Hearing Kate Steinle’s father talk about the final moments of his daughter’s life is heart wrenching. One minute she was alive and walking with him on Pier 14 in San Francisco and the next minute she lay dying in her father’s arms saying “Help me Dad.”
Last week, a criminal illegal immigrant, Jose Zarate who was in this country following his fifth deportation, was acquitted of all charges except possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The conviction could carry a sentence of up to three years in prison, two years of which he has already served.
Where is the justice?
President Trump commented two days after Steinle was killed that he was the only one who could “fix it” in reference to building a border wall.
“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately. This is an absolutely disgraceful situation, and I am the only one that can fix it.”
Following the recent not guilty verdict, many may have rightly believed that Trump was the only one to “fix it.” But now, Trump has help.
Rep. Todd Rokita, a Republican from Indiana may have found a way to resolve the issue of ‘sanctuary cities’ that are literally in many instances, killing innocent people.
Rokita introduced a bill that strikes directly at the heart of “sanctuary cities” and holds elected lawmakers accountable for sheltering criminal illegal immigrant from deportation.
His bill would by-pass attempting to cut-off federal grants to cities who ignore immigration law and instead impose fines and criminal penalties.
Rokita voiced what many Americans have felt since the Steinle verdict was read last week:
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with. Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”
An American citizen would not be allowed to ignore federal immigration laws but a federal lawmaker sworn to uphold the law can? I don’t think so.
Rokita is introducing the “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act” to hold state and local legislators criminally responsible for failing to comply with federal immigration rules and regulations.
Those who are convicted of violating the bill, if passed, would face fines of $1 million and up to five years in prison.
Rokita who also supported “Kate’s Law”, legislation aimed at imposing stiffer penalties on illegal immigrants who were previously deported, said:
“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them.”
It’s past time that we hold these legislators liable for their part in allowing citizens of this country to be left vulnerable to injury and death from those criminal illegal immigrants who are allowed to stay in this country due to ‘sanctuary city’ policies enacted by legislators.
No matter what the verdict in the Steinle case or how you may feel about the illegal immigration issue, the cold-hard fact remains that “but for” Zarate being in this country illegally, Kate Steinle would still be alive to walk another day along the pier in San Francisco with her father.
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