As a parent, how would you feel today after learning that an illegal alien deported five times was responsible for shooting and killing your daughter?
Last summer, Kathryn Steinle, 32, was walking along the crowded Embarcadero pier in San Francisco when she collapsed on the pier after the family heard several loud sounds they said sounded like gunfire. Her father tried to give CPR to his daughter, but to no avail.
Francisco Sanchez, 45, is an illegal from Mexico who has been deported five times. His stories about what happened remind me of Hillary Clinton’s stories concerning the attack on the US Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya in that it has changed and still makes no sense.
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The first reports of the shooting that I heard on the news stated that Sanchez was shooting at harbor seals on the crowded pier and shot Steinle by mistake. Then the story changed. Now the story is that Sanchez had found some sleeping pills in a dumpster and taken them and fallen asleep. When he woke up on the pier and started walking, he found a t-shirt and went to pick it up. That’s when a gun wrapped inside the t-shirt fired. However, the gun didn’t shoot just once, but three times and one of those bullets struck and killed Kathryn Steinle.
Sanchez had last been arrested in March by San Francisco police. He had seven felony convictions on his record which demands that he be arrested and deported. San Francisco authorities contacted ICE officials to come and pick him up and ICE asked them to keep him in custody until they could come and get him. Typical for San Francisco’s ultra-liberal ways, they released Sanchez back out on the streets before ICE agents could arrive to take him into their custody.
What makes matters worse is that then San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, in the wake of the shooting of Steinle, defended the release of Sanchez.
In January, Sanchez pleaded not guilty to second degree murder charges along with all other charges that were filed against him.
Now, Mirkarimi is being sued by the family of Steinle for his part in murder of their beloved young family member. The Steinle family are also suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Bureau of Land Management officials for their role in the release of Sanchez.
The reason the lawsuit includes the BLM is that Sanchez had somehow managed to obtain possession of the BLM officer’s handgun with which he used to shoot Steinle. Supposedly, the BLM officer said that the gun had been stolen from his vehicle the month before the shooting. Sanchez claims he found the gun wrapped in a t-shirt under a bench and that when he picked it up, it accidentally fired, ricocheted off the concrete pavement on the pier before striking Steinle.
If the Steinle family wins their lawsuit, it may provide the legal precedent that could be used to force ICE to actually enforce our nation’s immigration laws. It could also be used to hold sanctuary cities like San Francisco responsible for their protection of illegal aliens. If they refuse to detain and deport illegals or release them from custody like they did with Sanchez, and then the illegal commits a crime against someone, the city officials who released the illegal could find themselves in court.
We can only hope and pray that the Steinle family wins their lawsuit and liberal immigration policies are changed.