Assuming that 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez is the right suspect, in the apparently random murder of Kathryn Steinle on Wednesday, 1 July, in San Francisco – and Sanchez is, of course, innocent until proven guilty – the case against lawless pro-illegal policies will be clear-cut.
The failure of Democrats and Republicans in Washington to cut off illegal entry across America’s southern border is why Sanchez was here in the first place. He’s here illegally, and he has already been deported five times.
He also has seven felony convictions in three different states (Arizona, Oregon, and Texas). According to the Daily Mail and NBC San Jose, he has “a slew of phony birth dates and aliases.” This all no doubt has something to do with why he’s been deported five times.
Yet he keeps getting back in. And here’s where the tale gets extra disgusting.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned Sanchez over to authorities in San Francisco on a drug felony warrant on 26 March. Let that sink in for a moment. ICE had Sanchez. Sanchez was handed over – reportedly to the San Francisco County sheriff – on a local drug warrant. (Note: San Francisco’s area government is a consolidated city-county government, in which the sheriff and city police have separate roles, but the governing body for all is the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.)
Now, with that in mind: ICE asked San Francisco at the time to notify the agency of Sanchez’s release, once the local authorities were done with him, and hold him on a “detainer” until ICE could pick him up.