Kate Steinle Murder Trial by Illegal Immigrant Begins … Opening Statements & Emotional Testimony From Father
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, KATE STEINLE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY IF A PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIEN WAS NOT ALLOWED TO LIVE AND BE PROTECTED BY THE SANCTUARY CITY OF SAN FRANSISCO …
The Kate Steinle murder trial began yesterday. Opening statements have begun in the trial of an illegal immigrant Mexican man accused of fatally shooting an innocent legal U.S. female citizen on a San Francisco pier two years ago. The case set off a national immigration debate during last year’s presidential race on sanctuary cities and crimes committed against U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrant, 45 year old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, has plead not guilty and while his attorneys claimed it was an accident.What is not in dispute is the following, Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot the 32-year-old Steinle. The illegal immigrant, who had no business being in the United States, had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge. Prosecutors dropped that charge, and the San Francisco sheriff released Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for at least two more days for deportation. Maybe San Francisco should be put on trial for Kate Steinle’s death as well.
Kate Steinle (left) – Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (Rt)
The undocumented immigrant accused of shooting and killing Pleasanton native Kate Steinle was aiming toward her and knew what he was doing, a prosecutor argued Monday at the start of a politically charged murder case that sparked a nationwide debate over immigration policy.
But a defense attorney said Steinle’s death was the result of an accidental gunshot and a “freakish ricochet” of the bullet that struck her.
The trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who allegedly shot 32-year-old Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 in July 2015, kicked off on Monday with opening statements and brief but emotional testimony from Steinle’s father, who was walking with her during the shooting.
The closely watched case has attracted national attention because of its connection to immigration policy — Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen, was released from a San Francisco jail two and a half months before the shooting instead of being deported because of the city’s sanctuary city policy. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other conservatives seized on the shooting as an argument for tougher immigration laws.
Garcia Zarate, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, and his lawyers argue that the shooting was an accident — a single shot that ricocheted off the pier into Steinle’s back. The prosecution will try to convince jurors that Garcia Zarate shot recklessly at people, the standard necessary for a second-degree conviction.
Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia started her at times dramatic opening statement by lifting up the gun, a plastic tag through its trigger.
UPDATE I: Father recalls shooting that killed daughter.
Through tears, the father of a woman killed on a San Francisco pier says he was walking with his daughter and a family friend when he heard a loud bang.
Jim Steinle testified Monday that his daughter Kate threw her arms open around him and asked for help before collapsing.
He says he rolled her onto her side and could see a bullet hole in her back. He says there was little blood.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump cited the shooting as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.
Jim Steinle was the first witness to testify in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
He testified for about 10 minutes and Garcia Zarate’s lawyer declined to question him.
This has everything to do with sanctuary cities like San Fransisco and the allowing of illegals in the United States, protecting them and affording then rights as if they were U.S. citizens. If the family of Kate Steinle is not provided justice, there will be a backlash in the United States like the LEFT and sanctuary cities have ever seen. Make no mistake about it, NO JUSTICE … NO PEACE at the ballot boxes in 2018 or 2020.
FINALLY, KATE’S LAW IS PASSED TO PROTECT US CITIZENS FROM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRIMINALS …
The House passed Kate’s Law yesterday, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught. The vote passed 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes. Following the passage of the law President Donald Trump stated, “Now that the House has acted, I urged the Senate to take up these bills, pass them, and send them to my desk. I am calling on all lawmakers to vote for these bills and to save American lives.”
House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.
One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.
Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.
Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. The two-year anniversary of her death is on Saturday.
President Trump called the bill’s passage “good news” in a tweet, adding “House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.”
As noted by Legal Insurrection, the House also passed a bill to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities. These two legislative acts are off to the U.S. Senate. I will make this one statement to the Senate, especially to RINO’s and the Democrat senators who are up for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016 … if you do not vote yes for the protection of legal US citizens, kiss your political careers goodbye.
IT IS ABOUT TIME, THINK THIS WOULD HAPPEN IF HILLARY WON?
Thank you President Donald Trump!!! As reported at The Blaze, An operation by Immigration’s and Customs Enforcement resulted in the arrests of over one thousand suspected MS-13 gang members. What do you call this? A good start. Read the story below and check out the violent felons that have been allowed to walk among us for so many years with anyone lifting a finger to get rid of them.
An operation by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement resulted in the largest arrest of suspected gang members by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date, including some illegal aliens who had previously been recipients of “Dream Act” deportation deferrals.
The ICE social media account lauded the anti-gang results Thursday with a link to a statement about the operation.
The six-week operation ran from March 26 to May 6, and nabbed 1,378 suspected gang members, including more than 100 members of the MS-13 gang, the crime organization specifically targeted by the Department of Justice. Of those, 8 had reportedly crossed the border illegally as minors.
“Of the 1,378 total arrested,” the statement read, “1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 individuals arrested on murder related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges. The remaining 280 were arrested on administrative immigration violations.
“Of the total arrested,” it added, “933 were U.S. citizens and 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.”
AG Sessions Says Sanctuary Cities Are Risking Federal Money By Refusing to Cooperate with Immigration Authorities
SESSIONS TO SANCTUARY CITIES … COMPLY WITH IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES OR LOSE BILLIONS …
Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned sanctuary cities, localities and states that they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grants that have already been awarded if they don’t comply. Imagine localities and states in the USA who would put the criminal illegals ahead of the safety of American citizens? The ball is in your court liberal sanctuary cities, comply or lose billions in federal monies.
MAKING AMERICA SAFE AGAIN.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grants that have already been awarded if they don’t comply.
Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.
His statements in the White House briefing room brought to mind tough talk from President Donald Trump’s campaign and came just three days after the administration’s crushing health care defeat. But Sessions also acknowledged he was reiterating a similar policy adopted by the Obama administration last year.
“I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Sessions said.