US immigration officials say they will deport undocumented man found not guilty in Kate Steinle murder

Francisco Sanchez, Jeff Adachi, Diana Garciaor
(Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. immigration officials say they will deport the Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco pier shooting.

On Thursday afternoon, the jury announced they found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle on Pier 14 two years ago.

Here is a statement from ICE before the announcement:

“San Francisco’s policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had simply turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of releasing him back onto the streets. It is unconscionable that politicians across this country continue to endanger the lives of Americans with sanctuary policies while ignoring the harm inflicted on their constituents. Following the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country.” -Tom Homan, ICE Deputy Director.

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