Paul Pelosi, the spouse of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was allegedly attacked by an illegal immigrant, who may now face deportation to Canada.
David DePape is accused of hitting Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer after breaking into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home on Friday. According to The Washington Post, Pelosi is recovering after operation for a fractured skull and other ailments.
After being detained, DePape was charged with assault, attempted kidnapping, and attempted murder.
Since then, it has come to light that DePape, 42, has been residing unlawfully in the country. Based on data from the Department of Homeland Security, The Post claimed that immigration officials may now be attempting to deport him.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Canadian national David DePape with San Francisco County Jail, Nov. 1, following his Oct. 28 arrest,” according to a DHS email obtained by the Post.
According to CNN, when ICE plans to detain an illegal immigrant who has been detained, the agency makes a detainer request asking local law enforcement to alert ICE before releasing the individual.
“The detainer is unlikely to affect DePape’s case since deportations often happen after criminal cases are resolved. But after conviction and prison sentence, the US normally would seek deportation,” the site stated.
Records of his admission show that DePape has been living unlawfully in the United States for more than ten years.
DePape did grow up in Powell River, British Columbia, according to his family members, Global News said.
According to the Post, DePape legitimately entered the country in March 2008 through the San Ysidro port of entry on the border between Tijuana and San Diego County.
If they are traveling to the United States for enjoyment and do not require a formal visa, Canadians are often permitted to stay there for up to six months.
If DePape had a visa is unknown. But it appears that he extended his stay by nearly 13 years.
But California is a “sanctuary state” for undocumented residents.
“Current law, known as the California Values Act, prevents law enforcement agencies [from notifying] federal authorities about the release of an undocumented immigrant from jail,” according to a report by KCRA-TV in April.
This would inevitably make ICE’s efforts to hold DePape more difficult, but as the Post pointed out, the California statute has exclusions depending on a person’s criminal history.
The Post also stated that Canadian officials are cooperating with other officials and are aware of the situation.
DePape remains in police detention. He entered a not guilty plea to the state counts he is facing on Tuesday, according to CNN.
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