San Francisco and Federal Officials plead innocence in Kathryn Steinle death – “No Soy Culpable”

Posted on July 9, 2015


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Kathryn Steinle and her family

In my previous column, I discussed the intense focus of federal, state and municipal coordination in the effort to organizes extra security for the 4th of July holiday, based on threat assessments of the Islamic State and the risk of a domestic attack. I allowed that such an attack was within possibility, but that given our general experience with this risk, there are many more risks Americans face that have greater odds of doing them harm.

I’m happy to report that law enforcement at all levels, managed the terror risk, but that is the only piece of good news I have to report. During the 4th of July weekend, violence not associated with Islamic jihadists, claimed more victims just in a 48 hour period than Muslim extremists kill and injure in an entire year. I left at least three national risk factors that outweigh terrorism out of my report – Sanctuary cities coupled with Presidential orders to release dangerous illegal felons, inner city gang violence and racially motivated attacks by blacks against whites and Asians.

In this first of a multi part series, we’ll examine the crime wave spurred by sanctuary city policies. Sanctuary cities are evidencing themselves to be the major national security threat to the homeland – not foreign, or even “homegrown” terrorists. Our initial focus will be the haven created by the City and County of San Francisco for illegal alien felons and the hell it is causing for legal residents.

Sanctuary Cities, in shorthand, are municipalities and other jurisdictions that have official or unofficial orders and ordinances forbidding police and sheriff’s departments to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in detaining and transferring custody of illegal aliens they hold in local jails.

50 of California’s 54 counties maintain such a policy, along with a score of cities. The City and County of San Francisco’s love affair with illegal aliens goes all the way back to 1989 and the enactment of Sanctuary City Administrative Code 12H, also known as the Sanctuary City Ordinance (SCO). If you’ve heard city officials denying that their policy amounts to a Sanctuary City, it’s an absurd claim. The ordinance they’ve enacted labels it as such. The SCO specifically states that City and County of San Francisco employees:

• Cannot ask about an individual’s immigration status;
• Cannot disclose information regarding an individual’s immigration status; and
• Cannot condition services based on an individual’s immigration status.

If you’ve ever wondered about why key information such as immigration status is missing from media reports of crimes that suggest the offense was committed by an illegal alien, it’s not always the fault of the reporter. Cities like San Francisco withhold that detail. Apparently they are reluctant to tarnish both the reputation of illegal aliens and their policy that provides haven for them.

The subject of Sanctuary Cities came to a full boil, in the wake of the killing of a 32 year old woman, walking with her father and a family friend at Pier 14 along the Embarcadero around 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Kathryn Steinle, died of gunshot wounds at the hands of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien who, as has been reported, been deported 5 times and arrested and convicted 7 times by authorities for felonies. Kathryn’s mother Liz Sullivan told the Times Herald’s Rick Hurd, that Kathryn’s last words to her father, were – “Dad, help me, help me.”

The New York Times reports that Sanchez has also operated under the name of José Inez García Zarate and several other aliases – as is typical of the illegal alien milieu in this country, with their frequent use of false identification and stolen Social Security numbers. What a tribute to the city by the bay, that Sanchez (presumably) middle name is Francisco! San Francisco’s middle name is co-conspirator.

Sanchez was interviewed following his arraignment in which he pled not guilty in the murder of Steinle. Sanchez, with a criminal record dating back to 1991, admitted to a KGO TV reporter that he came to San Fran because of the sanctuary policy and his belief that it was a place “where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.” .

Democrats and Republican’s alike, are nervous about the possible fallout from this nationally covered murder. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and likely Democratic candidate for outgoing US Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat, cautioned against using the case as a justification for tightening immigration law:

A young, innocent woman, Kathryn Steinle, has been killed, and her murderer must be brought to justice. My office stands ready to support the prosecution to ensure he faces swift accountability and consequences. On the issue of immigration, our policy should not be informed by our collective outrage about one man’s conduct.

Ms. Harris, who, as the top law enforcement official in California, has every reason to have a better grasp of the crime statistics, both in her own state and nationally. She, most likely does know the facts and understands the threat to citizens, but opts to maintain the status quo for political reasons. Her statement is patently misleading and false. In San Francisco alone, the killing of Kathryn Steinle, is only the latest of several years of devastating crimes citizens at the hands of illegals protected by it’s sanctuary city policies.

Steinle’s death calls forth an earlier case where city officials were complicit in a deadly attack by an illegal alien released to prey on an unsuspecting public. Anthony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were gunned down in their car at an intersection near their home in the Excelsior District as they drove home from a picnic on June 22, 2008, by Edwin Ramos.

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Ramos, a member of the notorious MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang – a crime syndicate that operates in sanctuary cities across the U.S. and has racked up a substantial death toll, was convicted twice on felony charges as a juvenile and released by city authorities three months before he killed the Bolognas.

And although murders are more high profile, Bay area citizens have become victim to many other brutal and heinous attacks, not only because of San Francisco’s policy, but the policies of most other cities surrounding it. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen has challenged his county’s sanctuary laws and has petitioned the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to rescind or modify them. Why? Because as the San Jose Mercury notes, Rosen studied detention requests from October 2011 through February.

Included among the 110 offenders who fit Rosen’s criteria and were released into the community: six felony sex offenders or child molesters, eight residential burglars, 10 inmates with documented gang affiliations and 12 drunken drivers who injured a victim or had repeated offenses. Some of the 110 were ordered by the courts to stay away from victims who were afraid of them, and 30 of them skipped town.

Among the shocking crimes Rosen called attention to, were the following. Martin Moreno roughed up his ex-girlfriend like an “animal” until police arrested him at gunpoint, according to a witness. Juan Flores bashed a man in the head with a beer bottle, producing a wound that required 25 stitches. And Francisco Gomez twice punched a 2-year-old with his closed fist — hard enough to trigger a brain hemorrhage.

San Francisco’s policy of non-cooperation with immigration officers was so extreme that even Über liberal former Mayor and now Lt.Governor Gavin Newsom, attempted to veto an ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors in 2009 requiring that undocumented youth be turned over to federal immigration officials for possible deportation only after they’re convicted of a felony – not upon their arrest.

There are at least 5 parties that are responsible for the state of affairs that allows lethal individuals such as Sanchez to roam freely, putting us and our loved once in jeopardy of our very lives.

In my follow up report, we’ll take an in-depth look at the feeble justifications that San Francisco and other cities across America rely on to justify harboring dangerous alien felons, how they are evading accountability, the mismanagement of ICE, the partnering in obstructing federal enforcement efforts by the Obama White House and federal courts, and how Congress has abdicated its role in protecting Americans.

I’ll answer some of the questions that are not being dealt with in the media, such as:

  • Open borders advocates say the crime rate among illegals is lower than the citizen crime rate. Is it true?
  • Are sanctuary cities safer for residents as various city officials claim?
  • What’s behind the trend in cities, counties and states, towards the nullification of immigration laws?
  • Is it legal for cities to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities – and are courts themselves disregarding the law?
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