Undocumented, habitual offender acquitted of murder of young woman
Last week, an undocumented immigrant who has been deported five times was found ‘not guilty’ for the murder of Kate Steinle. Three months before the shooting, San Francisco authorities released Jose Inez Garcia Zarate from custody instead of turning him over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). San Francisco is one of many sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented, repeat offenders and these cities refuse to cooperate with federal officials to put these criminals behind bars — or even permanently remove them from this country.
ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan added, “San Francisco’s policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of releasing him back onto the streets.”
San Francisco is a sanctuary city, with local law enforcement officials barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding to cities with similar immigration policies, but a federal judge in California permanently blocked his executive order last week.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also released a statement saying that despite California’s attempt at a murder conviction, Zarate was able to walk away with only a firearm possession conviction because he was not turned over by San Francisco to ICE.
If the San Francisco authorities cooperated with ICE and released Zarate into their custody, then Kate would still be alive today. Sanctuary cities put the public at risk and let murderers like Zarate walk away with a slap on the wrist. We need to protect our borders, penalize sanctuary cities that defy federal law and make sure that a tragedy like this doesn’t happen to another person like Kate Steinle.