On July 1, 2015, Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco as she walked with her father and a friend.
Jose Inez Garcia Zarate fired a .40-caliber handgun three times, and one of the shots he fired is what killed Kate.
On November 30, 2017, our justice system completely failed Kate, her family, and the rest of the nation when they acquitted the animal. He was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.
The California jury deemed the illegal immigrant innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt…..despite the fact that he actually admitted the his fault.
In fact, the jury did not even know about Zarate’s criminal past because it did not directly pertain to the actual killing of the 32-year-old woman thus was not allowed into evidence.
First, the city and county of San Francisco refused to turn the criminal Zarate over to ICE after the feds asked for him to be detained. The sheriff of the county allowed him to be released from jail knowing he had a long rap sheet and five deportations. Citing San Francisco’s Sanctuary policy, the sheriff and most other SF politicians were unrepentant even after Kate was shot by Zarate. Outrageous doesn’t even begin to describe that.
Almost immediately, I asked Congress to pass new legislation that I designed called “Kate’s Law.” That would mandate federal prison time for any foreign convicted criminal who returns to America after being deported.
Republican Senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ted Cruz (Texas), among others, supported the proposed law and I even spoke with Democratic Senator Charles Schumer (N.Y.) about it at the Al Smith dinner in New York City. Schumer told me he would “take a look at it.”
He said, “But Kate’s Law quickly ran into trouble courtesy of former Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who as the majority leader prevented a vote. The gutless Reid would not take questions about his action but did put forth that he thought Kate’s Law demonized immigrants.”
Two and a half years ago, I began covering the Steinle murder case and quickly came to the conclusion that politics had killed Kate along with the bullet. https://t.co/cQK11jqoP9
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 1, 2017
After Reid retired, Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could have put forth Kate’s Law for a stand alone vote but refused even though President Trump called for it. So why did McConnell take no action? He won’t say. Great.
At this point, the only justice possible in this terrible situation is to resurrect Kate’s Law, and prosecute Jose Zarate on felonious violations of immigration law. I expect Attorney General Sessions will do the latter.
O’Reilly believes that we need to work hard to make Kate’s Law a reality. We could not save Kate, but we can save many others with this law.
“I pray someone emerges,” O’Reilly concluded.