In San Francisco killing, both sides of immigration debate agree: System needs immediate change
Experts on opposite sides of the immigration debate generally agree on one thing dealing with the tragic death of a San Francisco woman in recent days at the hands of an undocumented immigrant with a long criminal history – many government agencies failed, allowing the alleged killer to roam U.S. streets.
The agencies have engaged in finger-pointing, with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement blaming San Francisco officials for not honoring a federal request, known as a “detainer,” to keep Francisco Sanchez in custody.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office’s decision, saying ICE should have issued an arrest warrant.
“The failures, they were everywhere, at every level of government,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington D. C.-based group that pushes for strict enforcement. “At the federal level, you have policies that encourage illegal immigration, despite this administration’s claims that it has the border under control.”