The Steinle verdict screams for revision of immigration policy
Walking on a pier in San Francisco with her father in 2015, Kate Steinle was shot in the back.
The 22-year-old died in her father’s arms.
She was shot by Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been released several weeks earlier from a San Francisco jail despite a federal request to detain him for deportation.
He had been deported five times previously and was wanted for a sixth.
Because of San Francisco’s Sanctuary City status, local authorities were not bound to cooperate with immigration officials.
And as a result, a 22-year-old woman with a lifetime ahead of her is dead.
The jury hearing the case was not allowed to hear discussion of immigration policies and Garcia-Zarate’s deportation track record.
And they concluded that the bullet fired from the gun the suspect used accidentally found its way to Ms. Steinle’s back.
They did not even find the suspect guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Predictable criticism followed the shocking verdict. And the critics were blasted for putting the Steinle family through more misery and heartbreak.
The continued misery and heartbreak, for the Steinle family and thousands like them nationwide, results from immigration policies that don’t work.
We understand not everyone agrees with the concept of a wall at our nation’s southern border. But it’s long past the time to more completed restrict the flow of illegal immigrants across our nation’s board. And it’s long past the time to allow a sanctuary policy in most of our largest cities that keeps local and federal authorities to work together in criminal situations involving illegal immigration.
The current policies are a slap in the face at the millions of legal immigrants who are following the process to become American citizens.
And they show complete disrespect to the thousands of families that have experienced the heartache that comes from a soft approach with illegal immigrants who break our nation’s laws.