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Parents Of Woman Shot At Pier Back Strict Immigration Law

Beck Diefenbach / AP

Flowers and a candle lay on the ground following a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco.

Beck Diefenbach / AP

(AP) - The parents of Kathryn Steinle have said in an interview with Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly that they support a proposal to give mandatory prison time to deported people who come back.

Steinle was walking along a waterfront in San Francisco when she was shot by a gun allegedly fired by Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez.

Sanchez, who has pleaded not guilty, was in the country illegally and had been released from jail months before the shooting, despite a federal immigration order asking local authorities to hold him.

O'Reilly and other proponents of strict immigration laws have seized upon the death as a symbol of Democrats' wrong-headed policies on immigration.

Liz Sullivan and Jim Steinle's interview is scheduled to air tonight on The O'Reilly Factor.