There are no circumstances under which a family could ever cope well with the murder of a loved one, but the parents of Kate Steinle must also deal with what amounts to a betrayal on the part of their country. Steinle’s murderer, Juan Francisco Sanchez, will find his justice within the legal system, but her survivors insist that he is not the only one to blame for the tragedy.
To hold those parties responsible, the Steinle family announced Tuesday that they have filed legal claims against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the Bureau of Land Management, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Speaking at a press conference, family attorney Frank Pitrie said, “What happened on Pier 14 was not only foreseeable, it was preventable.”
Steinle, 32, was killed on July 1 while walking on that pier with her family. Sanchez, who has since confessed to the crime, is an illegal immigrant who has been deported no less than five different times. Earlier this year, federal authorities released him to a San Francisco jail where he was to face charges relating to marijuana. When those charges were dropped in April, San Francisco officials let him back out onto the streets instead of notifying immigration officers.
The family is taking action against Sheriff Mirkarimi because he ignored the ICE request to detain Sanchez, against the Bureau of Land Management for failing to secure the handgun Sanchez stole from a BLM car, and against the ICE for failing to obtain a warrant when San Francisco authorities refused to cooperate.
Steinle’s mother, Liz Sullivan, said it was through her daughter’s strength that she was moving through this painful ordeal. “We just want to make her proud. It’s about making this a better world for everyone. These laws need to be changed. It’s not okay to have these people, who are violent felons, in the United States,” she said.
The case immediately brought both illegal immigration and the mysterious concept of “sanctuary cities” to the forefront of the American dialogue. San Francisco is one of at least 31 cities with policies in place that prevent city employees from asking people about their citizenship status. These policies typically include a tacit ban on cooperating with federal immigration authorities as well. Other such cities include New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
In 2007, Hillary Clinton expressed her support for these policies. In a New Hampshire debate, Clinton said if not for sanctuary cities, “local law enforcement begins to act like immigration enforcement officers. What that means is that you will have people not reporting crimes. You will have people hiding from the police. And I think that is a real direct threat to the personal safety and security of all the citizens.”
One can only assume that neither Hillary nor any other pro-immigration activist would tell Kate Steinle’s father this yarn about safety and security, especially not after hearing his heartrending words this week:
“I’m walking down the pier arm in arm with my daughter and close friend. She stops, takes a selfie, turns around and is shot. As she fell she said, ‘Dad, help me.’ That’s my bed time story. Every night.”
The Democrats talk a lot about compassion when addressing the subject of illegal immigration, but you have to wonder where their compassion is for American citizens killed by violent aliens. After Donald Trump builds his wall, maybe we should think about building another one around San Francisco. Want to be your own country? Have at it. Take King Obama, Jorge Ramos, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of these clowns with you. Have a little time out. When you’re ready to fight for the principles and values that have kept the U.S. strong for 200 years, we’ll be glad to have you back.