San Francisco moves to cancel sanctuary policy

San Francisco moves to cancel sanctuary policy
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San Francisco moved this week to try to cancel its sanctuary policy that protected an illegal immigrant murder suspect, but Congress pressed ahead nonetheless with legislation aimed at punishing the California city and any others who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

House Republicans set up a Thursday debate on a bill that would withhold federal law enforcement grants from jurisdictions that shield illegal immigrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), turning back Democrats’ pleas for more time and more hearings on the issue.

The issue has taken off since the July 1 murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle as she walked on San Francisco’s Pier 14 with her father. The man accused of her killing was an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record who had been deported five times before and was wanted by ICE officials again, but who was released by San Francisco’s sheriff’s department anyway.

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