Last year, as the illegal immigration crisis became national headlines San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi made the announcement that his department would no longer accommodate Immigration and Customs Enforcements illegal alien detention requests.
As a result of Sheriff Mirkarimis policy the San Francisco Sheriffs Department released convicted felon Francisco Sanchez who then in turn was free to murder Kate Steinle.
Kate Steinle was walking along San Franciscos Pier 14 on Wednesday with her father and a friend when a man shot her for no apparent reason. She died at the hospital. This random murder is terrible tragedy, but the story takes a horrific turn.
The man arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle on San Franciscos Pier 14 Wednesday had a rap sheet of seven felonies, was deported five times and in March was released from San Francisco Jail, despite immigration authorities asking that he be held, officials said Friday.
That release was in line with San Francisco Sheriffs Department policies, which say the department will not comply with requested immigration holds based solely on allegations a person is in the country illegally.
On March 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant and requested that they be notified before his release, so federal officers could take him into custody and deport him.
But after the district attorneys office declined to prosecute Sanchez for what authorities said was a decade-old marijuana possession case, sheriffs deputies released Sanchez without notifying immigration authorities, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.