SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About a dozen members of an anti-illegal immigration group gathered Wednesday in front of San Francisco City
Hall to call for the mayor's resignation over the city's sanctuary policy.
But the protesters from the Minuteman Project were drowned out by the nearly 200 counter-protesters yelling, "Go home, racists."
The Southern California-based group came to protest the city's policy of not turning over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities.
The decades-old policy came under scrutiny in July after 21-year-old Edwin Ramos, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was accused of fatally shooting a father and his two sons in a car. Ramos had avoided deportation despite previous brushes with law enforcement.
A coalition of immigrants' rights groups organized the counter-protesters.
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