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Sacramento County church gunman who killed 3 daughters was in US illegally

The gunman who killed his three daughters, an escort who oversaw his visit with children and himself to a Sacramento county church this week, was in the United States illegally, immigration officials said Friday. David Mora Rojas, 39, retained his visa after entering California from his home country of Mexico on December 17, 2018, on a nonimmigrant visitor visa, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Alethea Smock told the Associated Press. . | MORE Shots fired at Sacramento church: What we know about gunman and victims He did not say when his visa expired. However, because he remained on his visa, ICE asked to be notified when he was released from prison last week after he was arrested in Merced County for assaulting a California Highway Patrol officer. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office told the AP that under California’s so-called state shelter, it does not notify immigration officials of detainees being released, and the ICE was never notified. The 2017 state law restricts the cooperation of local law enforcement authorities with federal officials except in cases where immigrants are accused of very serious crimes. Shots fired at a church in Sacramento County on Monday during a weekly surveillance visit by Mora Rochas with his daughters, ages 13, 10 and 9. one possible reason: Mora may have feared that he would be deported and separated from his children. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Scott Jones, has revealed a few details so far, such as when and how Mora Rojas acquired a gun and what type of gun he had. The agency had no immediate comment on Friday. Mora Rochas was arrested on February 23 on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and driving under the influence. Five days later he opened fire inside the Church in Sacramento. The weekly visit was allowed under a five-year curfew imposed by Mora Rocha’s ex-girlfriend, who was the girls’ mother. The order stated that he had repeatedly threatened to kill her, scared their girls and said he would commit suicide. In response to a court order for the order, Mora Rojas said he had no weapons. The ex-girlfriend also told him that she did not know he had guns. It is unclear whether Mora Rojas, also known as David Fidel Mora Rojas, faced significant deportation despite the interest of immigration officials following his arrest. Although ICE had requested notification of Mora Roja’s release, immigration officials did not take any additional action to release him after he was released on bail. Under Democratic President Joe Biden, immigration officials have made it a priority to deport people they consider to pose a threat to public or national security or who have recently crossed the border. This is a departure from the Trump administration, which was looking for anyone in the country illegally deported .___ Dazio reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Elliott Spagat contributed from San Diego.

The gunman who killed his three daughters, an escort overseeing his visit with children and himself to a Sacramento county church this week, was in the United States illegally, immigration officials said Friday.

David Mora Rojas, 39, remained on his visa after entering California from his home country of Mexico on December 17, 2018, on a nonimmigrant visitor visa, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Alethea Smok told the Associated Press.

| MORE Shots fired at Sacramento church: What we know about gunmen and casualties

He did not say when his visa expired. But as his visa remained, the ICE sought notification when he was released last week after being arrested in Merced County for assaulting a California Highway Patrol officer.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office told the AP that under so-called California Sanctuary State law, it does not notify immigration officials of inmates being released and ICE was never notified. The state law of 2017 restricts the cooperation of local law enforcement authorities with federal officials, except in cases where immigrants are accused of very serious crimes.

The shots were fired at a church in Sacramento County on Monday during a weekly visit by Mora Rochas with his daughters, ages 13, 10 and 9. Police have not revealed any motive, but confirmation that he was in the country illegally provides a possible reason: Mora may have feared he would be deported and separated from his children.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has revealed a few details so far, including when and how Mora Rojas acquired a gun and the type of firearm he had. The agency had no immediate comment on Friday.

Mora Rojas was arrested on February 23 on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and driving under the influence. Five days later he opened fire inside the Church in Sacramento.

The weekly visit was allowed under a five-year ban imposed on Mora Rojas’s ex-girlfriend, who was the girls’ mother. The order stated that he had repeatedly threatened to kill her, scared their girls and said he would commit suicide.

In response to a court order for the order, Mora Rojas said he had no weapons. The ex-girlfriend also told him that she did not know he had guns.

It is unclear whether Mora Rojas, also known as David Fidel Mora Rojas, faced significant deportation despite the interest of immigration officials following his arrest. Although ICE had requested notification of Mora Roja’s release, immigration officials did not take any additional action to release him after he was released on bail.

Under Democratic President Joe Biden, immigration officials have made it a priority to deport people they consider to pose a threat to public or national security or who have recently crossed the border. This is a departure from the Trump administration, which has been looking for anyone in the country illegally deported.

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Dazio reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Elliott Spagat contributed from San Diego.

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