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President Donald Trump And Governor Greg Abbott Target Sanctuary Cities

Updated on February 8, 2017

President Donald Trump Moves Against 'Sanctuary Cities'

President Donald Trump vows to withhold federal funds from cities which provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
President Donald Trump vows to withhold federal funds from cities which provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

Tragic Murder of Kate Steinle Illustrates Sanctuary City Dangers

Kate Steinle had no reason to believe July 1, 2015, would be the last day of her life when she was brutally murdered by a five-time convicted illegal immigrant on one of the wharves of San Francisco, the poster city for Sanctuary Cities, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. But to whom do these so-called "sanctuary cities" provide sanctuary? Certainly not to Kate Steinle, who had her whole life ahead of her, until an illegal immigrant slayed her, according to news analyst Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News Channel Show, The O'Reilly Factor.

Kate Steinle Shot To Death In San Francisco

It was on July 1, 2015 that a then unknown assailant fired a stolen gun on Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district in San Francisco, California. The bullet reportedly ricocheted off the pavement, then hit 32-year old Kathryn (Kate) Steinle in the back. She was rushed to a hospital, but died two hours later. Later identified as the shooter was Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported five times. He was soon arrested for the murder of Kate and charged with her murder.

The timing of the tragic event was coincidental in that President Donald Trump had mentioned the need for greater border security only days before it happened. Candidate Trump was scorned by many in the news media as a result of his call for doing away with sanctuary cities at the time of his campaign speech. But even the mainstream media, which was stridently opposed to Trump, conceded Steinle's death strengthened his argument for stronger border efforts. The murder case became interwoven into the fabric of the 2016 presidential election as Trump referred to Lopez-Sanchez in support of his proposal to deport those living illegally in the United States. He also mentioned Steinle during his acceptance speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Shooting

Many San Franciscans were making dinner plans at 6:30 p.m. when Sanchez is alleged to have fired three messengers of death from a .40 caliber handgun on Pier 14, a tourist attraction area. One of the bullets struck Steinle in the back and pierced her aorta. She helplessly collapsed as her surprised father Jim tried to save her life. He performed CPR on Kathryn before paramedics arrived and rushed her via ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. Sanchez was arrested about an hour after the shooting at Pier 40, about a mile south of .Pier 14. Divers from a police boat the next day found the gun in the bay near Pier 14.

The gun used by Sanchez had been stolen in downtown San Francisco from a Bureau of Land Management officer's personal vehicle on June 27, 2015. The car's window had been smashed.

Bill O'Reilly Advocates For Kate's Law

Reactions to the senseless execution of Kate Steinle have been mixed. Bill O'Reilly the host of his own show The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News nightly, was shocked by the incident and has advocated for a Kate's Law in the United States Congress. He frequently mentions the incident on his nightly show, which reaches millions of people. The top-rated analyst has done a lot to keep the issue alive on a national level as an argument against Sanctuary Cities.

Not everyone has reacted in the same way as O'Reilly to the tragic slaying of the innocent citizen of California. A woman on a bus in the heart of San Francisco appeared puzzled by the name Kate Steinle a week later when this reporter mentioned the case to her. "Who's Kate Steinle?" she inquired, a blank look on her face. She then asked, "Where did this happen?" as though she wasn't aware the tragedy had occurred in her own city.

Politicians in San Francisco have acted in much the same way as the lady on the bus. They have done nothing to do away with the city's status as a Sanctuary City. Instead, they have even doubled down, saying San Francisco will always remain a Sanctuary City.

Kate Steinle With Father When Murdered By Illegal Alien

Kate Steinle---was with father in San Francisco when murdered by illegal immigrant in Sanctuary City.
Kate Steinle---was with father in San Francisco when murdered by illegal immigrant in Sanctuary City.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Declares War on Sanctuary Cities

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Feb. 2 announced he's declaring war on sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State. He clarified his position in his State of the State address Tuesday, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Austin became the first Texas city to announce it would remain and Sanctuary City in violation of the executive order signed by President Trump and the new directive from Gov. Abbott. Because of this, Abbott blocked $1.5 million in grant money to the city since Sheriff Sally Hernandez said that they would not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for illegals in Austin.

Sheriff Hernandez, a Democrat, announced after Trump's inauguration that her jails would only honor immigration holds in murder, aggravated sexual assault and human trafficking cases. A Travis County judge said the sheriff's actions were within the law, but Abbott might go as far as to remove sheriffs who refuse to comply, a threat made by Abbott at the end of January.

"We are going to crack down on this and ban sanctuary cities in Texas," Abbott told Fox News. "These sheriff's offices receive grants from the governor's office in the state of Texas, we are cutting off those grants to any sanctuary city. But however, we are in a Legislative session--we are working on laws that will, one, ban sanctuary cities, removed from office any office holder who promotes sanctuary cities and impose criminal penalties as well as financial penalties."

Greg Abbott vows war on Sanctuary Cities

Texas Governor Greg Abbott promised war on Sanctuary Cities in Texas withholds funds from Austin, Texas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott promised war on Sanctuary Cities in Texas withholds funds from Austin, Texas.

Sheriff Sally Hernandez Defies Governor Greg Abbott

It didn't take Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez long to defy Gov. Abbott's order as she said Wednesday the city's jails would no longer honor most federal immigration detainers, according to a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Hernandez soon learned decisions defying both the Governor and the President come with consequences. Abbott revoked state funds to Austin a day after he used his State of the State address to declare a "sanctuary city" ban an urgent priority for lawmakers. A Senate committee on Thursday was expected to vote on a bill that would deny state grant funds to jurisdictions that discourage "inquiring into the immigration status of a person under lawful detention or arrest."

President Trump only last week signed an order last week to withdraw funding from sanctuary cities that decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. It didn't specify what kind of money could be withheld. In California, San Francisco officials sued over the order, saying it was unconstitutional and an invasion of the city's sovereignty.

The federal government cannot "put a gun to the head of localities," San Franciso City Attorney Dennis Herrera said, arguing that the order violates states' rights and the law.

Sanctuary Cities Receive $27 Billion

Sanctuary cities receive over $27 billion each year from the federal government, providing President Trump will leverage over cities such as New York, San Francisco and Austin to enforce the immigration law, according to a new report entitled "Open The Books". This oversight report released Friday listed 106 sanctuary cities across the United States.

Twenty-two percent of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. live in just 12 American cities.

Greg Abbott Discusses Juan Rios

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently said, "Texas can't change federal immigration laws. What Texas can do is to enforce existing law. There are consequences, deadly consequences, to not enforcing the law. Juan Rios is a criminal alien who had been arrested in Texas multiple times and deported three times. Last September he went on a crime spree across Texas, killing two people and kidnapping another. One of his innocent victims was Welton Betts. Wlelton loved God, his family and the Dallas Cowboys. After leaving a Cowboys game last year, he stopped at a Texaco station in Cedar Hill where he was gunned down by Juan Rios. Mr. Betts' death is a tragedy. It's a tragedy repeated too often in Texas. It is time for Texas to take a stand."

Sanctuary States?

Recently, the Sanctuary City War has morphed into a Sanctuary State War. First, California made moves under Governor Jerry Brown to declare itself a Sanctuary State. Now the State of New York has announced it intends to become a Sanctuary State, according to Sean Hannity of Fox News. Is the United States headed for its second Civil War? Only time will tell.

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