Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore (R) is hitting his Democratic opponent Doug Jones’ silence on sanctuary cities following the shocking verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, where an illegal alien was acquitted after causing the 32-year-old woman’s death.
Following the not guilty verdict of seven-time felon and five-times deported illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, also known as Jose Ines Garcia Zarate—who previously admitted to shooting and killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle while she was walking on a pier with her father in sanctuary city San Francisco, California—Moore called out his opponent’s unclear stance on sanctuary cities:
My opponent supports amnesty and has stated that he sees no need for a border wall and has said nothing about sanctuary cities. His election would be a threat to the safety and well-being of the people of Alabama and the United States at large.
Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials, allowing millions of illegal aliens to seemingly remain in the U.S. by seeking safe haven in these regions.
Moore called the verdict in the Steinle case “outrageous,” saying the “ruling was a complete travesty of justice and a shameful admission that San Francisco cares more for criminal aliens than they do for innocent American women and until Congress moves to crack down on sanctuary cities, illegal immigration, and border security, no American can be safe.”
Moore also slammed Jones’ opposition to President Trump’s border wall plan as well as his support for giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens who have been shielded from deportation under the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Moore said:
I am thankful for the strong leadership of President Trump, and as your next United States senator, rest assured that I will do all within my power to secure our border, build the border wall, put an immediate end to so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ that put Americans at risk, strongly oppose all amnesty including DACA and the DREAM Act, and work to pass Kate’s Law to crack down on criminal illegals like Zarate who unlawfully return to our country.
A spokesperson with the Moore campaign said it “strongly” supported Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statement following the verdict where the former Alabama Senator said elected officials in sanctuary cities should “reflect” and “consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens.”
Sessions said after the Steinle verdict:
When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.
When previously asked about sanctuary cities, Jones deflected the question.
“I’ll let someone else talk about sanctuary cities in California,” Jones told the Montgomery Advertiser in July.
Despite its popularity among Alabama voters, Jones has increasingly been a vocal opponent of Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that would serve as the first path to ending illegal immigration in the country.
As Breitbart News reported, Jones said of the wall:
“No, I do not. I think it’s too expensive,” Jones told Fox News when asked if he supported the construction of the border wall.
“I don’t think we need to be spending $20 billion dollars,” Jones continued, blasting the border wall. “I want to put it on healthcare, I want to get tax cuts for the middle class.”
Jones supposed concerns of the cost of the border wall fail to mention the annual cost of illegal immigration that, while benefitting multinational corporations and the wealthy, upper-class, has been a detriment to America’s working and middle-classes. As Breitbart News reported, most recent estimates by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), reveal that an illegal alien costs each American taxpayer approximately $8,075, totaling a burden of roughly $116 billion annually.