“Dad, help me, help me.”
These are some of the last words of Kate Steinle, a 32 year old California resident who was murdered on a summer evening walk with her father in 2015. The man who killed her was Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant with a criminal record that included seven felony convictions and five deportations.
Why was Sanchez even free you may ask?
On March 26 of that year, Sanchez finished serving a 46-month sentence at a Los Angeles federal prison and was released to SFSD custody, the complaint said. Led by Mirkarimi at the time, the SFSD did not honor an immigration detainer for Sanchez from ICE, saying it had no “legal basis” to hold him because they did not have an active warrant for
That same month, ICE had issued a memo creating an official policy to eliminate all communication regarding undocumented immigrants in “direct contravention” with federal and state law, according to the complaint. Despite this memo, ICE specifically asked the SFSD to be notified of Sanchez’s release. Sanchez was released the next month, and no notification was provided to ICE, according to the complaint. In January, he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, the Associated Press reported. At the time, his public defender, Matt Gonzalez, said the charge was too harsh because the shooting was inadvertent.
Congress will reintroduce ‘Kate’s Law’ which targets undocumented immigrants who illegally return to the U.S. after being deported. The law would impose a minimum five-year federal prison sentence on those who illegally return after deportation.
Perhaps this time around the Democrats will stop playing political games with the lives of the citizens who elected them to protect them.