Kathryn Steinle’s family wants US lawmakers to modify immigration laws and discourage local policies which protect undocumented immigrants. This comes after their daughter was killed in San Francisco by a convict who was staying illegally in the country.
Jim Steinle, the father of Kathryn Steinle, said to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should take measures in order to close legal loopholes which at the present time enable local authorities to choose whether they want to collaborate with federal immigration authorities or not. The man declared:
“Due to disjointed laws and basic incompetence on many levels, the U.S. has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter. Legislation should be discussed, enacted or changed to take these undocumented immigrant felons off our streets for good.”
32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was walking along a San Francisco pier when the unfortunate event occurred earlier this month. She was together with her father. The murderer is a convicted felon, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He had been deported to Mexico five times. When he was charged with killing Kathryn Steinle the man pleaded not guilty of first-degree murder.
Sanchez had a long criminal record. He was released from prison In March. He had been charged with illegally re-entering the United States. Because of a drug arrest warrant he was placed in the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Officials required to be noticed before Sanchez will be released. According to the sheriff’s department the city’s policy deemed that the man was no longer eligible for extended detention since the charges were dismissed and in addition there was no judicial order or warrant to remove him.
This shooting draws attention to the well-known “sanctuary city” policy in San Francisco which is a longstanding one. United States Senator Chuck Grassley who is the chairman of the Republican committee severely criticized these policies saying that they led to the release of thousands of criminals back into communities.
He also added that on Tuesday he will introduce a bill which will urge the local law enforcement and the state to cooperate with federal authorities regarding criminal undocumented immigrants. He also threatened with the withdrawal of federal funding.
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