Where is the outrage? If you are listening to the official White House line, and the silence from California officials, Kate Steinle’s murder is simply an speedbump on the way to the greater good.
In an editorial for The Hill, Jon Feere points out that no one wants to talk about illegal immigrant crime, now that the consequences of sanctuary city policies have a face.
Politicians and activist groups that have been very vocal in promoting sanctuary policies in recent years are suddenly saying next to nothing about Steinle’s death or suspect Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (who has confessed to the killing, but now claims it was an accident).
Over Twitter, I asked Chicago Tribune columnist John Chapman, who wrote a piece headlined “Trump and the Myth of Immigrant Crime,” published a day after Steinle’s killing, whether he was going to cover the killing. His response: “It proves as much about undocumented Mexicans as John Lennon’s murder proves about white guys named Chapman.” I responded: “So that’s a no? A record in multiple states, Border Patrol & ICE failures, freed by a sanctuary policy — it’s a huge story.” No response. For amnesty advocates, Steinle is just a statistic to be ignored.
The politicians are no better. For simply asking San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascon over Twitter whether he was going to release a statement on the killing, he blocked my account. This is a guy who thinks of himself as a public servant. He’s a longtime sanctuary and amnesty advocate who is apparently hoping that if he hides long enough, the media will move on.
Also remaining nearly silent is San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee (D), who has been tweeting about women’s soccer (and directing all questions to the sheriff). California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who signed the state’s TRUST Act, allowing for sanctuaries, has clammed up. Other California pols who have promoted the city’s sanctuary policies have said next to nothing. This includes, for example, former San Francisco District Attorney and current California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) (also busy tweeting about soccer), who is vying for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D) seat; former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D); and the entire San Francisco Board of Supervisors who are tweeting about ice cream, jazz festivals and posting selfies taken on BART. I wish I were making this up.
Some media have pointed out the hypocrisy on the part of officials. Behold Megyn Kelly’s blistering monologue against the White House, who – as she points out – sent representatives to the funerals of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Freddie Gray, but not to Kate Steinle’s funeral.