“A jury of six men and six women found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle in 2015 in a stunning verdict handed down Thursday afternoon. It convicted him of the lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, though it is not clear he will spend any time in prison.
As the nation absorbs the verdict, one fact remains true: were San Francisco not a “sanctuary city,” Kate Steinle would likely still be alive today.
Zarate, originally identified as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, has seven previous felony convictions and has been deported from the United States to his native Mexico five times. When he was first arrested in July 2015, he said specifically that he had come to San Francisco because it was a “sanctuary city,” where local law enforcement would not cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport him from the country. …”
A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Marcus Cicero has already said all there is to say about this.
We’re now a year into the Trump presidency. No personal story on the campaign trail resonated more than that of Kate Steinle. It struck a chord with Americans and propelled Trump through the primaries and into the White House. And yet, the Republican Senate is sitting on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. The bills only have a 36% chance of passage.
Do you remember the campaign? The thousands of people all over the country who came to the Trump rallies and screamed “Build the Wall.” Trump saying “the wall just got 10 feet higher.” The Angel Moms who joined Trump on stage. Kate and Jamiel who we came to know on a first name basis. Kate Steinle was important enough that she was mentioned by name in Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention and in his big immigration speech last August:
“On my first day in office I am also going to ask Congress to pass Kate’s Law, named for Kate Steinle…
… to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong mandatory minimum sentences. Strong.
And then we get them out. …”
Poor Kate. Jose Zarate walked free.
Meanwhile, the Republican Senate has buried itself in the work of passing a massive corporate tax cut and is planning on a legislative fix to save Obama’s DACA amnesty. It is a stark reminder of how far we have drifted from the campaign and returned to business as usual in Washington.