Only in our dystopian remnant of America can an illegal alien come here after being deported several times, snuff out the life of a young woman, and walk away scot-free. We are strangers in our own land of illegal alien supremacism and nobody in the political class wants to hear our side of the issue.
Late Thursday evening, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Garcia Zarate — an illegal alien from Mexico — of all murder charges, including manslaughter, for the death of Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015.
The 32-year-old woman was killed when Zarate decided to pick up a 40-caliber SIG Sauer he claims to have found on a pier bench and randomly fired it into her back. She died in her father’s arms.
This is not a random story. Sadly, there are well over a million criminal aliens in this country who are roaming the streets. Zarate was deported five times previously and racked up seven felony convictions in America, but was allowed to roam our streets and “accidentally” fire a gun because of sanctuary cities like San Francisco.
Many commentators will focus on the absurdity of the jury’s decision; there is certainly a lot to say about the jury pool in places like San Francisco. One has to wonder if we are entering an era reminiscent of the Jim Crow South, where in certain jurisdictions we can’t get justice if the perpetrator is of the right ilk, in this case being an illegal alien.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions already announced that DOJ might bring a federal lawsuit against Zarate. He is right to pursue federal charges because even if one believes the discharge was accidental, it is still a felony for an illegal alien to be in possession of a firearm, not to mention reentering the country illegally four times.
But the bigger issue here is not an individual trial or a jury pool but the broader questions of sanctuary cities, border security, and interior enforcement.
The Steinle killer was the poster child for sanctuary cities, because less than three months before the shooting Zarate was released by San Francisco Police after being arrested on drug charges.
Federal immigration officials had requested that he be detained for 48 hours so they can pick him up and deport him, but the neo-confederates of San Francisco took their nullification policies to such an extreme that even someone with the rap sheet of Zarate was set free.
This is part of a broader pattern. A few months ago, two illegal aliens stole a gun from a San Francisco cop and allegedly murdered someone with it. They had previously been arrested for other crimes but were released in defiance of an ICE detainer request. One of the suspects came here through the asylum loophole the politicians refuse to close.
And now judges, including federal judges in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago, are declaring sanctuary policies and prohibiting states from cooperating with ICE or creating an entitlement for sanctuary cities to obtain federal funds and even for sanctuary cities to obtain state funds.
It was so bad that the plaintiff in the Massachusetts case that served as the impetus for their sanctuary policies was later re-arrested for slapping and robbing a wheelchair-bound woman leaving a bank. A 2014 analysis from ICE of sanctuary cities found that 8,145 individuals were released during a nine-month period and 1,867 were subsequently re-arrested a total of 4,298 times on nearly 7,500 criminal charges.
Overall, nearly one million have already received final deportation orders, and these are, for the most part, criminal aliens. Yet only a small percentage of this pool of illegals are deported in a given year. When will either party treat this issue like the emergency that it is?
We have a lot of violence in this country, but there are limits to what we can do about our inherent domestic problems. We don’t need to import the violent criminals of other countries. They should be deported immediately, and this should not be a partisan issue. While any murder is senseless, the death of Kate Steinle is even more tragic because Zarate should never have been in the country in the first place.
DACA is the cause, not the solution, to the violence
Appallingly, even some of the “conservatives” in Washington won’t stop talking about a “DACA fix” for “Dreamers.” What about a sanctuary fix in the budget? What about an asylum fix? What about a border surge fix?
Obama’s amnesty is exactly what broke the system and has led to a surge in criminal alien killings in this country. Over the past three years, 22 percent of all those arrested for involvement with MS-13 were Central American “children” who crossed the border.
This is the legacy of the DACA amnesty and yet the politicians have the temerity to talk about amnesty as a “fix.” A fix to what? Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., should hang their heads in shame for marshaling their respective state’s resources to focus on lawbreaking rather than representing their constituents.
It’s time to go on offense — President Trump and the Freedom Caucus should demand five particular things in addition to the border wall.
1. A denial of federal grant funds to sanctuary cities to be placed in the budget bill this month. Also, the defund effort should include transportation funds because California has granted 800,000 driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
2. There’s an epidemic of illegal alien drunk-driving fatalities, and while states can do what they want with driver’s licenses (except for when they don’t want to issue them to illegals and courts mandate it), they should also face consequences when it comes to federal funds. Let Democrats risk a shutdown in order to protect criminal aliens and lawless jurisdictions.
3. Passage of the Davis-Oliver interior enforcement act, which punishes sanctuary cities, deputizes states to enforce immigration laws, and bolsters expedited deportations. Why has leadership held this bill up from a floor vote for three years after passing committee twice?
4. Finally end the practice of dumping Central American unaccompanied children (UACs), many of whom are extremely violent, into our communities.
As we’ve noted before, almost none of them fit the statutory description of “severely trafficked” victims who are entitled to refugee resettlement. In fact, most are smuggled in by their families and many, as stated above, have ties to MS-13.
Fox News reports that thousands of UACs have been dumped into their schools and local officials say their schools have now become breeding grounds for gang activity. So much for being victims. The victims here are our own communities, not criminal aliens.
5. Trump should order his IRS to stop giving refundable tax credits to illegal aliens.
And when, oh when, will Congress and Trump wake about regarding the stolen sovereignty from the courts? Congress could take immigration away from the lower courts in a heartbeat.
Trump’s tweets regarding Steinle were on message, but now is the time to see whether he is indeed serious about putting Americans first in practice. It’s time for an American DACA –Deferred Action from Criminal Aliens.
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Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.