California Senator Proposes Immigration Holds on Felons in Country Illegally

Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015

Outraged by the recent killings of two California women allegedly by immigrants in the country illegally, a state lawmaker has proposed legislation to require law enforcement agencies to notify immigration officials of the pending release of any convicted felon improperly in the U.S.

Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Murrieta) said Thursday he would introduce the bill in response to the recent slayings of Marilyn Pharis, 64, in Santa Maria and Kathryn Steinle, 32, in San Francisco.

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Stone’s bill would require notification of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and holding of the convicted felon for an additional 48 hours to allow ICE officials to determine whether federal prosecution or deportation is warranted.

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