Year After Kate Steinle Death, GOP Maintains Rhetoric on Immigration

What better way to honor a dead woman than to continue to shamelessly politicize her death? If you’re the legions of immigrant-hating conservatives among us, that’s exactly what you do.

A year ago today, Kate Steinle was killed on Pier 14 in San Francisco in what the suspected shooter has said was an accident. That man — Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who’s awaiting trial on first degree murder charges — became the most famous undocumented immigrant in America, and San Francisco became the most famous sanctuary city. Ours was a town where violent and hateful criminals from other countries came because they knew they could find safe harbor and plot their destruction of white America without fear of interruption. Sounds totally reasonable, right?

If you’re failed presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, himself an immigrant from Canada, or blowhard plastic face Bill O’Reilly, who we’re not sure is entirely human, that scenario is not only accurate, it must be stopped through legislation bearing the victim’s name. And now, since the legislation has gone nowhere in the past year, Cruz and O’Reilly and others who hate things that are different are using the anniversary of Steinle’s death to push their political agenda yet again.

Cruz’s bill is supposed to make it to the Senate floor next week. Here’s some well-manicured rhetoric from the senator himself, which no doubt was written by one of his unpaid interns: “The problem of illegal immigration in this country will never be solved until we demonstrate to the American people that we are serious about securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws. Congress must prevent cities from harboring illegal aliens, and it must hold this Administration accountable for its failure—if not its outright refusal—to enforce federal immigration laws and ensure the safety and security of the American people.”

Lopez Sanchez had a long rap sheet for getting caught entering the country illegally many times, although no violent record, making him the perfect example of some people’s desire to criminalize immigrants for simply being immigrants.

National Review, which probably is not widely read in San Francisco, pointed out that Cruz’s bill has about as much substance as the senator’s presidential campaign, since of course it’s already illegal to re-enter the U.S. if you’ve been deported. A different bill, from Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, goes after certain federal funding for cities that have sanctuary policies. That could potentially harm San Francisco, although it’s unlikely to make it all the way to a presidential signature. Nevertheless, Toomey wants you to know he’s serious:

It’s been a year since Steinle’s death, and we offer condolences to the family. In that time, many thousands more people have died as a result of gun violence. Where are our elected leaders on that topic? Oh, right.

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