(NewsGlobal.com)- Immigration authorities have confirmed that the person who attacked Paul Pelosi is an illegal immigrant, and after federal and state criminal proceedings are finished, they may be deported.
David DePape, 42, is an undocumented immigrant from Canada, according to a statement sent by the Department of Homeland Security to the Washington Post on Wednesday.
According to the email from DHS officials, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Canadian national David DePape with San Francisco County Jail on November 1 following his arrest on October 28.
ICE, a division of DHS, sends detainers to regional and state law enforcement, requesting that they inform the organization when they intend to release a person who may be deported. The Washington Post reports that although this is a civil hearing, typically after criminal proceedings are concluded, immigrants may still be imprisoned after posting bail.
According to federal records, DePape legally entered the country from Mexico in March 2008. According to DHS, he was allowed entry as a transient visitor traveling for fun, typically permitting a stay of six months. The department did not specify when the temporary visitor permit to stay expired.
For his attack on Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DePape is being prosecuted for both federal and state crimes (D-CA). Several state felonies, including attempted murder, domestic burglary, assault with a lethal weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of age, and threats to a public authority, are among the many offenses for which he is accused.
He appeared in court on Tuesday and entered a not-guilty plea.
Federal prosecutors also accused DePape of assaulting a member of a U.S. official’s direct family and one count of attempting to kidnap a U.S. official.
Court records reveal that on October 28, DePape stormed into the Pelosi home in San Francisco to tie her up while yelling, “Where is Nancy?”
When the police came, DePape and Pelosi were arguing over a hammer. DePape succeeded in hitting Pelosi in the head, and he later sought care for a “skull fracture and major injuries to his right arm and hands” at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according to a representative for the speaker.
On Monday, Nancy Pelosi remarked, “Paul is making steady progress on what will be a long healing process.”