Letters to the editor – Democrats illogical in support of illegals

DEAR EDITOR:

Only in Washington will you find politicians so wrapped up in themselves, their party and crazed ideology that they won’t come together to pass legislation for safety of the American people.

Though the House passed two common-sense, safety-focused bills June 29, it’s beyond comprehension that most Democrats voted against “Kate’s Law” and the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.”

Democrats obviously do not prioritize the safety and security of Americans. Leftists do their best to hoodwink normal Americans into accepting their San Francisco-style values like the absurd presumption that it is moral to break federal immigration law and shelter those who illegally cross our borders instead of following the rule of law to protect U.S. citizens.

A little background on the two bills. Lawmakers introduced Kate’s Law after an illegal immigrant killed a San Francisco woman, Kate Steinle. Although her killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had a lengthy list of felony convictions and deportations, sanctuary city policies meant the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department would not honor a detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs, ICE. Sheriff officials said they found no active warrant for his arrest, so rather than contacting ICE to pick him up, they released him and he killed American Kate Steinle.

In San Francisco Lopez-Sanchez found sanctuary while Steinle did not. Kate’s Law serves to enforce immigration laws already on the books, imposing mandatory minimum prison sentences for lawbreakers like Lopez-Sanchez, should they re-enter the U.S. post-deportation.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act cuts off federal grant money to safe-harbor cities and forces sanctuary-city leadership to take responsibility for their actions, opening the way for victims of illegal-immigrant crimes to sue. We are only talking about illegal (not legal) immigration.

The left’s obsession with protecting lawbreakers at taxpayers’ expense is baffling. Taxpayers in San Francisco are set to foot the bill for a $190,000 lawsuit brought by an illegal immigrant who sued when a police officer obeyed federal immigration laws and report his whereabouts to ICE.

A Harvard-Harris Poll survey found 80 percent of voters reject sanctuary cities.

Senate Democrats will try to defeat these two bills using the lame excuse that supporting this legislation might increase fear in the immigrant community. Apparently, there is nothing more petrifying than obeying the law.

But the main reason is Democrats see illegals as votes for their party.

It would be nice to believe Senate Democrats will set aside their partisanship and emotions and do what’s right for Americans.

Democrats will march into the 2018 midterm elections weak on crime and promoting identity (gender, race, sex) politics, thereby seeing the same results as the 2016 elections.

CATHY LUKASKO

Brookfield

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