Suspect in Paul Pelosi attack was in U.S. illegally, DHS says
Driving the news: "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Canadian national David DePape with San Francisco County Jail, Nov. 1, following his Oct. 28 arrest," DHS said, per CNN.
- DePape, who is accused of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, is a Canadian citizen who entered the U.S. 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 that DHS issues to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to inform them that ICE plans to assume custody of the individual, per the agency.
- "Detainers are critical for ICE to be able to identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens who are currently in federal, state or local custody."
- Canadians who are admitted to the U.S. for business or pleasure are typically allowed to stay for six months, per CNN.
The big picture: DePape this week pleaded not guilty to state charges for the attack, which include attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse.
- He was also charged Monday with assault and attempted kidnapping in violation of federal law, per the Department of Justice.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that DePape reportedly entered the U.S. in March 2008, not March 2022.