- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hillary Clinton says San Francisco officials were wrong to release from jail the Mexican national who is now at the center of a national immigration controversy.

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder in last week’s shooting of Kathryn Steinle while she was walking with her father on a popular San Francisco pier.

Sanchez had been deported five times, and immigration officials asked the San Francisco sheriff to keep him in custody after a drug charge was dismissed so they could try to deport him a sixth time.

In an interview with CNN, Clinton said the sheriff ignored “strong evidence” that Sanchez should have been turned over to immigration officials and deported.

The sheriff says a city law required him to release Sanchez after local charges were dropped.

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