The illegal alien who shot a woman to death last week in San Francisco has confessed to pulling the trigger, but the liberals who wrote the city’s “insane” sanctuary law are just as guilty of the crime.
That was the message retired New York Police Detective and CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck brought to a fiery debate Monday with a former Clinton administration adviser.
He was talking about the killing of Kathryn Steinle, 32, on Wednesday by Francisco Sanchez, a five -deported illegal alien with an extensive criminal history. Sanchez, who has admitted he shot Steinle, was arrested by San Francisco authorities in April on drug charges, but released without being handed over to immigration officials as had been requested.
“This woman would be alive today if they did not have this stupid sanctuary law in that crazy city of San Francisco,” Houck said. “I blame not only the shooter, but also the responsibility has to lie on those politicians who implemented that insane law.”
“Immigration wanted him back after they turned him in,” Houck added. “And there’s no way they can say they didn’t know what his record was, because every time somebody is arrested, they do a criminal investigation, a background investigation on a guy … and they’ll find out about every conviction and every single time that he was deported back to Mexico.”
Ana Maria Salazar, a former Clinton administration advisor, immediately defended the sanctuary policy and tried to turn the conversation to Donald Trump’s “hate language.”
“I totally disagree with what he says, what Harry says, because all the data shows that migrants, either who have documents or undocumented, that come to the United States have lower crime rates,” she said.
Salazar leveled the blame at Mexico for “probably” not being informed of how dangerous the man was, at the prison system for not holding him in jail and finally, at Trump — all to avoid directly addressing San Francisco’s abhorrent immigration policy.
“Now, all of this does not erase this horrible tragedy where this woman dies, and where you have a very difficult immigration debate that is being fueled by Donald Trump’s hate language against Mexicans, because this is not only migrants, his language is against Mexicans, Mexican-Americans who are living either legally or illegally in the United States,” she said.
Houck was having none of it.
“You’re the one who automatically injects all other Mexicans into this specific conversation. And that’s not what we’re talking about. We are talking about criminals like this man, all right, who’s got a criminal record,” Houck said. “Americans should start getting very upset about this.”
Salazar then took to defending President Obama’s abysmal record on immigration, saying that “the number of Mexicans that are crossing the border has dramatically decreased during the Obama administration.”
“Like I believe anything coming from the Obama administration who’s been caught lying several times already,” Houck said.
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