“Help me, Daddy.” One year ago today, Kate Steinle, a 32-year old American died in her father’s arms on a San Francisco pier after being murdered by an illegal alien.
The complete hearing is here.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Kate Steinle’s tragic murder by illegal alien dirt bag Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. Finally, Congress is going to take action on Kate’s law, which is the subject of a petition started by Bill O’Reilly. They are also going to separately vote on Sen. Pat Toomey’s proposed bill to limit federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities.” (More on that law and what’s coming next week on Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show.)
Here, in an opinion piece from The Washington Post, Marc Thiessen reminds us of some very interesting facts:
It got little notice, but on May 28, Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, admitted in a letter to Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, the Obama administration had released “121 unique criminal aliens who had an active [deportation] case at the time of release and were subsequently charged with homicide-related offenses.”
Think about that: 121 times over the past four years, the administration has released an illegal immigrant with prior criminal convictions who went on to be charged with murder. That is one every 12 days.
In one case, an illegal immigrant and felon named Apolinar Altamirano allegedly gunned down a 21-year-old Arizona convenience store clerk, Grant Ronnebeck, over a pack of cigarettes. Altamirano had been convicted of felony burglary and was in the middle of deportation proceedings. But ICE released him after he posted a $10,000 bond — which allowed him to allegedly go kill an innocent young man. Asked by Sens. Flake and Grassley whether she had notified state and local authorities when Altamirano was released, Saldana replied, “ICE does not routinely notify local authorities when a detainee is released on bond from ICE custody.”
ICE also does not routinely notify local authorities when it releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders. Last month, a Boston Globe investigation found that between 2008 and 2012, ICE released 424 sex offenders into communities across the country — including “convicted rapists, child molesters and kidnappers” — and that “immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.” The paper further found that “At least 34 of the 424 released sex offenders . . . were back in jail as of last month, state records show, some for heinous crimes committed after ICE released them.”
In 2013, the Obama administration released 36,007 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions — 1,000 of whom were subsequently convicted of other crimes after their release. Last year they released 30,558 such immigrants. According to the House Judiciary Committee, only 8 percent of those were due to the Supreme Court’s decision in Zadvydas v. Davis, which requires that illegal immigrants be released after 180 days if their home countries won’t take them back. The other 92 percent were released because of Obama’s policies.
The Steinle family has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, San Francisco County’s former sheriff, the federal Bureau of Land Management and Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. From CNN:
The suit alleges that the shooting was set in motion in March 2015, when the county and former sheriff issued a memo approving a policy that eliminated communication about undocumented immigrants with immigration authorities. The policy was in “direct contravention” of federal and state laws, according to the lawsuit.Weeks after the memo’s release, the sheriff’s department transported Lopez-Sanchez from a federal prison to San Francisco to appear in court on a bench warrant for marijuana possession and sales. The drug case was dismissed.Immigration officials had a detainer request for Lopez-Sanchez but the sheriff’s department released him, according to the lawsuit.
Gee, I wonder if Obama would ever say that ICE acted “stupidly?”
I also wonder how so many Americans can appear to be walking around deaf, dumb and blind to how Obama’s “remaking America” has led to senseless tragedies like the murder of Ms. Steinle. If your daughter, grandaughter, sister, mom or friend were killed by an illegal who had been deported 5 times would you still act like everything was going swimmingly in this country? Yet many appear to be doing just that, and don’t blame the One. Help me out. How can this be?