Millions of Americans were furious last week when illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder charges in the case of Kate Steinle. The acquittal came as a major wakeup call as the murder took place in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.
Now, a Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would intensify the punishments for officials who shelter illegal aliens in these sanctuary cities.
A Republican congressman plans to introduce a bill Monday that would threaten huge fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial.
Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita’s bill is one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies, going beyond the Justice Department’s threat to cut off grants to those jurisdictions.
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita told Fox News. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”
His “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act” would hold state and local lawmakers criminally responsible for refusing to comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The Republican’s bill would subject violators to a $1 million fine and up to five years in prison if they are convicted.
“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” said Rokita.
This crackdown is absolutely necessary after the miscarriage of justice that took place last week. The law is the law, and like Rokita said, officials do not get to cherry pick which laws they want to adhere to and which laws they don't.
Steinle's killer had been deported numerous times and had no business being in the United States in the first place, yet people like him are given sanctuary in San Francisco because Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are not able to do their jobs there.
If Americans want to protect themselves, it is absolutely necessary that sanctuary cities be disbanded once and for all. For the sake of the Kate Steinles of the world, we certainly hope this bill goes forward.