Sanctuary Cities and States Are Protecting Violent Criminals

Kate Steinle

Unbelievably–unless one knows the current deranged mindset of the State of California–an appeals court there has overturned the conviction of illegal immigrant Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate on the last of charges related to the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015.

Garcia-Zarate had previously been acquitted of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. The latest decision vacates his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prior to his arrest for the 2015 crime, Garcia-Zarate had been deported five times and been convicted of seven felonies, yet he had been allowed to remain in America because of San Francisco’s  “sanctuary city” policy.  Such policies are protecting violent criminals and putting at risk the lives of citizens like Kate Steinle, all for the sake of a demented political ideology.

Non-citizens constitute about 7 percent of the U.S. population, yet in 2018 they accounted for 64 percent of all federal arrests, including 24 percent of all federal drug arrests, 25 percent of all federal property arrests, and 28 percent of all federal fraud arrests.

The data for crimes on the state and local levels is just as extreme.  The Texas Department of Public Safety has recently reported that between June 2011 and July 2019, 297,000 non-citizens had been booked into local Texas jails, for crimes not immigration related.  Of these non-citizens, 202,000 were here illegally and were believed to have committed a total of at least 494,000 criminal offenses. Of those cases that have been adjudicated, there have been 225,000 convictions, representing:

  • 500 homicides
  • 23,954 assaults
  • 8,070 burglaries
  • 297 kidnappings
  • 14,178 thefts
  • 2,026 robberies
  • 3,122 sexual assaults
  • 3,840 sexual offenses
  • 3,158 weapon charges
  • tens of thousands of drug and obstruction charges

These are all crimes that would not have been committed–and their victims not have been victimized–if the illegal perpetrators had not been in this country.

Yet there are nine states and numerous municipalities in the U.S. that actively protect such criminals through so-called “sanctuary” laws. Thanks to San Francisco’s law, Kate Steinle is dead and Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate will soon be free to again walk American streets.

For more, see “Hans von Spakovsky: Crimes by illegal immigrants widespread across US – Sanctuaries shouldn’t shield them” on the Fox News website.

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