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Killing of Pleasanton native ignites debate over 'sanctuary' cities

Man arrested in shooting had been deported five times

The killing last week of a woman who grew up in Pleasanton has revived the debate over so-called "sanctuary" cities and whether they help or hinder public safety.

San Francisco police arrested Francisco Sanchez, 45, Thursday on suspicion of shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who grew up in Pleasanton and graduated from Amador Valley High. Steinle had been on Pier 14 with her father when she was shot and killed.

Sanchez had been held earlier in the year in San Francisco jail but was released due to the city's "sanctuary" policy, which limits officers' inquiries into individuals' immigration statuses. He had also been deported to Mexico five times, most recently in 2009, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In jailhouse interviews over the weekend, Sanchez told several TV outlets that he found a gun wrapped in a T-shirt, and it went off when he picked up the gun.

San Francisco is one of several sanctuary cities in California. San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles and Fresno also prohibit local officials from inquiring about felons' immigration statuses or from detaining them solely based on that fact.

San Francisco became a sanctuary city in 1989 after a voter-approved ordinance.

Cities started calling themselves sanctuary cities in the 1980s as a way to aid refugees from Central America running from civil wars, according to Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis law school.

San Francisco's policy limits the detention of undocumented immigrants and officers' interaction with immigration authorities, Johnson said in an email interview.

"The purposes of these policies is effective law enforcement and the belief that immigrants are more likely to cooperate with police if they are not likely to be deported by cooperating with them," he said.

Johnson said many police chiefs and officers think sanctuary policies help combat crime by making it easier for victims who are undocumented to trust officers. On the other hand, he said, it sometimes prevents criminals "who should be removed from being removed" from cities.

The city's sanctuary policy has been in the public eye before. In 2008, a member of an El Salvadorian street gang shot a father and his two sons in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at that time. Some people pointed to the sanctuary policy as a reason the gang member hadn't been deported before the shooting.

Steinle's family has set up a GoFundMe.com account for donations to her favorite charities.

Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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34 people like this
Posted by Shelly W.
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Sanctuary's one thing, but shouldn't be for chronic criminals. Five deportations and seven felonies is ridiculous! Keep criminals off our streets and out of our country! Condolences to this young woman's family!


8 people like this
Posted by Scott
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Sad that San Francisco has made it safe for cats to keep their claws but cannot protect a simple multi-deported Hispanic male with a gun.


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Posted by Thomas
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

San Francisco politicians responsible for this idiotic policy have blood on their hands. I hope they pay a price for their stupidity that resulted in Kate Steinle's death but they probably won't. Prayers for her family.


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Posted by Heartfelt Condolences
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

My heart bleeds for this family. Such a tremendous loss.

At the same time, I am so opposed to what the Democrat Left (yes, and RINOs too) are doing to this country re: allowing illegals in. I am for LEGAL immigration.

However, I'm "just sure" this illegal had a "registered" gun too, since this was a "gun free" zone. More "gun control" would have stopped this shooting, right?

Notice there were "only" 84 shootings and 14 killings in Chicago over the July 4th weekend. Sure am glad the "gun control" regulations work "so well" there.


8 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Chicago is a another sanctuary city!


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Interesting to see how the the terms illegal immigrants, immigrants and undocumented workers are used interchangeably.

(San Francisco's policy limits the detention of immigrants and officers' interaction with immigration authorities, Johnson said in an email interview.
"The purposes of these policies is effective law enforcement and the belief that immigrants are more likely to cooperate with police if they are not likely to be deported by cooperating with them," he said.)

This statement is ridiculous. Why would a immigrant, ( a legal resident of the country by definition) worry about being deported. A illegal immigrant certainly would! and maybe and undocumented alien. but a legal citizen I don't think so.
This is a slick tactic used by those in favor of illegal aliens.
The facts are sanctuary cities attract criminals and increase crime. Any reasonable person can deduce that. You can debate how much crime and you can debate the effect of the increase in crime but you cannot debate that illegal aliens are attracted to sanctuary cites and thereby increasing crime by their very presence. In this case a death of a American citizen.
An alien who enters the united states illegally is an illegal alien.

From the IRS
Immigration Terms and Definitions Involving Aliens
A general summary of U.S. immigration terminology follows. Any references below to USCIS refer to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Alien
An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.

What is ILLEGAL?
Not authorized by law; Illicit ; unlawful; contrary to law.Sometimes this term means merely that which lacks authority of or support from law;but more frequently it imports a violation.
Law Dictionary: What is ILLEGAL? definition of ILLEGAL (Black's Law Dictionary)

We need honest representation and we need accountability. Those who favor of sanctuary cities are ignoring the law and the oath of affirmation that swore to.
A young women is dead because our officials ignored the laws and the constitution to gain personal political advantage and sold out America and its citizens.
They drove the Getaway car! they just happened to drive it to the crime not away from it.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm

My sincere condolences to the family, and my full respect to the father who has shown extreme composure and class throughout the interviews I've seen. You're carrying yourself much more composed than I would be.

I hope the family sues the crap out of San Francisco, or the government pulls funding. Provide a path for deserving immigrants, yes, not for low life's like this guy. Instead they choose to air on the side of everyone is deserving instead of making it difficult so only the deserving get help.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I believe Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has the most culpability - answerability for the release of undocumented immigrant Francisco Sanchez.

Immigration and Customs Control (ICE) provided an immigration retainer on Francisco Sanchez, to Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi made the decision to ignore that immigration retainer, and released Francisco Sanchez.


5 people like this
Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

So sad, it breaks my heart!...now, get a few ropes! Plenty of necks to stretch on this one.


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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Sorry above post belongs in the other thread...having said that, I have no tears for the perp. I love the Pleasanton Police, their job is tough enough without dirtbags and jackwads putting our police officers in harms way..


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Posted by Aman
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Many people are killed by police. Web Link


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Posted by Heartfelt Condolences
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm

If her services will be open to the public, I would like to show up in support of this wonderful family. Have the services been communicated anywhere?


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Posted by Anony
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Jul 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Guns kill people. No need to make guns illegal.

A tragic story.


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Posted by anony
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jul 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Gun deaths Web Link


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 6, 2015 at 5:55 pm

@Heartfelt: "However, I'm "just sure" this illegal had a "registered" gun too, since this was a "gun free" zone. More "gun control" would have stopped this shooting, right? "

Gun control seems to work just fine in Japan and other countries in reducing gun-related violence. Of course "gun free" zones are silly. Gun control has to consistently applied over the whole country to make sense.


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Posted by Dave Francis
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm

SANCTUARY CITIES AUTHORITIES HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS OF THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS BY ILLEGAL ALIENS.

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump did not lie, magnify his statements with rhetoric. For once we have a tough guy, who must be respected for telling the truth. The murder of a young women in San Francisco in just one of the ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in America, has blood on their hands. Another murder in Laredo, Texas by another illegal alien is showing the consequences of this these outlaw cities. In truth and Obama and his Politically Correct Police also cannot remove the blood from their hands for forcing millions of illegal aliens into our communities on unsuspecting citizens.

Those politicians that have the nerve to criticize Mr. Donald Trump on illegal immigration crime have no knowledge of what they are talking about—or they just don’t want to know? They speak out without researching the facts, as they live in gated communities, high rises or out in the suburbs in isolated communities—away from the real world.

They are a bunch of no-nothings who have been brainwashed by their rich donors, to manipulate the true terms of immigrant? They are not immigrants! The reality is these people are illegal aliens, because they chose to break the law. Congress has made it easy to recruit ‘Cheap Labor’ as the rule of Law, dumbfounds honest taxpayers. To enter America is a civil offense. American taxpayers have been played like an old fiddle for decades, with a bunch of stupid unenforceable laws. Entering America at any port of entry without permission, including OVERSTAYS, should be a class 1 felony.

Neither Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton are not going to enforce US/ Mexican border laws, as their wealthy chaperones who follow them around from ‘K’ street, have already bought their loyalty. Nobody can intimidate Donald Trump.

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Don't let anyone try to fool you. These illegal aliens are not legal immigrants.


In 2013 of the 36,000 criminal aliens released back onto our streets, into our towns and cities, backyards and playgrounds 1,000 of them went on to commit new crimes--assault with a deadly weapon, lewd acts with a child, aggravated assault, robbery, hit-and-run...

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