President Trump said the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial was absolutely “disgraceful.”
“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” Trump tweeted.
In a shocking verdict, a San Francisco jury acquitted illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the 2015 fatal shooting. The jury was not told Zarate was a 7-time felon when deciding his verdict.
At the time, Kate, 32, was strolling on a pier with her dad when she was gunned down for no apparent reason. The defendant claimed the gun went off on its own. Three times.
The San Francisco jury found Zarate not guilty of first or second-degree murder or assault with a firearm, but convicted him of being a felon with a firearm. U.S. immigration officials plan to deport Zarate for a sixth time following his murder trial.
The verdict has sent shock waves across the country amid heated debate over sanctuary cities, and the need for tougher laws on illegal immigration.
Many observers noted that Jose Zarate — who was in the country illegally — benefited from U.S. laws, which provided him with a free criminal defense attorney and the presumption of innocence throughout his murder trial.
Contrast that to the tragic death of American Otto Warmbier, who spent 17 months in a North Korean prison for stealing a poster.
The Kate Steinle murder has been a flashpoint for America’s broken immigration system, which many feel protects illegal aliens more than U.S. citizens.
In October 2017, Democrats fast-tracked a bill that would make California a “sanctuary state” for illegal aliens.
Under the law, local police cannot call federal authorities to report even violent criminal illegals. So basically, more criminals like Jose Zarate will be shielded from justice even for murdering Americans in cold blood.
There are more than 200 sanctuary cities in the United States that ignore federal law by refusing to prosecute illegal aliens or report them to immigration services.
In May 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said lawless mayors and governors must stop harboring illegal aliens who commit felonies in sanctuary cities.
“Such policies cannot continue,” Sessions said. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.”
Both Attorney General Sessions and President Trump have threatened to defund sanctuary cities that continue to harbor criminal illegal aliens.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate — who was deported five times before shooting Kate Steinle — told officials he specifically returned to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city. “We have simply got to end this policy,” said Attorney General Sessions.
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