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After San Jose Murder, Officials Look at Strengthening Immigration Policies 

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San Jose CA criminal defense for immigrants attorneyImmigration is a hot topic across the country. While people who are “pro-wall” insist immigration laws need strengthening, activists are concerned the current administration’s policies go too far. California is one of several states that has defied recent trends regarding the capture, detainment, and deportation of people here illegally, making it one of the most well known and controversial so-called sanctuary states. However, in San Jose these policies have been under fire in the aftermath of a brutal murder allegedly committed by an undocumented homeless man. This crime and the fact that the suspect has had numerous criminal charges filed against him are causing officials to question how these types of cases are handled.  

Undocumented Homeless Man Suspect In San Jose Murder 

The brutal murder of a 59-year-old woman came as a shock to everyone who knew her in the quiet residential community where she lived. Her body was found in her home after she failed to report to work. She was pronounced dead at the scene, with numerous stab wounds to her neck and chest. 

Over the course of the police investigation, closed circuit video and other evidence was obtained, which pointed to a suspect. The suspect, a 24-year-old homeless man originally from El Salvador, is a self-confessed gang member and has been in trouble with the law numerous times, with 10 separate convictions on charges ranging from drug possession to assaulting a police officer.  

Murder Prompts Tougher Stance on Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Pasts

When an undocumented immigrant is charged with a crime, it is reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who then issue a detainer. This authorizes police to hold the suspect an additional 48 hours, while ICE determines what actions to take. Nine different detainers were issued against the suspect, but police did not comply as it is a violation of sanctuary city laws. 

San Jose officials are now reviewing these policies. While there may not be a way for them to cooperate with ICE detainment and deportation procedures, they insist that communities need protection. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is pushing Santa Clara County to provide notice when undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of felony crimes are about to be released back into the community. Unfortunately, this could make reformed felons targets while being the first in a series of moves that eventually put the rights of both documented and undocumented immigrants in jeopardy. 

Let Our Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorneys Assist You 

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we know that in criminal matters involving immigrants, there is often a rush to judgment. To protect your rights in these cases, you need a strong criminal defense attorney on your side. Request a free consultation to get our team on your side and call 408-246-5500 or contact our dedicated San Jose, CA criminal attorneys online today. 

Source:

https://patch.com/california/campbell/brutal-murder-prompts-sj-mayor-ask-ice-holds-felons

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/24-year-old-man-arrested-after-fatal-stabbing-of-13681784.php

 

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