Sunday, July 12, 2015
White House "Comment" on the Murder of Kate Steinle
Last week, ABC White House reporter Jim Avila asked White House spokesperson Josh Earnest about the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco at the hands of an illegal alien criminal who had been released from jail without being turned over to ICE for (his 6th) deportation. Earnest would not comment on the case itself, but had a lot to say about the Republicans blocking the president from making "the kind of investment that we would like to make in securing our border and keeping our communities safe".
What? Why hasn't President Obama said to the press that Kate "could have been my daughter"? That's what he had to say about Treyvon Martin when he was shot and killed ( in self-defense) by George Zimmerman.
Remember Michael Brown? The President specifically asked us to remember him.
"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve."
President Obama has made no statement about Kate Steinle.
To be fair, the President cannot come out and issue a statement either in writing or verbally about every murder that takes place in the US. He wouldn't have time for anything else. However, he made statements on the Martin and Brown deaths because they had ignited a public firestorm. The public was talking about them, there was the threat of public unrest, and everyone wanted to hear what the President had to say. Fair enough.
The murder of Kate Steinle also fits into this category, albeit for different reasons. Different arguments are in play here. Here also we have a firestorm of emotions and questions being asked about our legal system. Yet the President has no comment. There is no phone call to the victim's family and no White House reps attending the funeral.
Instead, Obama sends out his spokesman to blame the Republicans for obstructing his immigration plans.
Excuse me, but I don't hear the Republicans defending sanctuary cities. There are over 300 towns and counties that practice the sanctuary policy. How many do you think are controlled by Republicans? There may be a few, but everywhere I look major cities that are "sanctuary certified" are Democrat-controlled. Everyone knows that Republicans tend to be more hard line on illegal immigration and controlling our borders. That stuff about investments in securing our border and keeping our communities safe is pure double-talk.
The plain truth is that Obama cannot come out and express outrage at the death of Steinle by a man who should never have been in this country because it leads directly to the next issue and the next question:
Why didn't the San Francisco County Sheriff notify ICE that Francisco Sanchez was about to be released or simply transport him back to federal custody? Do you support the idea of local police not cooperating with your federal immigration authorities? Do you think Obama wants to be dragged into that conversation? Clearly not because he favors sanctuary cities. He favors virtually anybody who wants to cross our borders, legally or illegally, get on that pathway to citizenship, and pull the lever dutifully for Democrat candidates in five years. It is all part of Obama's plan to be a transformational president and to "fundamentally transform" the United States of America-a country that he always professes to love (just like Israel, but that is a different topic). Why would anyone want to fundamentally transform a country he professes to love?
President Obama. Pick up that phone and call Kate Steinle's parents. Explain your immigration policy to them.