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George Gascon: police chief of Mesa and now San Francisco

George Gascon is the police chief of Mesa, Arizona. As of late July 2009, he'll be moving to San Francisco to be that city's new chief. Opponent of Joe Arpaio and supporter of illegal immigration, going as far as testifying to Congress against the 287g program and doing so on the dime of a far-left loose borders group. After it hit the papers, he paid for the trip out of his own pocket.

Last modified Jun 17, 2009
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New San Francisco police chief George Gascan says Mesa was about to fire him - 07/22/09

From this: Outgoing Mesa (Arizona) police Chief George Gascon confirmed Tuesday that he was on the verge of being fired after his April trip to Washington, D.C., where he testified that illegal immigration enforcement should not be left to resource-strapped local police departments. Ending weeks of speculation by police union members and his own allies that he was forced out, Gascon told the Tribune he was informed following his return from the nation's capital that he was about to be terminated. Gascón declined to identify that person. "I was not pressured to resign," Gascón said. "I was...

Mesa Police chief George Gascon to pay for DC trip out of own funds, refunds "immigration reform" group - 04/12/09

Earlier this month, Mesa, Arizona police chief George Gascon testified before Congress about his opposition to the 287g program. His testimony was sought by Rep. John Conyers and arranged through the agency of county supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. Hiis trip to DC was paid for by what he called at the time a "group of nonprofit organizations that are seeking immigration reform". This caused a firestorm of protest, and now Gascon has decided to return the money, pay for the trip out of his own pocket, and count the time he spent in DC against his vacation time (link). Now, here's something...

George Gascon DC trip paid for by "a group of nonprofit organizations that are seeking immigration reform" - 04/04/09

On Thursday, two congressional subcommittees held a hearing on the 287g program which included the following exchange (link, via this) between Mesa, Arizona police chief George Gascon (an opponent of the program) and Rep. Ted Poe (a supporter): "Who paid your way to get here today?" Poe asked. Gascon replied by repeating the question. "You heard me," Poe said. "Who paid your way?""A group of nonprofit organizations that are seeking immigration reform," Gascon answered. "Would you agree with the statement that we dance with the one who brung us?" Poe said, suggesting that Gascon was...

Zoe Lofgren, Jerrold Nadler, ACLU try to end 287g program (4/2/09 hearing; Arpaio) - 04/01/09

Two House subcommittees will be holding a joint hearing tomorrow (judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_090402.html) in an attempt to block the 287g program that allows local police to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security to locate illegal aliens. The most famous use of 287(g) involves Sheriff Joe Arpaio; he isn't scheduled to testify, but two of those who are will be opposing his efforts specifically. In advance of the hearing, today the American Civil Liberties Union - a group that's directly collaborating with the Mexican government - called on the Obama administration to end the...