On Wednesday 20 March, a meeting was held in San Jose regarding the brutal killing of 59-year-old Bambi Larson. The death of the woman alleged to be from an undocumented immigrant has led to controversies in the neighborhood about immigration policies in the country.
Flowers and candles were brought in honor of the deceased and a minute silence was also observed for her.
On 28 February, Larson was stabbed to death in her San Jose home. El Salvadoran Carlos Arevalo Carranza, 24, was after that arrested by police for the murder.
San Jose residents said the transient and undocumented immigrant who has a criminal record should not have been allowed to be on the street.
According to police, Arevalo Carranza was seeing, from neighbor's surveillance, stalking Larson on the night of the crime.
Unanswered Detention request
On nine different occasions, local law enforcement was asked to detain the accused by US immigration authorities
, but none was honored.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo expressed his frustration about the situation which he said it is something that has been talked about for years. He criticized the county for ignoring the request by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
to detain the accused.
In response, the county said ICE did not obtain a warrant to the effect, but the mayor is not impressed. He said no warrant is required, calling the idea that a warrant is needed diversionary and misleading.
The mayor, therefore, revealed that he is working with officials of the county in order to achieve a policy change that will see the county notify immigration authorities as soon as violent criminals are released from jail.
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