The game of hot potato, that is.
Since Donald Trump elevated what would have ordinarily been just another violent crime on the part of a multiple times “deported” illegal alien that the media stuffed down the rabbit hole out of the rabbit hole and into the forefront of public consciousness, everyone with any semblance of relevant power and responsibility is trying to pass the hot potato.
ICE blamed SFSD for not following through on ICE’s own detainer, but the cynic in me thinks that ICE deliberately transferred him to San Francisco jurisdiction because they knew SF doesn’t adhere to ICE detainers (“sanctuary city”), strangely with no worries about preempting Federal jurisdiction, and no worries that the Feds will thump them for that. I think ICE wanted to spring him loose, but didn’t want to do it themselves, so they found a pretense, a minor drug warrant out of a known sanctuary city, to move him to that sanctuary city who would then release him, so that if he did anything wrong after that, which he did, it would be the fault of the sanctuary city and not ICE.
Today, SFSD is blaming ICE because they’re not doing their job. In this instance, that’s wrong, because ICE did issue a detainer. But in the general sense of the thing, ICE isn’t doing its job, because both it and its predecessor agency, the INS, have had as its ultimate bosses blatantly open borders Presidents since January 20, 1989. For example, if the SFPD arrested Sanchez on the piddly dope charge and brought him to the San Francisco Jail, and even if SF wasn’t a sanctuary city, the SFSD would have checked his immigration status, found out that he was an illegal alien, called ICE, and the odds would have been close to 100% that ICE would have told the SFSD that they weren’t interested in him. SF would have then processed him on the dope charge, which probably would have been nothing more than a recognizance bond, he walks out of jail, and then murders Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14.
In reality, there’s enough fault to go around between both San Francisco and the Feds.