On a sunny day in San Francisco, Kate Steinle was walking along Pier 14 with her father, enjoying a moment together after Kate moved to San Francisco to be with the love of her life.
Little did they both know that peaceful day would end in tragedy, at the hands of an illegal immigrant no less.
San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies took a young woman’s life, and in an outrageous verdict, the immigrant responsible just walked free.
A jury of six men and six women found Jose Garcia Zarate not guilty of killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle.
In an infuriating verdict, the jury convicted him only of being a felon in possession of an illegal firearm–though he may not even serve prison time.
Prior to Steinle’s death, Jose Zarate had been convicted of seven felonies and deported from the country several times before.
As the nation remains in shock from the unjust verdict, one thing remains true: Kate Steinle would likely be alive if San Francisco was not an unlawful sanctuary city.
Breitbart News reported:
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.
As ICE told Breitbart News at the time, Zarate had been held by local authorities in San Francisco in March 2015 on an outstanding drug warrant. ICE filed a detainer request, asking to be notified before his release. But because of San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, local law enforcement did not cooperate with ICE, and Zarate was released in April 2015. He was not supposed to be in the country at all, but was walking around freely in San Francisco.
The prosecution argued that Zarate had deliberately fired the shot that killed Steinle. The defense argued that the shot had been inadvertent and that the gun — which had been stolen some time before from the car of a Bureau of Land Management ranger — was prone to accidental discharges. Zarate had initially told police that he had shot the gun deliberately, though it was not clear he understood their questions. The jury felt there was reasonable doubt.
But regardless, if he had not been in the country, the weapon would never have been in his hands and the bullet would never have killed Steinle as she walked on Pier 14 with her father. San Francisco voters understood that, tossing out Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi in the next local election. But his replacement, Vicki Hennessy, also supports sanctuary city policies. And as of last month, Democrats have turned all of California into a “sanctuary state.”
Zarate will be sentenced for the weapons charge. But the longest sentence he can receive is three years. And the time he has spent in jail thus far will likely count against his sentence. He will be released soon — perhaps even immediately. And it is quite possible, with San Francisco and California still refusing to cooperate with ICE, that he could be out on the street once again. And even if deported, he certainly knows how to sneak back in the country.
The fact that an unlawful immigrant will receive only a maximum of three years in jail for murdering an innocent woman is enraging enough, but the lack of justice carried out for young Kate Steinle is heartbreaking.
Her death had a profound effect during the 2016 election, and Donald Trump remains steadfast in protecting others from immigrant violence by taking up the cause of America’s bereaved by illegal immigrants.
Protecting American citizens is what put President Trump in the White House, and the lack of justice seen in this case supports that mandate.
The American justice system just failed Kate Steinle, but President Trump has promised to protect Americans from illegal alien harm — and has already initiated change within the ICE Department to do so.
Our thoughts are with Kate’s family during this time.
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