That's Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) latest justification for so-called "sanctuary cities'" to ignore Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detainers. A detainer is the primary tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for deportation. It's a notice to another law enforcement agency that ICE intends to assume custody of an alien, and it includes information on the alien's previous criminal history, immigration violations, and potential risk to public safety or security.
From January 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014, local law enforcement agencies refused to comply with 8,811 detainers, resulting in aliens being released from custody.
|Francisco Sanchez, Illegal Alien|
On July 1, 2015, Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco, California. An illegal alien, Francisco Sanchez (AKA Jose Zarate), was arrested and charged with murder for the shooting.
Sanchez had been deported from the United States five times, and had been convicted of seven felonies. On March 26, 2015, a little over three months before Steinle's death, at the request of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, United States Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had turned Sanchez over to San Francisco authorities for an outstanding drug warrant. ICE had issued a detainer for Sanchez requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up. As a sanctuary city, San Francisco did not honor the detainer, releasing him because they found no active warrant for his arrest.
In response to the controversy, the House of Representatives passed what has been dubbed "Kate's Law", blocking states and cities from receiving federal law enforcement funding if they refuse to communicate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) due to that state or city's "sanctuary city" policies. The Democrats in the Senate filibustered the bill to death. Just like their racist Democrat forebears before the Civil War, today's Democrats believe in the doctrine of nullification - the doctrine that says that states may impede or prevent the operation and enforcement within its territory of a law of the United States.
And that takes us back to the opening comment from Senator Reid.
|Harry Reid (Scumbag - NV)|
An American citizen was murdered by an illegal alien who has no respect for our borders or our laws, in a city that has no respect for our laws.
And Harry Reid's response is that passing a "Kate's Law" bill or passing a law that would provide for mandatory prison sentences for multiple illegal entries into the U.S. would cost too much money.
If Reid's math is correct - that it would cost $3 billion to build the necessary prisons - that would amount to a little less than ten dollars per American citizen. In short, Kathryn Steinle would likely be very much alive today, for the cost of ten dollars per citizen.
Let me say for the record that I'm willing to pay my fair share.
Do you think Kathryn Steinle's parents would pay ten dollars to be able to get their daughter back?
"If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, we've got an obligation to try."
That was President Obama, in January, 2013, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.
"We've got an obligation to try." As long as it doesn't cost more than ten bucks, right, Harry?