Department of Justice unsealed an arrest warrant Friday for Jose Inez
Garcia Zarate on Friday, the illegal immigrant acquitted this week in
Kate Steinle’s murder trial.
Zarate was found not guilty of murdering Steinle
on a pier in San Francisco in July 2015. Steinle was walking with her
father and a family friend when she was shot, collapsing into her
Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail
about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal
immigration authorities to detain him for deportation. The case sparked a
national debate over illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.
was acquitted of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary
manslaughter and found not guilty of assault with a semi-automatic
weapon. He was found guilty of posessing a firearm by a felon.
arrest warrant was originally drafted in 2015 and amended this week to
include violations related to the charges of a felon in possession of a
firearm, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon, all
of which were filed after the defendant's initial arrest, according to
Officials at the Department of Justice told Fox
News that there is an existing federal detainer that requires Zarate to
be remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals to be transported to
the Western District of Texas pursuant to the arrest warrant.
After the verdict, U.S. immigration officials announced late Thursday that Zarate would be deported.
the conclusion of this case, ICE will work to take custody of Mr.
Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country," U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
Deputy Director Tom Homan added, "San Francisco's policy of refusing to
honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines
the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San
Francisco had turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of
releasing him back onto the streets."
San Francisco is a sanctuary
city, with local law enforcement officials barred from cooperating with
federal immigration authorities. President Trump has threatened to
withhold federal funding to cities with similar immigration policies,
but a federal judge in California permanently blocked his executive
order last week.
Trump tweeted late Thursday night calling the
Steinle verdict "disgraceful," adding "No wonder the people of our
Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration."
tweeted again early Friday morning saying, "The Kate Steinle killer
came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always
committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in
court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement
saying that despite California's attempt at a murder conviction, Zarate
was able to walk away with only a firearm possession conviction because
he was not turned over by San Francisco to ICE.
jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather
than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the
public's safety at risk," the statement said. "San Francisco's decision
to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking
death of Kate Steinle."
Fox News' Jake Gibson contributed to this report.