Undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle murder trial

Undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle murder trial

Undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle murder trial

"For Donald Trump, we were just what he needed-beautiful girl, San Francisco, illegal immigrant, arrested a million times, a violent crime and yadda, yadda, yadda", Steinle's mother, Liz Sullivan, told the San Francisco Chronicle months after her daughter's death.

During the presidential race, then-candidate Donald Trump cited the killing as a reason to toughen USA immigration policies. Before the killing, he had been released from a San Francisco jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed.

Trump seized on the Garcia Zarate case during the campaign as proof that the USA needs his much-hyped - and still un-built - border wall.

The jury of six men and six women - including three immigrants - found Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide.

Sessions says San Francisco's "decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death" of Kate Steinle.

A large photo of Kate Steinle is shown while her dad Jim Steinle testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. "I urge the leaders of the nation's communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers".

According to the Chronicle, the San Francisco Superior Court jury found Zarate not guilty of assault with a firearm, and convicted him of being a felon in possession of a gun.

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The defendant had been deported five times.He was scheduled for a sixth deportation in 2015 while he was in federal custody for felony reentry.

The semi-automatic handgun used to kill Steinle was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger a week before the shooting.

The sheriff's department released him a few days later after the district attorney dropped the marijuana charge, despite a USA request to detain him for deportation. Under local sanctuary city rules, local law enforcement won't hold a person beyond the term of their incarceration.

Trump signed an executive order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities, but a federal judge recently blocked it in a lawsuit from two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara.

He had been deported five times before.

"My opponent wants Sanctuary Cities".

Yet in aftermath of his sister's death, Brad Steinle spoke out against then-candidate Trump for "sensationalizing" her death. "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

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