Donald Trump and Sarah Sanders both spoke about the travesty of a trial where murderer and illegal alien Garcia Zarate was found ‘not guilty’ in the ‘accidental’ shooting death of Kate Steinle.
Its no surprise that San Francisco would harbor such dangerous individuals, but the truth of the matter is that a border wall and tough immigration policies likely would have kept the repeatedly deported criminal out of our country.
Do you think that sanctuary cities are putting American lives at risk?
So sanctuary policies such as those in San Francisco that ban local police officers from notifying the Department of Homeland Security when they arrest a criminal alien — or release him after he has served his sentence — are plainly illegal. Unfortunately, in keeping with its general non-enforcement policy regarding immigration law, the Obama administration announced in 2010 that it would not sue sanctuary cities for flouting the law.
We know these criminal aliens are victimizing Americans. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office released a study on approximately 250,000 illegal aliens locked up in our federal, state and local prisons. Those prisoners had been arrested nearly 1.7 million times and committed 3 million offenses, averaging about seven arrests and 12 offenses each. Their convictions ran the gamut from drug-dealing and sex crimes to kidnapping and murder.
California, Texas and Arizona, which have large numbers of illegal aliens, have significant problems due to those aliens breaking the law. Indeed, an unreleased internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety indicates that from 2008 to 2014, illegal aliens committed over 600,000 crimes — including nearly 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults — in that state alone. No wonder Texas is leading 26 states in a lawsuit against the federal government that has so far successfully blocked Mr. Obama from implementing his 2014 immigration amnesty plan.
When local jurisdictions protect illegal aliens from law enforcement, they enable them to commit more crimes. Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old resident of San Francisco, would be alive today but for that city’s sanctuary policy. On July 1, she was murdered by an illegal alien who had previously committed seven felonies. The man who shot her in the back, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been released from custody by San Francisco after city officials decided not to prosecute him on a drug charge. They did not hand him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, even though the agency had filed an immigration detainer on him. Lopez-Sanchez stated in an interview that “he knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.”