SF Doubles Down on Sanctuary Policy after Steinle Lawsuit Dismissal

Associated Press

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has just announced a new campaign to support illegal aliens in his city. The announcement comes one week after a federal judge poured out the Kathryn Steinle family in the lawsuit against the city of San Francisco.

The city’s mayor is doubling-down on its commitment to illegal aliens and its sanctuary city policies.

“San Francisco is a sanctuary city and will not waiver in its commitment to protect the rights of all its residents,” Lee said as reported by KRON 4.

The mayor says the city will work together with the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigration Affairs in this “Equity and Immigration Services Campaign.” KRON 4 also reported that city departments will work with community organizations “to expand education and outreach, provide multilingual legal services and full scope representation for detained and non-detained clients.”

A lawyer for then-Sheriff Mirkarimi’s office was reported in September 2015 to say “Federal courts have actually held that detaining someone for ICE is unconstitutional, it’s unlawful.”

The sheriff’s department, headed by then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, released the 32-year-old woman’s alleged killer from custody approximately three months before she was shot. There was an immigration detainer on him at the time he was released and the seven-time felon had been deported five times previously.

Kathryn Steinle was walking on San Francisco’s Pier 14 with her father when she was gunned down. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has been charged with her murder.

As reported by Breitbart News in late May, the Steinle family filed a lawsuit against the city, Sheriff Mirkarimi, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Just last week, the judge ruled that the family can sue the BLM if they can show that the killer stole the gun from the agent’s unlocked car but dismissed the claims against the city.

Congress has not passed “Kate’s Law” which was designed to hinder such tragedies in the future by requiring mandatory five-year sentences to be imposed on illegal aliens who are deported but unlawfully return to the United States. As reported by Breitbart News, the Republican-controlled Senate failed to advance legislation defunding sanctuary cities and increasing minimum punishments for previously-deported illegal aliens who return. Democrats effectively blocked its passage. As reported, the Senate voted 53-44 on Sen. Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act,” and 55-42 on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) “Kate’s Law.” Each bill needed 60 votes to advance.

The trial of Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was delayed until after the 2016 presidential election. It had been set for early December but under an agreement by Sanchez’ lawyer and prosecutors, it has been postponed until February 17.

Sanchez said he chose San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city. Breitbart’s Michelle Moons reported that the San Francisco police union posted its criticism of the city’s sanctuary city policies on Facebook: “Bottom line is a young innocent woman has been murdered in cold blood, in front of her father, by a 5 time deported illegal alien drug dealer. He is an ILLEGAL ALIEN not an undocumented immigrant and if he was where he belonged (Mexico) this innocent victim would still be alive.”

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as a prosecutor and associate judge in Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.


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