David DePape, the man accused of violently assaulting Paul Pelosi last week, was in the United States illegally and could be deported, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed an immigration officer on Canadian national David DePape at the San Francisco County Jail on November 1 following his October 28 arrest,” it said. the Department.
ICE issues so-called immigration “detainees” to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to notify them that the agency intends to take custody of an individual and requests that ICE is informed before this individual is released.
The inmate is unlikely to affect DePape’s case, as deportations often occur after criminal cases are resolved. But after conviction and jail time, the United States would normally seek deportation.
According to federal records, DePape, a Canadian citizen, entered the country in early March at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which sits along the California-Mexico border, as a temporary visitor. Generally, Canadians visiting for business or pleasure do not need a visa and are permitted to stay in the United States for six months.
DePape, 42, has been charged with a litany of crimes, including assault, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, following last week’s break-in at Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco District Attorney 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 on Monday.
DePape pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to all charges against the state during his initial court appearance. He has yet to appear in federal court.
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