Albert Einstein once quipped that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It would appear the folks in San Francisco meet the definition of insanity as put forth by Einstein.
As reported by International Business Times:
Ten months after 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot dead on a pier in San Francisco, allegedly by a man living illegally in the U.S., local lawmakers and the sheriff came to an agreement Tuesday to reaffirm the city’s standing as a so-called sanctuary city.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, with the support of Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, to restrict local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials. Hennessy had previously threatened to set her own rules without the board’s approval, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Last year was a really challenging moment for our sanctuary city policy,” Supervisor John Avalos, who led the negotiations and is an advocate for immigrants’ rights, said. “But here, today, we have an update to our policy that we get to vote on to ensure that as a city we can unite all together on what the standard is going to be.”
The new agreement gives Hennessy, who was elected in November, the discretion to notify federal immigration officials of intent to release undocumented inmates if they have a violent or serious criminal conviction or if they have three or more nonviolent felonies.
It’s apparent the left has no compunction about ignoring our rule of law. You know what really causes me to laugh? When President Obama hands down an edict on high that States must comply with allowing folks to use the bathrooms and facilities of their “gender identity” in schools or else those States lose federal funding. Yet, we have a place like San Francisco that can violate our Constitution and disregard any respect of our national sovereignty and rule of law and face no federal funding consequences.
Herein lies another reason why we cannot allow another progressive socialist in the White House, perhaps ever again. If there is any doubt, it has to be clear that the protection of Americans takes second place to the radical immigration agenda of the liberal progressive left.
In case you’d forgottten:
The killing of Kathryn Steinle last year ago set off a national firestorm at a time when the ascendant Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was making a crackdown on illegal immigration central to his candidacy. He used San Francisco’s sanctuary city status and Steinle’s slaying as fuel in the debate over deporting undocumented [illegal] immigrants from the country.
The killing also led to congressional hearings in which Steinle’s father, who was with her when she was shot that day in July, asked federal lawmakers to change U.S. immigration laws.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez had been released from a San Francisco jail months before the killing after drug charges against him were dropped. He had previously been deported five times. Lopez-Sanchez’s lawyer has said the shooting was an accident, but it is not in dispute that he was holding the gun when it fired and killed Steinle.
Can you imagine what message this sends to Kate Steinle’s family? Can you imagine what this decision says to all those who have lost loved ones to criminal illegal immigrants allowed to find sanctuary in the United States?
And what is this “discretion” verbiage in notifying federal immigration officials? The Obama administration not only has released thousands of criminal illegal immigrants, which we have shared here at this website. He has also released other criminals back onto the streets. And now, cities like San Francisco say that this element can find a place of respite and that it will exercise “discretion” in complying with federal law.
I wonder what Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have to say to Kate Steinle’s family? A family who after a horrific loss just got a kick in the stomach from the city of San Francisco, from the progressive socialist left.
Albert Einstein also had another quote, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” But what’s even worse is when folks enable evil and also watch and do nothing when it happens. Insanity and cowardice the defining characteristics of the San Francisco City Council.
To the Steinle Family, please accept my humble apology that this Nation let you down.