Our country’s immigration problem is one that would be laughable if it weren’t so troubling. And it is no understatement to say that we can blame the surge of criminality committed by illegal immigrants entirely on the Democrats who enable them.
Open borders, programs that allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country, liberal public welfare, and sanctuary cities that abed are all not only a result of Democrat policies, they are actually prime Democrat campaign promises.
In spite of this, it still came as a shock that a jury in the wildly liberal sanctuary city of San Francisco acquitted the killer of Kate Steinle, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
Fox News reports:
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty Thursday of murdering Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco in July 2015 in a case that sparked a heated national debate over illegal immigration and so-called sanctuary cities, and U.S. immigration officials said he will be deported.
Zarate was acquitted of first and second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. He also was found not guilty of assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was found guilty of possessing a firearm by a felon. The jury had deliberated for six days.
Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend in July 2015 when she was shot, collapsing into her father’s arms. Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation.
This is a man who should have been deported who was living freely in a city that welcomed him with open arms and able to obtain a firearm.
And for some insane reason, that was all he was found guilty for, despite shooting and killing a perfectly innocent young woman for seemingly no reason.
This gross oversight was not lost on those who have been working hard to secure our borders and end sanctuary cities.
President Trump, whose top campaign promise was the infamous wall he plans to build and his plans to restrict federal funding to Democrat-run sanctuary cities called the verdict “disgraceful” and “a travesty of justice,” pinpointing exactly why this was so outrageous.
The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who is also quite adamant about stopping the flow of illegal immigration and has been working hard to enact the President’s tough immigration policy, issued this statement:
“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle. While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death-a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer-the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm. The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens. I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers.”
It is absolutely insane that Zarate will not be punished for robbing this young woman of her life on top of remaining in the United States illegally, aided by enthusiastic sanctuary officials who have blood on their hands.
The fact that there are Democrat officials across the country who regularly argue for laws to simply not be enforced, in spite of the damning evidence that such negligence risks the lives of Americans, should frighten you.
This insanity must end now! Pray that our Justice Department will now be emboldened to forge on ahead with a tougher stance on immigration so that no more Americans have to pay for ridiculous Democratic policies with their lives.