The suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi was in the US illegally, DHS says

The suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi was in the US illegally, DHS says

Police filming outside the Pelosi residence after the attack

Police at the Pelosis home after Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer on October 28 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Man charged with assault House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s the husband was in the US illegally, the Department of Homeland Security said, reports CNN reports.

Driving news: “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged Canadian citizen David DePape in immigration detainer in the San Francisco County Jail on November 1 following his arrest on October 28,” DHS said, according to CNN.

  • DePape, who is accused of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, is a Canadian citizen who entered the US on March 8, 2008 through the California-Mexico border. The Washington Post reports.
  • DHS did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

between the lines: An immigration detainer is a notice issued by DHS to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to notify them that ICE plans to take custody of a person, according to agency.

  • “Detainers are critical to ICE being able to identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens currently in federal, state or local custody.”
  • Canadians admitted to the U.S. for work or pleasure are usually allowed to stay for six months, according to CNN.

Big picture: DePape he pleaded not guilty this week list charges of assault, which include attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse.

Go deeper… Pelosi says she and her family are “heartbroken” by the attack on Paul Pelosi

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that DePape allegedly entered the US in March 2008, not March 2022.

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