ICE is already on the hunt for the Mexican national who admitted to killing Kate Steinle.
“Following the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country,” ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan said.
Homan was able to use this media opportunity to slam San Francisco for their sanctuary status and refusing to cooperate with ICE prior to Steinle’s death, a move which could’ve saved her life.
“San Francisco’s policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law,” Homan continued. “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.”
Now a federal arrest warrant has been unsealed in the Western District of Texas by the Justice Department on Friday, which accuses Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of violating his supervised release.
Via the Hill: Zarate was released from jail in 2015, despite a federal immigration detainer request. Months after his release, he allegedly shot and killed Steinle on a pier in San Francisco.
Zarate was acquitted on Thursday of murder and manslaughter charges after a weekslong trial. He was convicted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
President Trump seized on Steinle’s killing as a presidential candidate, pointing to it as an example of the need to strengthen immigration laws. He chimed in on the subject after the verdict was announced Thursday night, calling it “disgraceful.”
“No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” Trump tweeted.
The DOJ is considering federal charges on Steinle’s death.
“We’re looking at every option and we will prosecute this to the fullest extent available under the law because these cases are tragic and entirely preventable,” Sarah Isgur Flores, DOJ’s director of public affairs, said.