Yesterday was a bleak day in the criminal justice system. As a result, many American citizens are feeling much less safe from the dangers of illegal immigration. But President Trump and Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, aren’t scared. They are angry.
On Thursday, a jury of 12 found an illegal immigrant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle. After five days of deliberation, jurors concluded that Steinle’s death was an accident. Only it wasn’t an “accident,” it was both tragic and avoidable.
Zarate, besides being in the country illegally, is a seven-time felon. He has previously been deported from the U.S. five times. Even worse, shortly before he killed Steinle, he was in jail again on marijuana charges.
The Mexico native admitted that he knew he would be safe in a city like San Francisco because of their sanctuary policies. Unfortunately, Steinle and her family didn’t know they would pay the ultimate price for Zarate’s safety.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement knew about Zarate, so they sent a detainer request to the San Francisco Sheriff’s department. However, the agency refused to acknowledge the ICE detainer and Zarate was once again allowed to walk the streets. In a blistering statement, Sessions puts the blame exactly where it belonged.
“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,” he said. “San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
“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,” Sessions added.
Rest assured, they will not heed Sessions’ advice. These officials are fully aware of the dangers and they don’t care. Being politically correct and inclusive is far more important to leftists who support these criminal safe havens.
President Trump echoed those sentiments in his scathing response to the outcome. “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case!” he tweeted. ‘No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”
Both Trump and Sessions’ Justice Department are doing everything possible to stop sanctuary cities. But, judges are blocking their efforts, essentially ruling that the non-existent rights of illegals are more important than those guaranteed to American citizens.
So much for, “liberty and justice for all.”