Jury Finds Illegal Immigrant Not Guilty in Killing of Kate Steinle

by Will Racke, The Daily Signal

A San Francisco jury found the illegal immigrant accused of killing Kate Steinle not guilty of murder Thursday, a stunning result in a case that ignited a nationwide debate over illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, was found not guilty on all counts in the 2015 shooting, except for felony possession of a weapon. Zarate faced a charge of second-degree murder, but jurors were instructed to consider first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

At trial, Zarate admitted to firing the shot that killed Steinle, 32, but contended that he had picked up a .40-caliber handgun underneath a bench on the San Francisco pier and accidentally fired it July 1, 2015.

A ballistics investigation revealed that the bullet skipped off the pavement before hitting Steinle in the back as she walked with her father on a popular pier, lending credence to Zarate’s claims that the shooting was an accident.

A Mexican national, Zarate–then known as Juan Francisco López-Sánchez–is a seven-time convicted felon who had been deported from the U.S. five times before the shooting.

Just months before the shooting, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials lodged an immigration detainer for Zarate with the San Francisco sheriff’s office, which declined the request.

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In an interview with local media, Zarate said he had made his way to San Francisco because he knew he would be less likely to be deported because of the city’s sanctuary policies. The incident sparked a nationwide debate over sanctuary cities and later became a central theme of Donald Trump’s campaign for president.

Jim Steinle, left, father of Kate Steinle, walks toward the courtroom at the San Francisco Hall of Justice on Oct. 23, 2017. (Photo: Laura A. Oda/TNS/Newscom)

This summer, the House of Representatives passed a bill known as Kate’s Law, which would toughen penalties for illegal immigrants who have been deported and then illegally re-enter the country.

The bill has not been taken up in the Senate.

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Commentary: The verdict is in on the Kate Steinle murder

NOT GUILTY!

by Debi Deason

The verdict is in regarding the Kate Steinle murder.

An illegal alien with seven criminal convictions, who had been deported five times previously and was still on probation in Texas for a drug conviction picked up a gun he “found” and fired it onto a crowded pier in San Francisco, ultimately striking Kate. Continue reading “Commentary: The verdict is in on the Kate Steinle murder”

Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas

by Debi Deason, Guest Contributor

According to an article in  “The Hill newspaper in April 2017 written by Ron Martinelli, in 2014 50% of all federal crimes committed in the United States were committed near the US/Mexico border.

In total, 27,436 of the 61,529 total federal crimes were committed in states that border Mexico.  The Western District of Texas had the most with 6,300 followed by the southern district of Texas at over 6,000. California Arizona and New Mexico or third fourth and fifth respectively.” Continue reading “Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas”

After Agent’s Death, Trump Declares US ‘Must Build the Wall!’

By Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal

President Donald Trump is renewing his demand that Congress fund a wall on the southern border after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed from injuries inccurred while working over the weekend in southwest Texas, while his partner was injured.

“Border Patrol officer killed at southern border, another badly hurt,” the president said in a tweet. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the wall!”

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were responding to “activity” in Van Horn, Texas. Martinez died and his partner, not named by officials or in news accounts, is reportedly hospitalized. News reports Monday morning said the government hasn’t confirmed what the agents were responding to.

The cause of death is not known. Jeanette Harper, with the FBI’s El Paso, Texas, office told the San Antonio Express-News: “They were not fired upon. There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.”

“Earlier this morning, I was notified that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of serious injuries suffered while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector of our southern border in Texas,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a public statement. The Border Patrol is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Duke continued:

Agent Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured. We are fully supporting the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this tragic event. On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also weighed in.

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What Facts Have the Media Ignored Regarding Illegal Immigration?

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Liberal-leaning media outlets have all but ignored the negative impact of illegal immigration. And in their desperate attempt to distort reform efforts aimed at improving public safety, they’ve also misled the public. But the facts published by Texas’ own government make a compelling case for the reforms that passed in 2017.

On May 7, 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), a bill that requires local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities in order to enforce existing immigration laws.

Local officials who violate the newly enacted law may face criminal sanctions. And as a result of an amendment authored by State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving), a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, these officials may also be removed from public office.

Despite the rampant media spin, SB 4 did not grant any new powers to local law enforcement officers, nor did it sanction “racial profiling.” In fact, it explicitly prohibits profiling. But many so-called reporters don’t read legislation, they recklessly recirculate liberal talking points. In a letter mailed to his constituents, Rinaldi wrote:

“SB 4 contains safeguards to protect individuals from racial profiling and prohibits law enforcement from inquiring as to the immigration status of those who report a crime. Contrary to many misleading news reports, local law enforcement is also prohibited from stopping any individual merely because they suspect them of an immigration violation.”

After Abbott signed SB 4, public sector unions and other liberal groups bused in hundreds of protestors to the Texas Capitol to protest what they called a “racist” law. The protest quickly turned into a violent mob, resulting in the unlawful disruption of Texas House proceedings.

Rinaldi said he received threats by two Democrat lawmakers, who were seen on video shoving Rinaldi on the House floor. Rinaldi was escorted out of the House chamber and placed under DPS protection. Predictably, many in the media labeled Rinaldi as the aggressor, rather than the victim.

While mainstream media outlets continued to distort the bill’s provisions, they also refuse to report on the public safety risk posed by illegal immigrants who have committed other crimes while living in Texas.

Since 2011 – according to Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) – there have been over 606,000 criminal offenses in Texas committed by 228,000 individuals with illegal status. Many of the crimes are violent in nature. Of the 606,000 crimes in total, 1,273 were murders, 72,203 were assaults, while 6,516 were sexual assaults. Rinaldi accurately described the positive public safety impact SB 4 could have:

“Of these 228,000 illegal immigrants, over 152,000 (66 percent) were identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as having illegal status at the time of their previous arrest. As a result, SB 4 should have a significant crime deterrent effect.”

The facts surrounding the negative impact of criminal aliens are overwhelming. Crimes committed by anyone – including illegal immigrants – put the safety of Texans and their families at risk.

While many in the dinosaur media have done their best to distort SB 4, the facts speak for themselves. Conservatives like Rinaldi should be commended for standing strong for the safety of all Texans, especially in the face of vicious attacks by Democrats and their media propagandists.

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UTRGV Police to uphold SB 4 law

Edinburg – UTRGV campus police may uphold the newly signed SB 4 bill, which will take effect September 1st. Recently, questions arose as to what University law enforcement will do in regards to the verification of someones immigration status. Under the SB 4 bill, law enforcement may face disbarment of state funding if they do not comply with the anti-sanctuary city law.

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LUPE set to confront City of Mission Mayor over border wall comments

The mayors comments in support of a border wall drew criticism from local open border groups.

Mission –  A delegation from LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) are set to arrive today at Mission City Hall to present a petition to Mission Mayor Beto Salinas objecting to comments he made to the Washington Post, regarding his support of the border wall.  In addition, LUPE is petitioning the Mayor to retract his support, demanding that he, and the city council draft a resolution to oppose the border wall. Members of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS), and supporters of border security will also attend to voice their support for Mr. Salinas.  The highly suggestive image below, created by LUPE, seeks to draw parallels between President Trump and Mayor Salinas.


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Governor Abbott signs ban on “sanctuary cities” local pro illegal immigration groups react

The bill, signed on Facebook Live, served as crushing blow to local pro-illegal immigration groups, who were quick to condemn the signing.

Austin – Governor Greg Abbot (R) signed into law, SB 4, an anti-sanctuary cities bill that would outlaw municipalities and county governments from creating legislation that would serve to protect and harbor illegal immigrants.  Abbots signed the bill after clearing both chambers of the Texas Legislature four days ago, and opted to mark the occasion by signing the bill on Facebook Live, rather than a traditional signing surrounded by the press. The law is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2017.

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May Day: Local organizations plan “Day without an Immigrant” protest

In addition to illegal immigrants, members of all alleged suppressed minority groups are encouraged to skip work tomorrow to protest immigration and labor laws.

Local – Local pro-illegal immigration advocacy groups, particularly La Union de Pueblo Entero (LUPE), are calling on the local community to join with them in skipping work to protest with a “Day Without an Immigrant.”  May Day, as the protest is commonly referred to has its origins as far back as late 1800’s, in which workers protested and striked for proper wages, labor hours, and working conditions.

In 2006, the May Day protested shifted to focus primarily on illegal immigration issues, particularly for total amnesty for the nations 11 million illegal immigrants.  Open border supporters believe protest is needed more so now that immigration authorities are now been empowered to enforce United States immigration laws and especially since the State of Texas has cleared a path for SB 4, which would outlaw sanctuary cities.  Continue reading “May Day: Local organizations plan “Day without an Immigrant” protest”

CBP detains illegal immigrant at Rio Grande City shopping center (Video)

Questions were raised on whether the CBP Agent profiled the woman before questioning her about her status.

Rio Grande City – A video surfaced on social media that depicted a woman being detained by a Customs and Border Protection Agent (CBP) at a Rio Grande City shopping center last Saturday.  The woman, Leticia Garcia of Harlingen, TX, was leaving the shopping center with a family member, when US CBP Patrol units pulled them over and began questioning the pair. It was at this time that Garcia’s family member began filming the ordeal.

The family member can be heard asking the agents “Why are you harassing us?” as one of the agents instructs Garcia to exit the vehicle.

Despite the perceived profiling by the agents, the woman ultimately was determined to being in the country illegally.

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