It is time to follow-up on this senseless killing. This young lady will never be able to be a mother or grandmother. Do you think these politicians care? No! It is not their daughter or granddaughter. It tells you how far back to the bottom of the barrel this leader has taken our country and the lack of laws being enforced in these sanctuary cities. Wonder if Mexico has sanctuary cities?
It reminds me of the old west where everyone has to pack a gun. I still say this was another put up job by the Democratic Party and the top leader to try to take away the guns from the American people. Look how many people have been killed – in theaters, in schools, at the military recruiting office, in Chicago this past weekend, and on an on. All killed by Democrats or family members of Democrats.
A Congressional staffer puts up a picture of Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in broad daylight on San Francisco’s Pier 14 while walking with her father, Jim Steinle. Jim Steinle’s testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the death of his daughter on July 21, 2015.
In an attempt to hold government officials accountable for the shooting death of their 32-year-old daughter Kate, the Steinle family filed a lawsuit against three government agencies.
The suit alleges that those agencies are in part responsible for Steinle’s death, but experts say the family has little chance at prevailing.
“Unfortunately, prior lawsuits against cities over their sanctuary policies that were directly responsible for the murder of American citizens have been unsuccessful due to sovereign immunity,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.
Sovereign immunity is the legal principle that governments are immune to lawsuits except in cases where they waive their immunity and set some amount that they will be liable for if a government employee engages in negligent behavior.
Steinle was fatally shot in San Francisco on July 1 by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.
Lopez-Sanchez is an illegal immigrant who had seven prior felony convictions in the U.S. and was deported to Mexico five separate times. He was released from a San Francisco jail in April under a city law barring the jail’s deputies from informing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of his release, despite the agency’s previous notification request.
San Francisco is one of many “sanctuary cities” throughout the country. Sanctuary policies differ from city to city, but generally they instruct city employees and law enforcement not to ask the immigration status of criminal suspects or prosecute undocumented immigrants.
The Steinles filed the lawsuit in hopes that San Francisco and the other 200-some sanctuary cities will reform their policies, which the family claims are illegal, so that no one else will experience what happened to their daughter.
“We feel as though we’ve exhausted avenues, we’re frustrated, and we’re here to make sure a change is made so nobody has to endure the pain that my mom and dad and I go through on a daily basis because the system failed our sister,” Steinle’s brother, Brad Steinle, told reporters during an emotional press conference on Tuesday.
Proponents of sanctuary cities say the policy is necessary in balancing public safety with a respect for civil rights and maintaining trust in immigrant communities so that their residents continue reporting crime.
The Steinles’ lawsuit alleges that the Bureau of Land Management and Immigration and Customs Enforcement—and San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi—directly contributed to Kate’s death by neglecting to oversee different aspects that led to her being shot.
Their claim against the Bureau of Land Management is that the agency didn’t follow regulations in properly securing the gun Lopez-Sanchez stole and used to kill their daughter
Mirkarimi, the sheriff implicated in the lawsuit, is accused of failing to detain Lopez-Sanchez. In a statement, Mirkarimi voiced sympathy for the family but says he was only following city policy.
The lawsuit accuses Immigration and Customs Enforcement of being aware that Mirkarimi had no plans to detain Lopez-Sanchez unless they obtained a court warrant, but the agency neglected to do so.
None of this was done in the name of the rule of law – but was done in the name of the sanctuary city policy – where the rule of law is absent and all instigated by the leader of this country who is not following the Constitution.