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San Francisco Killing Sparks National Outrage, Likely Political Fallout

July 06, 2015  | 

The barrage of outraged tweets from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump decrying the shocking San Francisco slaying of 32-year old Kathryn Steinle signals the start of what may be an intense immigration debate with potential fallout in California, home to the nation's largest undocumented population, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Social media blazed with anger and frustration at the news that the man arrested in connection with the shooting death at San Francisco's Pier 14 Wednesday has a rap sheet with seven felonies, was in the U.S. illegally and has been deported to his native Mexico five times — and in April was released from San Francisco Jail despite immigration authorities asking that he be kept in custody.

Particularly galling, many said, was that the release of Francisco Sanchez, 45, followed San Francisco Sheriff's Department policies ordering the department not to comply with requested immigration holds based solely on allegations that a person is in the country illegally.

The sharp reaction dramatized how, in the run-up to the 2016 election, issues relating to criminal justice and immigration could become prominent at the national level and possibly fuel congressional calls to cut funding to San Francisco and other "sanctuary cities."

At the state and local levels, political figures who have been associated with efforts to advocate for immigrants in the law enforcement arena may also face heat.

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1966P51GT @ 7/6/2015 5:13 PM

Can we the people of California sue San Francisco for this outrage?
Donald Trump, use some of your wealth to sue the city on behalf of this family.

KevCopAz @ 7/7/2015 2:37 PM

Agreed! Mayor Lee, the council that made this a "sanctuary city", the Police Dept. who let him go and the ones who make the policy are also directly responsible for this victims death. Sue the city and the Mayor and anyone else that can be determined to have refused the ICE request to hold him and release to ICE personally. These LIBs need to pay the price from their own pocket and not from the citizens pocket since there wasn't a vote on "sanctuary city" it was declared by the Mayor and count cil, so ket them stand up and be responsible. Maybe for ONCE ICE was trying to do the right thing and the City was the one who dropped the ball. This suspect even said in an interview that he went to San Francisco because it was a sacral city! Then the San Jose paper lists him as a man from "Texas"not Mexico, not an illegal! This paper is a disgrace and should be boycotted! When will Media tell the truth about crime and illegals? When will Feds sue these Sanctuary cities" for breaking Fed Law?

KevCopAz @ 7/7/2015 2:40 PM

Oh one more thing. Ironic that this DOJ under Obama will sue a city/County (read Maricopa City/Joe Arpaio and State of Az) in the drop of a hat for ENFORCING Laws (that mired federal Law by the way) yet they allow tens of cities to ignore the Federal Law under the Clinton administration that REQUIRERS them to report illegals that commit felonies to ICE? Now tell me that the answer to that question is not obvious, Obama and the DOJ are pro illegals, anti Law Enforcement and pick and choose which Laws they enforce and that they do not enforce! There is no way around that fact.

obamabot @ 7/7/2015 6:06 PM

I lost count how many deported felons I've re-arrested over the years. Yet Operation Safe Community continues to let them out. OK, Trump. You got my attention. Let's get the truth out there.

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