A Murder That Should Have Never Happened

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The taking of an innocent life is always a tragedy, but there lies greater tragedy than usual in the death of Kate Steinle. Steinle, as you may know, was shot and killed on July 1 while walking along Pier 14, one of San Francisco’s busiest tourist destinations. Only an hour later, police had the alleged perpetrator in custody. By Friday, immigration enforcement officials revealed that the killer – Francisco Sanchez – had been deported back to his native Mexico on five previous occasions. Any way you look at it, this is one murder that could have – and should have – been prevented.

The murder draws a harsh spotlight to illegal immigration, deportations, and the controversial program that allows San Francisco to act as a so-called Sanctuary City. Even though the city had Sanchez in custody earlier this year, they declined to honor a detainer request given to them by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Here’s a jurisdiction that’s not even honoring our detainer for someone who clearly is an egregious offender,” an anonymous ICE official told Fox News.

Foul as this is, you’ll be aghast to realize that some liberals are afraid that Sanchez could trigger “political fallout.” In an op-ed for SF Gate, Carla Marinucci expresses her fear that incidents like this one will “fuel congressional calls to cut funding to San Francisco and other ‘sanctuary cities.” Well, um…duh! It’s a sign of how backwards and twisted the left’s philosophy is that they would not also be calling for such a thing.

Sanctuary cities cut ties with federal immigration authorities, preventing their law enforcement officers from cooperating with ICE unless there is a warrant. Proponents say this will give illegals more trust in the justice system. Because that’s the important thing here.

Inevitably, presidential candidate Donald Trump used Steinle’s death to reinforce his argument on illegal immigration. “This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately. … This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it,” Trump said in a statement Friday.

Trump has taken a hefty financial hit for his outspoken remarks on illegal immigration, and he has become a political third rail in the GOP. But while Trump’s approach is probably harsher than necessary, his priorities are beyond reproach. Unlike most of the leading candidates, Trump understands that illegal immigration is one of the most persistent and defining threats of our time. Does that make him the best man for the presidency? Not necessarily, but his fellow candidates would do well to heed his words on this issue. Instead, they are distancing themselves, hiding behind “compassion,” and following the left’s playbook down to the letter.

And the real citizens of the United States, natural born or not, will be the ones to suffer for their weakness.