David DePape: Immigration officials say Paul Pelosi’s attacker was in the US illegally

David DePape: Immigration officials say Paul Pelosi’s attacker was in the US illegally


David DePapeman accused of violently assaulting Paul Pelosi last week was in the United States illegally and could face deportation, the Department of Homeland Security said late Wednesday.

“US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer, Canadian citizen David DePape, in the San Francisco County Jail on November 1 following his arrest on October 28,” the department said.

ICE issues so-called immigration “detainers” to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to notify them that the agency intends to take custody of an individual and requires that ICE be notified before the person is released.

The detainer is unlikely to affect DePape’s case because deportations often occur after criminal cases are resolved. But after a conviction and prison sentence, the US would usually seek deportation.

According to federal records, DePape, a Canadian citizen, entered the country in early March at the San Ysidro port of entry, located along the California-Mexico border, as a temporary visitor. Generally, Canadians visiting for business or pleasure do not need a visa and are allowed to stay in the US for six months.

DePape, 42, has been charged with a string of crimes, including assault, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, after breaking into Pelosi’s San Francisco home last week, the US attorney’s office and the San Francisco district attorney’s office announced Monday.

He was charged with one count of “attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California. That charge relates to Nancy Pelosi, whom DePape told police he planned to “hold hostage,” according to an FBI affidavit also unsealed Monday.

DePape pleaded not guilty to all state charges during his first court appearance on Tuesday. He has not yet entered a plea in federal court.

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