SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Federal immigration authorities said Friday that they were tracking a young immigrant when San Francisco police allege he shot and killed a popular community activist last month.
Erick Garcia-Pineda, 18, was detained in December and released from custody in April pending deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. An immigration judge required him to wear an ankle monitor and routinely check in with ICE.
Garcia-Pineda failed to show up for his August appointment, ICE spokesman James Schwab said.
San Francisco police say Garcia-Pineda used a gun stolen from an officer’s car to kill Abel Ezquivel, 23, on Aug. 15. He was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges Sept. 3 before investigators say they connected him to the slaying.
ICE says the sheriff’s department ignored a request to block his release from jail that day. San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy bars the sheriff from cooperating with immigration officials unless they are seeking suspects convicted or charged with violent crimes.
It comes amid a national debate over sanctuary city policies that the Trump administration is targeting. It is requiring cities to enforce tough immigration laws to receive some federal grants, which has prompted lawsuits.
Opponents of the laws often cite the 2015 case of a woman killed on a San Francisco pier, which police have blamed on a man in the country illegally after multiple deportations to his native Mexico.
California lawmakers were preparing Friday to vote on so-called sanctuary state legislation that would expand protections for people living in the country…
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