Jim Steinle was with his 32-year old daughter, Kathyrn, when she collapsed in front of him from a gun shot wound. She died two hours later.
One hour after the shooting, 52 year old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested and charged with murder. He had been previously deported five times with pending drug charges at the time of the shooting. Although Lopez-Sanchez had been arrested by federal authorities and turned over to the City of San Francisco, its authorities released him onto the streets. A short time later he shot and killed Steinle.
Public outrage was great and millions of Americans demanded the end of sanctuary cities. Others demanded that illegals convicted of felonies be imprisoned. In response, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) introduced HR 3011 – Kate’s Law, which would establish a mandatory minimum prison sentence for illegals who had been deported and then re-entered the U.S. again illegally.
A recent Rasmussen Report Poll showed that 56% of likely voters favor its passage, with only 27% opposing it.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), a self-proclaimed advocate of women’s rights, staunchly opposes Kate’s Law, in honor of an American woman killed by an illegal immigrant and repeated criminal offender. Reid recently stated that Kate’s Law would ‘tear innocent families apart.’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and GOP presidential candidate, responded:
“It is sad that the Democratic leader chooses to stand with violent criminal illegal aliens instead of the American citizens, but even sadder is that he impugns legal immigrants. When the Democratic leader suggests that incarcerating aggravated felons, murders and rapists who illegally re-enter this country is somehow a slight to immigrants, well Mr. President, I am the son of an immigrant who came legally from Cuba.
“There is no one in this chamber who will stand and fight harder for legal immigrants than I will, and for the Democratic leader to cynically suggest that somehow immigrants should be lumped into the same bucket with murderers and rapists, demonstrates the cynicism of the modern Democratic Party. Demonstrates just how out of touch the modern Democratic Party is. You know who doesn’t agree with the Democratic leader? The voters of San Francisco. I would venture to say that almost all of whom consider themselves Democrats and yet they just voted out the sheriff for saying basically the same thing the Democratic leader did, for saying that the Democratic Party stands with violent felon illegal immigrants instead of the American citizens.
“And let’s listen to what the Democratic leader just said; gosh it would cost too much to incarcerate aggravated felons who illegally re-enter this country. Mr. President, if it costs too much to lock up murders, rapists, kidnappers then you know what, we need to spend the money it needs to lock up every single murderer we can.
“I’m sorry the Democratic Party doesn’t want to spend the money murders and instead it’s apparently cheaper to lose our sons and daughters. I think we have the resources to lock up murderers. And there should be no confusion where the Party stands. The Democratic leader suggested that locking up aggravated felons is somehow disrespectful to immigrants with all respect as the son of an immigrant I believe that immigrants who come here legally who aren’t criminals should be treated markedly different from murderers and rapists and yet the Democratic Party chooses to stands with the murderers and rapists and violent criminals. That is unfortunate indeed.”
Every American must confront those like Reid, who defend illegal criminals, instead of law abiding American citizens. Citizens, especially women, must ask Reid, why he and so many of his colleagues favor murderers, rapists and kidnappers over legal immigrants and American citizens. If Reid and his cronies remain unwilling to protect Americans, and especially women, from criminal illegals, then perhaps he and others should face charges of treason for aiding and abetting enemies of the American people.