Trump calls Kate Steinle verdict “disgraceful”

President Trump tweeted there was a “disgraceful verdict” after a Mexican man was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile killing that touched off a fierce immigration debate.

Mr. Trump’s tweet comes three hours after Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty in the killing of Kate Steinle. Jurors did convict him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mr. Trump says it is “no wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.” 

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when the shooting happened. He said it was an accident. The jury found him not guilty on murder and manslaughter charges but he was convicted on a gun charge. 

During the presidential race, then-candidate Donald Trump cited the killing as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies, CBS San Francisco reports. Mr. Trump later signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday.  

Kate Steinle, left, and Jose Ines Garcia Zarate

CBS San Francisco

Under a sanctuary city law, the San Francisco sheriff’s department had released Garcia Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement calling Steinle’s death “unconscionable that politicians across this country continue to endanger the lives of Americans with sanctuary policies while ignoring the harm inflicted on their constituents.”

After Steinle’s death, Fox News has advocated for a law called “Kate’s Law” that would enhance penalties for convicted and deported criminals who reenter the United States illegally. But Steinle’s father, Jim Steinle, told the San Francisco Chronicle in a piece titled “Leave Kate Steinle’s name out of the immigration debate,” said “it certainly wasn’t us” who coined the phrase “Kate’s Law.” 

Steinle’s family told the San Francisco Chronicle that they still supported santacutary cities, but they believed San Francisco when the former sheriff effectively ordered his department to cut off communication with federal immigration…

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