20 August 2010
Return triggers barbs between officials over immigration

BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

WAYNESBORO -- Two men wanted in a Waynesboro killing rolled back into the city as prisoners Thursday, stirring tensions between City Hall and police over immigration policy.

Some city officials wanted to know why David Luna Sanchez, 21, charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Eduardo “Piku” Herrera, 52, earlier this summer, was still in town at the time.

An illegal immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez pleaded guilty roughly a year ago to beating Herrera with a baseball bat. Abeil Dominquez Vazquez, 18, another suspected illegal immigrant, also is charged in Herrera’s killing.

“We clearly heard from the chief of police that no call was made to ICE,” said City Councilman Mike Harris, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency tasked with enforcing immigration law. “You’re looking at a five- to 10-minute phone call to ICE. My question is, why are we not doing that?”


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