In the wake of the stunning not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a bill on Monday that would place large fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrants from deportation. This bill is one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies.
“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita told Fox News. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”
Rokita’s “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act” would hold state and local lawmakers criminally responsible for federal immigration enforcement noncompliance. Violators would pay up to $1 million in fines and up to five years in prison when convicted.
“It’s time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them,” said Rokita.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who had already been deported back to Mexico five times, and was a well-known drug dealer, was acquitted on Thursday in the 2015 murder of Steinle in San Francisco.
Prosecutors argued Zarate intentionally gunned 32 year old Steinle down, while Zarate’s attorneys painted a picture of an innocent man finding a gun and accidentally discharging the weapon.
The murder raised nationwide anger over San Francisco, and other sanctuary cities, protecting violent illegal immigrants.
President Trump reacted immediately after the verdict, calling it “disgraceful” and a “complete travesty of justice.”
The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions took direct aim at the city, saying San Francisco’s “decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”
Following the verdict, Zarate was convicted only of firearm possession. On Friday, the DOJ released an amended arrest warrant for Zarate for a supervised release violation.
The definition of a sanctuary city in the United States, is a city that limits it’s cooperation with the nation government effort to enforce immigration law. THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW AND PROTECTING VIOLENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. We need to stop this, now.