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Controversy Swirls Around Verdict For Kate Steinle's Killer

An amended federal arrest warrant has been issued for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican immigrant who has been acquitted of murdering Kate Steinle on a pier in San Francisco. Although a jury found Mr. Zarate not guilty of murder, they did not acquit him of possessing a firearm while being registered as a felon.

The saga of Mr. Zarate has become the center of an ongoing national debate about immigration reform and the legality of sanctuary cities. The criminal’s original warrant, which was issued by the U.S. District Court of Western Texas, specified that Mr. Zarate serve 46 months in prison after he was convicted of entering America illegally.

After serving this sentence, Mr. Zarate was released on a 3-year supervised term. In the first year after being released, Mr. Zarate was implicated in the murder of Kate Steinle. According to CBS, Mr. Zarate – who has been charged with possession of a firearm as a felon – killed Ms. Steinle by accident when he picked up a gun on a pier and it misfired. When Mr. Zarate, who was the prime suspect in the high-profile murder, was unveiled as an illegal immigrant, the story immediately went viral.

The story received even more attention after Ms. Steinle’s parents were interviewed on national television. "We're just shocked -- saddened and shocked ... that's about it," said Jim, Ms. Steinle's father, after hearing the verdict from the jury. "There's no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered, but it was not served."

Even President Trump weighed in on the case, calling the proceedings a "complete travesty of justice.” However, most of the fallout from the death of Ms. Steinle continues to fall on the sanctuary city of San Francisco. Even after Mr. Zarafte was acquitted of murdering Ms. Steinle, San Francisco is still being criticized for its lack of cooperation with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Despite the negative publicity, city officials are not backing down, with a spokesperson for Mayor Ed Lee telling CBS: "San Francisco is and always will be a sanctuary city.”

In response, Attorney General Jeff Session has slammed the city for interfering in deportation efforts. "San Francisco's decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle," Sessions declared in a prepared statement. "I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers."

Unsurprisingly, conservative commentators are using the incident to push for stricter laws on sanctuary cities and immigration reform. “Its official California now cares about illegal aliens more than American citizens and will protect them over americans…” wrote one commenter. “There were three immigrants on the jury.. this was a set up from the beginning!! F**k san Francisco and California as a whole!!!”

Another commenter quickly agreed, writing: “What a big crock of s**t! I didn’t think illegals could serve on a jury but then again our former crooked president encouraged illegals to vote. Fed up with our corrupt government & liberal judges! Hope they all burn in hell.”

Source: Independent Journal Review, CBS News
Photo: YouTube

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