The House of Representatives have scheduled a vote to defund certain federal monies from ‘sanctuary cities’, which have come under sustained fire since the murder of Kate Steinle earlier this month by an illegal immigrant with an extensive violent criminal past and had been deported four times previously. Similar legislation has already proceeded in the Senate.
Sanctuary cities openly flout Federal Law by refusing to cooperate with requests to detain, notify, and turn over illegal immigrants who have committed certain crimes or have an existing request already at the federal level. The rationale for this policy is based on the need for local law enforcement to have good relationships with immigrant communities, which might otherwise be more difficult to establish and maintain if illegals were afraid they would be held accountable for their immigration status.
The Steinle murder was just one of a number of recent crimes that have reignited the immigration debate, particularly the role of sanctuary cities and criminal immigrants which have been deported multiple times and continue crossing back into the United States.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from families of persons who were killed by criminal illegal aliends, including Kate Steinle’s father Jim Steinle, who was walking along a popular tourist destination in San Francisco in broad daylight on July 1 when his daughter was shot and killed.
“Kate fell, and looked at me and said ‘help me, Dad’,” her father recalled. They were the last words he heard from her.
“Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen of the United States of America,” he testified. “Unfortunately, due to disjointed laws and basic incompetence at many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand of a person who should have never been on the streets of this country.”
Several lawmakers have introduced legislation in the wake of Kate Steinle’s murder, aimed at tightening immigration enforcement. Her father said that if new legislation helps prevent more killings, “Kate’s death won’t be in vain.”
Steinle was just one of a number of witnesses called, most of which with similar stories of the loss and grief of losing their loved ones to persons who had no right to be here in the first place, and many with extensive criminal backgrounds.[AP][Fox News]