Mayoral candidate Bob Filner has repeatedly linked rival Carl DeMaio to tough immigration enforcement but the two actually claim similar views on how San Diego officers should enforce the laws.
DeMaio told Voice of San Diego he thinks city police officers should focus more on keeping residents safe than on crackdowns against those who may be in the United States illegally. He also said this week he doesn’t support Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
“The trust of the community in our local law enforcement is vital to maintaining public safety,” DeMaio said. “It is not the job of San Diego police to enforce federal immigration laws.”