After a surprisingly successful G20 Summit in Germany, President Trump will push the do-nothing Senate to pass “Kate’s Law” this week. The bill passed the House with bi-partisan support but has taken a second seat to the GOP’s unfavorable repeal/replace Obama healthcare legislation that continues to get pushed down the legislative agenda.
“Kate’s Law” was written after an illegal alien; Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (a multiple count felon with six deportations) murdered Kate Steinle in San Francisco. The murder cut short the life of a 32-year-old woman and sparked nationwide condemnation when it was reported that the City by the Bay, considered a sanctuary city, released Lopez-Sanchez knowing he had an outstanding ICE detainer.
Passage of Kate’s law by the Senate will fulfill another campaign promise that President Trump made shortly after Steinle was murdered in 2015.
The Law also shares broad support with the American people. A new Rasmussen Reports survey found that 63 percent of likely voters favor the law that increases criminal penalties for illegal aliens who reenter the country unlawfully.
Meanwhile, on the southern border President Trump’s “winning strategy” continues with the number of illegal aliens crossing into the US illegally reporting well below stats under former President Obama.
According to government data released Friday from Customs and Border Protection, approximately 21,659 individuals were arrested in June of this year. The figure represents a 53 percent decrease, year-to-year.
That being said, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that some prosecutors are reducing or modifying charges filed against illegal aliens in an effort to keep them from being deported. The article says, “For noncitizens, minor crimes like shoplifting can result in deportation. But a growing number of district attorneys say they offer immigrants accused of crimes (favorable) plea deals to help them avoid that fate.”
So much for Lady Justice’s “blindfolded” view of the application of the rule of law, as it is a certainty legal residents are unlikely to get the same favored treatment.
WSJ continues, “The prosecutors, including at least six in jurisdictions on the East and West coasts, purposely avoid reaching plea agreements or sentences that might trigger a noncitizen’s (illegal alien) deportation or prevent his or her re-entry into the country. It is an arrangement that proponents say protects some noncitizen immigrants from the disproportionate consequences of minor convictions.” Critics like US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says this practice is unethical and treats legal residents and nonresidents contrarily. “These local prosecutors, who have significant discretion in how they charge crimes, say they are also promoting public safety by courting immigrant constituents’ trust.”
Of course, under the Rule of Law, all defendants are treated equally, but many sanctuary cities are openly interpreting federal law to suit their politics. Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “I saw what were, in my opinion, many miscarriages of justice.” His office has hired two immigration lawyers, at taxpayer’s expense, to rework policies to reduce the charges for those facing deportations for crimes like shoplifting.
Critics argue these are the policies that are responsible for making America less safe. Attorney General Sessions described his worries, “It troubles me that we’ve seen district attorneys openly brag about not charging cases appropriately under the laws of our country, so that provides an opportunity for individuals not to be convicted of a crime that might lead to deportation.”
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch acknowledged that these policies are “dangerous and arguably unconstitutional.”
Adding insult to injury, President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said, “You don’t give people special treatment for prosecutorial decisions based on country of origin or immigration status. The logic here is American citizens might be prosecuted more harshly for the same crimes.”
With weekly headlines like: “Illegal Immigrant Isabel Martinez murdered her husband and four of five children; A repeatedly deported criminal alien from Mexico allegedly ran down three women with his car; Prosecutors in Wyoming charged a criminal alien from Peru with homicide and assault in connection with an alleged drunk-driving; An illegal alien is one of three teenagers who are accused of scalding a Georgia woman with hot water and raping her in front of her children;” it’s easy to see that middle America is fed up with Beltway politics.
In addition to those egregious crimes, many illegal immigrants act as drug mules to pay “coyotes” or cartels for safe passage into the US. Many of these illegal aliens are simply “seeking a better life,” but transnational crime syndicates are always looking to exploit vulnerable illegal border crossers to move drugs into America.
Unfortunately, those illicit drugs are eroding American communities. According to government data, the majority of the drugs enter the US through the southern border and wreak havoc in poorer neighborhoods. As a result, law enforcement is forced to prioritize what crimes are more important to protect communities.
Leading the charge to change that narrative is retired Marine General and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The General ended his 45-year military career as Chief of Southern Command, a unit that combats the flow of illicit drugs from Central and South America. He worked alongside DEA, FBI and CIA in an effort to combat transnational drug cartels.
During his tenure as DHS Secretary, Kelly has worked quietly to implement President Trump’s priorities of protecting the homeland from terror attacks, eradicating drugs and yes, building that wall.
Last week, the General traveled to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto to discuss the violence and cartels.
In a statement Kelly said, “We are actively discussing how we can jointly combat illicit traffic across our shared border, such as illegal immigration coming north, and bulk cash and firearms flowing south. We are also examining how we will use technologies, data-sharing, joint training and harmonized business practices to improve trade and legal travel between our countries, making it faster, more efficient and more secure… Yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel to the southwest part of the country, to meet with General Cienfuegos and Admiral Soberon. There I had the chance to talk with the soldiers and Marines working to eradicate mountainous poppy fields. As a former general, it was good to be out talking with the troops. Particularly these troops, who put their lives on the line to stop the production and transfer of drugs that otherwise would make their way into the U.S. bringing the accompanying violence and death.”
The Secretary also pointed out that last year in America 60,000 Americans died of drug overdoses; that figure does not include the number of deaths south of the border who are involved in the deadly cartels’ trade. And that multi-billion dollar a year industry has propelled Mexico into the world’s second most dangerous country behind Syria.
“I acknowledged to my counterparts that America’s insatiable appetite for drugs is the cause of much of the turmoil on their side of the border. I pledged to continue to work with our government – and anyone else who can help in this fight – to address drug demand reduction in the US,” Kelly concluded.