Kate Steinle has become the symbol of how little the government cares about protecting its law-abiding citizens. As Congressman Trey Gowdy recently remarked, “Those of us who have daughters, saw our daughters in Kate Steinle.” She was walking with her father on a San Francisco pier popular with both locals and tourists, a place known to many Americans. But she wasn’t safe there, because liberal San Francisco stubbornly clings to its extreme sanctuary policy.
San Francisco didn’t learn a thing from the horrific triple murder in 2008 of Bologna family members by a known MS-13 gangster similarly protected by the city. Danielle Bologna, who lost a husband and two sons because of permissive policies toward illegal immigration, recently spoke out at the sentencing of an accomplice to the murders: “Violent criminals, convicted felons and gang members illegally in the United States should not be shielded by any law enforcement agency. I am begging community leaders to put public safety first so another preventable tragedy for another family is avoided.”
The sanctuary policy that facilitates crimes by illegal aliens is a years-long crisis the government refuses to fix, a problem that is worsening as border enforcement has ended. It’s not an overstatement to say the administration’s stand-down of immigration enforcement has made America a sanctuary nation, where the worst foreign criminals are allowed to run amok. Earlier this month, a former FBI agent noted that three persons on the Most Wanted list are illegal alien criminals. In June, it was reported that illegal aliens who were held but later released by ICE from 2010 to 2014 went on to commit 121 murders.
Whatever happened to public safety? Isn’t that government’s top job? The country is upside down when government assists foreign criminals to commit crimes against law-abiding citizens.
For more information about the protest and issue, see the Facebook page Sanctuary City Kills.
Below are a couple pictures I took on Pier 14 where the protest took place.
Speaker Maria Espinoza of the Remembrance Project wore a flak vest to emphasize that sanctuary cities are unsafe.
Speakers Maria Espinoza and Robin Hvidston with organizer Rick Oltman.
Stop Sanctuary Cities — the banner.
Below is a local news report. Fox News had a video story about the appearance in court today of the Steinle shooter which included the protest, but that hasn’t shown up yet online.
Pier 14 Shooting: Protesters aim to overturn sanctuary city laws, KRON TV, San Francisco, July 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Pier 14 shooting death of Kate Steinle is a crime that touched a nerve and is sparking a debate in the Bay Area and across the nation about sanctuary cities–and shielding undocumented immigrants.
KRON 4’s Vicki Liviakis shows the protest. The flowers at this make shift memorial are dry, but emotions are still raw.
“She was on this pier with her dad, and the last thing she said to her dad as she died here was help dad,” one protester said. “Now, we look to government to help us but government isn’t helping us when it comes to sanctuary cities.”
A group called Citizens for Safe Cities wants to overturn san francisco’s sanctuary city policy – which they say shielded a known criminal.