Rubio: We Must Get Rid of ‘Completely Out of Control’ Sanctuary Cities

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, discussed the alleged murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle by five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez and said “ultra-liberal government who refuses to comply with the law” are “completely out of control,” thus the Congress must get “rid of the sanctuary city situation.”

Rubio said, “It is a tragic story, irrespective who would have committed this murder. It is a heartbreaking story. This young woman by all accounts was a phenomenal person. It was such a tragedy for her and family and for that community. What is unacceptable, the Department of Homeland Security repeatedly requested from the city turn them over. They refused to do so. What is more unacceptable. This person had been deported, each time found its way back in the country. Found his way to San Francisco because he knew it was a city and jurisdiction that would not turn him over to federal authorities. One more example of how this was completely out of control. Here, you have liberal, local officials who refused to comply with the law and refused to turn someone over. as a result you have loss of life.”

“One of the things we talked about in the past, we tried to get included, negotiations with Democrats in the past is the idea of getting rid of the sanctuary city situation and, saying to these localities if you’re not participating in helping us to enforce these laws, then you will not be eligible for federal funding you’re receiving,” he added. “Outrageous situation where localities basically decided because they have a political agenda or political view of immigration law they can somehow ignore enforcement of these laws. We have sovereign country. We have the right to enforce our immigration laws, Irrespective how you feel about immigration at large, everyone should acknowledge we as a country have the right to have immigration laws and the right to enforce them. In this case you have political, elected officials in ultra-liberal government who refuses to comply with the law because they don’t agree with the law. That is completely unacceptable.”

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