An illegal immigrant arrested in connection with the killing of 32 year old Kathryn Steinle at San Francisco's Pier 14 on Wednesday had been deported five times according to federal immigration officials.
From Fox News:
Further, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says San Francisco had him in their custody earlier this year but failed to notify ICE when he was released.
ICE briefly had him in their custody in March after he had served his latest sentence for "felony re-entry," but turned him over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant. At this time, ICE issued the detainer -- effectively asking that he be turned back over to ICE when San Francisco was finished with him.
ICE has since lodged another immigration detainer against the individual, though it's unclear whether San Francisco will cooperate.
The immigration detainer issued against the suspect earlier this year would have initiated the process of removing him from the U.S. once again.Read more....
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged an immigration detainer against the man arrested by the San Francisco Police Department for Wednesday night’s fatal shooting in the Embarcadero. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases indicate the individual charged in this case has been previously deported five times, most recently in 2009. His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotics charges.
"ICE’s latest encounter with the murder suspect occurred in March when he was remanded to our custody after serving a multi-year federal prison sentence for felony re-entry after deportation. According to DHS databases, ICE turned the individual over to the San Francisco Police Department March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant. 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 places detainers on aliens arrested on criminal charges to ensure dangerous criminals are not released from prisons or jails into our communities. The agency remains committed to working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners to ensure the public’s safety," ICE said in a statement to Pundit Press.