Where Sanctuary Trumps the Law

The man arrested for killing Kathryn Steinle, who was out for a stroll with her father along Pier 14 in San Francisco, is an illegal alien from Mexico who had been deported five times. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Francisco Sanchez was arrested and has admitted to the woman’s murder.

ICE records show Sanchez, whose from Mexico, has been deported five times. San Francisco had him in custody earlier this year but didn’t notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they released him.

“(Department of Homeland Security) records indicate ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the subject at that time, requesting notification prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody. The detainer was not honored,” the agency said in a statement.

“His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotics charges,” their statement continued.

ICE had him in their custody briefly in March after he served his latest sentence for “felony re-entry,” but then turned him over to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding drug warrant. At the time ICE asking that Sanchez be returned to ICE once the city was done with him.

Unfortunately they didn’t, because in 2013, city officials voted to give San Francisco sanctuary city status. The Federation for American Immigration Reform says sanctuary cities have policies in place to “bar any local official, including law enforcement officials, from asking people about their immigration status, reporting them to federal immigration authorities, or otherwise cooperating with or assisting federal immigration authorities.”

Meanwhile Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump stood by his statement that many illegals from Mexico are criminals.
“And if you talk about it, it’s racist,” Trump said.

Trump first made his remarks during his June 16 presidential announcement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best…They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…”

Since then, NBCUniversal, Univision, Macy’s, Serta, New York City and NASCAR among others are cutting ties with Trump. For his part, Trump is suing Univision for $500 million citing breach of contract and planning to take legal action against NBC for the same reason.

Meanwhile, the WaPo ran a headline the day after Steinle was killed, proclaiming, “Surprise! Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants and crime.”

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