Clinton condemns San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary’ policy

Clinton condemns San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary’ policy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined the growing list of high-profile personalities who have openly condemned San Francisco City's "sanctuary" policy.

In a recent interview, Clinton criticized San Francisco's law enforcement officials, saying they were wrong to ignore an Immigration & Customs Enforcement request to hold Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez for federal authorities.

Lopez-Sanchez, a 45-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, is accused of killing a young woman along a pier in the city last week. He killed Kathryn Steidle, 32, along Pier 14 in the city on Wednesday evening last week while she was strolling with her father.

Less than four months ago the accused man was in a jail. He has a lengthy felony criminal record, has already been deported to Mexico at least five times.

According to federal law, he should have been deported to Mexico immediately after his release from jail but San Francisco's so-called "sanctuary" policy allowed him to remain in the city and out of prison.

Criticizing the city's decision, Clinton said, "The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported. So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on."

Earlier, Sen. Dianne Feinstein condemned San Francisco for releasing Lopez-Sanchez. Feinstein, who served as San Francisco mayor from 1978 to 1988, called on Mayor Ed Lee to start cooperating with federal immigration officials who want to deport felons like Lopez-Sanchez.