The Canadian, who is accused of breaking into the home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco and attacking her husband with a hammer, should have been tagged by immigration officials and blocked from returning to the US after he before had exceeded its authorized entry for more than two decades, a federal official said Thursday.
David DePape, 42, entered the United States legally in 2000 and later left and returned a number of times, including entering the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego in March 2008, a US official said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
Most Canadians do not need a visa to enter the US as tourists and can stay for up to six months. The official said it was unclear why US authorities let DePape in after he overstepped his entry in 2000.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to questions about DePape’s entry into the United States after he violated immigration laws. It confirmed in a statement that DePape was allowed to enter San Diego from Tijuana on March 8, 2008, but did not address other entries.
San Francisco police said DePape confronted Paul Pelosi on Oct. 28 at the family’s Pacific Heights home and demanded to know where the Speaker of the House of Representatives was. DePape pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was being held without bail. His public defender Adam Lipson said he was looking forward to providing him with a “vigorous legal defence”.
DePape faces state charges for attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse. He also faces federal charges, including attempting to kidnap a US official. His state case will continue Friday, although the defendant will not appear in the courtroom. An indictment on federal charges is not scheduled.
In the state court filing, prosecutors described the attack in harsh terms, saying Paul Pelosi, 82, was knocked unconscious by the hammer attack and woke up in a pool of his own blood.
Two officers who ran to the home after Paul Pelosi called 911 saw DePape hit him with the hammer at least once, hitting him in the head, according to court documents. Officials said the attack was caught on officers’ body cameras.
DePape was raised in Powell River, British Columbia, but moved to California to be with a girlfriend, stepdad Gene DePape told The Associated Press last week. He has three children with two wives, he said. Gene DePape said the suspect lived with him in Canada until he was 14 and was a quiet boy.
DePape’s ex-girlfriend, Bay Area naturist activist Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, told the San Francisco Chronicle that she met DePape in Hawaii in 2000. The couple lived in Berkeley and had two children during their 15-year relationship.
U.S. officials have long struggled to quantify — let alone track down — people entering the country legally and overstaying visas, which are thought to make up about 40% of the country’s illegally resident population.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s most recent annual report, from October 2019 through September 2020, there were 684,499 visa overruns among visitors who arrived by air or sea — more than the population of Vermont or Wyoming. The total number of overstays is much larger, but has not been quantified because it does not take into account how many people arrive by land, the primary route for Canadians and Mexicans to enter the United States.
The costs and technological hurdles to developing a point-of-sale system at congested land crossings with Canada and Mexico are enormous. In the 12 months ended September 2020, more than 52,000 Canadians who entered the United States by air or sea had overstayed their legal entry permit.
Despite the challenges, the US official said DePape’s overstay should have been noted on immigration records, which theoretically should have prevented authorities from accepting him.
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