On a warm summer day, Kate Steinle was walking with her father and friend along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco when she was fatally shot by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate. Zarate, a seven-time convicted felon and illegal immigrant who had been deported five times, was acquitted on the charges of Steinle’s murder. The only conviction he faces is possession of a firearm. Chuck Norris shared his views of the incident in an article published to WorldNetDaily.com.
Norris says that the reason that a person was even able to be in this country and have the ability to murder a “vibrant and precious young woman” is that the system of allowing immigrants into this country and the mistakes of San Francisco’s authorities are to blame.
“ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan was spot on when he said: ‘San Francisco’s policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had simply turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of releasing him back onto the streets.'”
San Francisco authorities released Zarate without calling the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. ICE officials asked San Francisco authorities to hold Zarate until they were able to obtain him for deportation.
“As WND’s Leo Hohmann wrote, ‘According to ICE, since 2014 there have been 10,000 criminal aliens released by sanctuary policies who subsequently committed new crimes after their release – that’s 10,000 preventable crimes.'”
As of today there are more than 200 sanctuary cities in the US. These cities could harbor tens of thousands of more fugitives just like Zarate.
“Deputy Director Homan added, ‘It is unconscionable that politicians across this country continue to endanger the lives of Americans with sanctuary policies while ignoring the harm inflicted on their constituents.'”
Norris includes four things that we can do to keep Kate’s memory alive:
- “It’s too late for Kate, but it’s not for others who will be the next victims. Be mindful that our city and government officials’ liberal policies are putting you and yours in harm’s way. Don’t assume that you will be defended. Watch out, and protect yourselves and your loved ones.
- “Don’t ever give up fighting for law and order. Write or call your local, state and federal representatives, and let them know your thoughts about the case. You might even want to share and include a link to this column. Tell them to enforce the immigration laws already present in federal law. Admonish them to fight for the induction of Kate’s Law, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan report five months ago but still hasn’t been voted on by the Senate. Now is the time!
- “Jim Steinle wears a bracelet stamped with the words, ‘The Kate effect,’ which is a reference to the vitality and compassion his daughter manifested to everyone. On the morning of her death, she posted on her Facebook these encouraging words, ‘Whatever’s good for your soul, do that.’ Please do the same.
- “Consider a Christmas donation to the charities that mean most to the Steinle family. Here are two that are raising funds and doing good in Kate’s memory: the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Students Rising Above.”