Two Views on San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” Law

Last week in San Francisco a woman was shot and killed in an apparently “random” shooting. However, heinous as the crime is, it has not made national headlines simply because a young woman was murdered, but because of who the murderer was.

Kate Steinle and her father were out for a walk on San Francisco’s Pier 14 last Wednesday when Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot her in what he claims was a tragic accident. Lopez-Sanchez has become the center of the story because he highlights the horrible danger behind San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” laws. The man who has admitted shooting Steinle had already been deported to Mexico on five different occasions and had just been released by San Fran police after yet another arrest! Immigrations enforcement had asked, in writing, that Lopez-Sanchez be returned to them once the police had finished their investigation, but instead the police simply allowed him to walk back out into the city.

Now the debate over illegal immigration and sanctuary laws is raging once again (Has it ever really stopped?), and San Francisco is dead center in the debate.

Kathryn_Steinle_sanchezEarlier this week on CNN, the network’s chief law enforcement analyst, Harry Houck, decimate the city’s “Stupid Sanctuary Law” as the culprit behind the crime. In fact, he said that while he primarily blames the shooter for the death of Steinle, he also blames the politicians for passing such a ridiculous law.

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This woman would be alive today if they did not have this stupid sanctuary law in that crazy city of San Francisco. I blame not only the shooter, but also the responsibility has to lie on those politicians who implemented that insane law.

The immigration wanted him back after they turned him in. And there’s no way they can say they didn’t know what his record was, because every time somebody is arrested, they do a criminal investigation, a background investigation on a guy, what we call as a BCI check or III check in New York. And they’ll find out about every conviction and every time he was deported back to Mexico.



To offer an alternative view to Houck’s, CNN had earlier featured San Francisco city and county Sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi. Sheriff Mirkarimi argued that far from making the city a more dangerous place for law abiding citizens, sanctuary policies actually made the people of San Francisco “safer.”

“It makes us safer. I firmly believe it makes it safer. We’re a world-renowned city with a large immigrant population. And of that population is a population that is also here undocumented. From a law enforcement perspective, we want to build trust with that population. And our sanctuary city and other attendant laws have allowed us to do that.”



While I can follow the logic of the Sheriff’s argument, I think the evidence flies in the face of such “safety” claims. San Francisco can choose not to deport illegals if they want, but how releasing hardened criminals from their prison cells back onto their streets, instead of deporting them, makes the city safer… I just can’t grasp. It really doesn’t make sense.

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