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Trump’s DOJ to Step In After Illegal Immigrant Gets Away With Brutal Murder

Following the stunning acquittal Thursday evening of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a five-time-deported illegal immigrant who had been on trial for the murder two years ago of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle, the Justice Department announced it will investigate the case to see if it can seek federal charges against him.

“We’re looking at every option and we will prosecute this to the fullest extent of the law because these cases are tragic and entirely preventable,” said DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores to Fox News, adding that possible charges could include felony re-entry or a charge for the violation of his supervised release.

Instead of being convicted of murder, Zarate — also known by the alias Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — wound up receiving a conviction for being a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm. The conviction on the minor charge could entail Zarate serving as little as 16 months in prison, according to The New York Times.

Zarate shot Steinle on July 1, 2015, on San Francisco’s Pier 14.

Flores noted in her statement to Fox that local governments with sanctuary city policies should “reconsider” their laws given the hell experienced by Steinle’s family.

“This is a person who had been deported five times — he knew about San Francisco’s sanctuary policies,” she said. “This is a person that never should have been on that pier, and Kate Steinle would still be alive.”

During the opening monologue of his Fox News show Thursday, political commentator Sean Hannity echoed a similar point, bluntly suggesting “(i)t was San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies that killed Kate Steinle.”

“They did not obey the law,” Hannity said. “They followed these ridiculous liberal policies, and because of their stupidity and their ‘form of justice’ and caring more about the rights of illegal, convicted felons, tonight Kate Steinle is dead and her family has received no justice.”

President Donald Trump weighed in on the verdict as well, expanding the blame to encompass former President Barack Obama, who during his presidency awarded several sanctuary cities with federal grants, and Democrat lawmakers, who continue to champion illegal immigration:




Attorney General Jeff Sessions likewise released a statement slamming jurisdictions that “choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities” for placing “the public’s safety at risk.”

“San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle,” he said.

Sessions vowed the DOJ would “continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens” and urged local leaders “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.”

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