DOJ Might Hit Acquitted Illegal Immigrant with Federal Charges

The Justice Department is considering filing federal charges against the undocumented Mexican immigrant who was acquitted in the shooting death of Kate Steinle, according to Fox News. The news comes as President Trump railed against the California jury’s Thursday verdict, which found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder, manslaughter and assault with a firearm. He was only convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The 45-year-old, who had already been deported to Mexico five times, had been held on an old marijuana charge when he was sprung by authorities before the slaying, despite a sixth deportation order.

The undocumented felon could spend three years in the slammer for the firearm charge but has already been behind bars for more than two years as the case wended its way through court. Trump blasted the verdict “disgraceful” and used the case to rally support for his long-promised border wall. Late Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions also assailed the verdict.


Immigration Anger Builds Against San Francisco After Acquittal

City officials pushed back and vowed to stand behind the sanctuary city policy. That led Garcia Zarate, charged with killing a woman on a popular pier, to be released from San Francisco’s jail despite a federal request to detain him for deportation several weeks before Kate Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015. He had been deported five times before.

President Donald Trump called the verdict a “complete travesty of justice,” and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanded cities like San Francisco scrap immigration policies barring cooperation with federal deportation efforts.

San Francisco was among the first U.S. cities to establish a sanctuary law in 1989 as part of a national wave of cities adopting policies to help Central American refugees. Since then, San Francisco has consistently been an early adopter of some of the most immigrant-friendly policies nationwide, expanding protections to residents living in the country without documentation. Hundreds of cities have similar policies, which Trump, Sessions and others blame for Steinle’s death.


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Under a sanctuary city law, San Francisco authorities released him from custody three months before the shooting, instead of turning him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The sheriff’s department confirmed Friday that there is a federal criminal warrant signed by a US district judge in 2015 for Garcia Zarate. Once Garcia Zarate is eligible to be released, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department will notify the US Marshals pursuant to the federal criminal warrant, the department said.


Five Locals Among 55 Immigrants Arrested

Federal immigration authorities said five Lower Hudson Valley residents were among the 55 undocumented immigrants detained in a regional sweep this week. The sweep targeted New York City, Westchester and Putnam.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said four individuals from Westchester County and one from Putnam County were taken into custody between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 for a variety of immigration and criminal violations.

ICE said that 42 of the detainees had been held in local jails but released despite requests from the federal agency that they be held. They were later arrested. Ten of the immigrants had previously been removed from the country.


New Jersey Pays Double for Trump’s Immigration Plans

New Jersey would contribute more millions of dollars to pay for the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement priorities if White House budget plans become law, while potentially losing twice as much in taxes paid by immigrants lacking legal status, according to a report released Friday.

The report by Make the Road New Jersey breaks down what the immigration priorities listed in President Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget would cost, claiming New Jersey would contribute $240 million to the estimated $5.6 billion allotted to pay for immigration initiatives.


Trump’s Immigration Policies Will Cost New York Taxpayers $447 Million

President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigrant enforcement policies, including his proposed border wall, will cost New York taxpayers $447 million, and another $240 million to New Jersey taxpayers, according to a report by Make the Road New York and Make the Road New Jersey.

Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 seeks to add $5.6 billion to fund immigration enforcement by enlarging the budgets of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the December report on the cost of Trump’s “deportation budget” prepared by the two chapters of the immigrant advocacy group.

The House Committee on Appropriations has responded to Trump’s proposed budget but the Senate has not, the advocates said.


Red Bank Protesters Want Dream Act for Immigrants, No Border Wall

More than 200 protesters chanted “down with deportation” and held signs supporting immigrants, regardless of their legal status, around 7 p.m. as they made their way from the train station to Riverside Garden Park.

Many were Dreamers, the common nickname for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, and advocates supporting them. Others were Temporary Protected Status holders or immigrants without any legal status. Some were U.S. citizens from other political groups showing solidarity.



A Federal Judge Rejected Trump’s Effort to Delay a Rule That Lets Immigrant Start Up Founders Stay in the US

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind its delay of a rule that allows some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States to grow their companies, court documents show.

Judge James Boasberg of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of a lawsuit, arguing that the Trump administration bypassed proper procedures when it delayed the International Entrepreneur Rule, filed by a U.S. venture capitalist group in September challenging a delay by DHS of the International Entrepreneur Rule.

The rule, proposed by the administration of President Barack Obama, would allow some foreign start-up founders to stay in the United States for up to five years to develop their businesses.