The Kate Steinle tragedy changed history – Orange County Register

The Kate Steinle case was always about more than just the Kate Steinle case.

The 32-year-old was shot in the back while walking with her father along San Francisco’s Pier 14. She collapsed and died in her father’s arms. It was July 1, 2015.

The bullet came from a gun stolen four days earlier from a federal ranger’s official vehicle, where it had been left unsecured and loaded. But the story wasn’t about carelessness.

The gun was fired by a man who was living on the street, but the story wasn’t about homelessness. And it wasn’t about gun violence.

The story was about illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, because of what had happened two weeks earlier.

Donald J. Trump announced on June 16, 2015, that he was running for president.

Illegal immigration was not a central part of Trump’s announcement speech in New York. His brief remarks about Mexico “not sending their best” people, and characterizing some of the immigrants as criminals and rapists, received intense news coverage, but most of the speech was about trade.

Then Kate Steinle was shot to death.

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