Francisco government by insisting that he will defy the city law that seeks to protect immigrant youth from deportation. While Newsom claims that the sanctuary policy approved 8-2 by the supervisors last week violates federal law (something the same-sex marriage advocate hasn't worried so much about in the past), this is really a matter of politics. Newsom, candidate for governor of California, doesn't want to seem soft on crime — so Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, is siding with the federal immigration authorities.

He's also putting out a misleading message about the law.