Slay­ing sus­pect de­ported by judge six years ago

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SAN FRAN­CISCO | The sus­pect in last week’s slay­ings of five peo­ple in San Fran­cisco had been or­dered to be de­ported by an im­mi­gra­tion judge six years ago, af­ter he served a prison sen­tence for armed rob­bery, fed­eral of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

But they said he re­mained in the U.S. be­cause the Viet­namese gov­ern­ment de­clined to pro­vide the travel doc­u­ments that im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties needed to process his re­moval.

Sus­pect Binh Thai Luc, 35, a Viet­namese cit­i­zen, was con­tacted by ICE agents while he was serv­ing his sen­tence for rob­bery and as­sault with a deadly weapon at San Quentin State Prison.

Af­ter he was or­dered to be de­ported, the agency sought the of­fi­cial doc­u­ments it needed to re­turn him to Viet­nam, but never got them, said Gil­lian Chris­tensen, ICE’S deputy press sec­re­tary.

U.S. law es­tab­lishes that all aliens who face a de­por­ta­tion or­der can’t be held for more than 180 days. Af­ter that, if they can’t be re­moved from the coun­try within the rea­son­ably fore­see­able fu­ture, ICE has to re­lease them, she said.

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