Illegal Alien, Deported 5 Times, Murders San Francisco Woman

They say that despite the order from ICE, they had no "legal basis"(!) to hold him:

A lawyer for San Francisco's sheriff's office says it had no authority to honor an immigration detainer on a suspect in the shooting death of a woman at a popular tourist destination.

Francisco Sanchez has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday. He was arrested about an hour after Wednesday's seemingly random slaying of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 — one of the busiest attractions in the city.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had turned Sanchez over to San Francisco police March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant, said agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

Kice said ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March. She said the detainer was not honored.

Freya Horne, counsel for the sheriff's office, said Friday that federal detention orders are not a "legal basis" to hold someone, so Sanchez was released April 15. San Francisco is a sanctuary city and local money cannot be spent to cooperate with federal immigration law.

The city does not turn over people who are in the country illegally unless there's an active warrant for their arrest, she said. Horne said they checked and found none. ICE could have issued an active warrant if they wanted the city to keep him, she said.

"It's not legal to hold someone on a request to detain. This is not just us. This is a widely adopted position," she said.

It is a "widely adopted position" in Sanctuary Cities to tell the feds to go to hell and leave the poor, murdering illegal aliens alone.

We will be instructed by our betters on the left that this is an isolated incident, and that we don't need more enforcement -- we need more compassion. Thanks, but I will save my compassion for a father forced to watch his daughter die at the hands of someone who should never have been in the U.S. in the first place.