Separate recent incidents involving illegal immigrants who had been previously deported are fueling the larger debate, most recently sparked by republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s highly insensitive comments in his announcement speech.
A six-time-deported illegal immigrant is charged in the felony hit-and-run of an Arizona mother and her two young children. The man allegedly admitted to being high on marijuana while causing the severe lacerations to a five-year-old boy. The five-year-old and a two-year-old were both taken to an area hospital.
This tragedy comes within one week of two separate incidents involving previously deported illegal immigrants allegedly murdering women in two U.S. states: California and Texas. The California case involved a young woman in San Fransisco taking photos with her father on a pier when an illegal immigrant who had been deported five time prior allegedly murdered her. The Texas case involved an illegal immigrant who had been deported four time prior. Police say the man admitted to murdering his wife with a hammer.
The suspect in the San Francisco murder, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, has admitted to a local news station that he intends to plead guilty to the murder and hopes for “this to end as soon as possible”. The circumstances surrounding his explanation for the incident remain murky, including sleeping pills supposedly found in a garbage can, the handgun used in the killing found abandoned under a park bench, and the gun somehow accidentally discharging, killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
San Francisco is well known status as a “Sanctuary City” which refuses to abide by federal procedural protocol for the retention of known violent illegal immigrant offenders. Lopez-Sanchez had been released by local authorities as recently as April following a stint in prison on drug charges.
A requested hold placed by Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) was ignored.
Predictably, Trump has seized upon the San Francisco murder as further evidence of his assertions that many of the illegal immigrants streaming over the U.S.-Mexico border are violent criminals bringing their problems from their countries of origin.
Further complicating Trump’s position on the immigration issue is a recent investigation by the Washington Post — likely proving my June 20 prediction correct — that several previously illegal immigrants are working on the Trump Washington, D.C., hotel project just blocks from the White House, and leaving the door open that some could still not have legal status. A Trump spokesman denies that the contractor working on the project employs those with illegal status.
The White House, for it’s part, placed the blame for the Steinle murder at the feet of the GOP:
“The fact is that the president has done everything within his power to make sure that we are focusing our law enforcement resources on criminals and those who pose a threat to public safety and it’s because of the political efforts of Republicans that we have not been able to make the kind of investment that we’d like to make in securing our border and keeping our community safe,” White House Press Secretary John Earnest said.
No mention was made of administration orders restricting efforts by the Border Patrol to interdict border crossers or a shriveling of deportation proceedings overall.
[Breitbart] [CNN] [Washington Post] [Weekly Standard]