SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
The murder trial of an illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier is inching closer to starting, two years after the shooting set off a fierce immigration debate.
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A judge on Friday ordered Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 54, back to court on July 21.
President Trump and others seized on the shooting to argue for tougher immigration enforcement and for the abolition of so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco, which prohibits its law enforcement officials with cooperating with federal authorities on most deportation matters.
Lopez-Sanchez had been convicted five times of illegal re-entry into the United States when the San Francisco sheriff released him from jail after a minor marijuana charge was dismissed.
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