Kathryn Steinle, 32, was out for a walk on San Francisco waterfront with her father when she was shot and killed, seemingly at random. The only suspect in custody is an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history who had been previously deported five times, according to federal immigration officials.
What’s worse is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that San Francisco police had the suspect, Francisco Sanchez, in custody earlier this year but didn’t report him to immigration officials, according to NBC Bay Area.
“DHS records indicate ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the subject at that time, requesting notification prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody. The detainer was not honored,” ICE said in a statement Friday.
San Francisco became a “sanctuary city” in 2011 and proclaimed it would end its cooperation with federal officials and not hold illegals, picked up on minor crimes, for deportation.
In an interview with NBC Bay Area San Francisco, county sheriff’s legal counsel Freya Horne said that the city and county are sanctuaries for illegals and don’t turn them over to ICE unless they have active warrants.
Horne acknowledged that letting Sanchez, arrested Wednesday for the murder of Steinle, out of jail without charging him for marijuana sales on April 15 was a “shame,” NBC Bay Area reported.
“It’s a tragedy,” she said. “We all recognize that. But we followed city policy.”
That ought to be a big comfort to Steinle’s family who now have to plan their daughter’s funeral.
Sanchez has seven felony convictions, mostly on drug charges, across several states including Texas, Oregon and Arizona but apparently that isn’t enough for San Francisco to hand him over to immigration officials and get him out of the country.
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