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Hannity: 'It Was San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policies That Killed Kate Steinle'

Hannity: 'It Was San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policies That Killed Kate Steinle'

When a bullet from a gun in the hands of Jose Garcia-Zarate, a non-citizen in the US who had been arrested and deported multiple times, ricocheted off the ground and killed sightseer Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in July 2015, it set off a national debate, which then-candidate Donald Trump inflamed, over the merits or demerits of certain cities' policies of not actively enforcing federal USA immigration law or cooperating in handing over illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

President Trump late Thursday tweeted that the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial was "disgraceful", highlighting his apparent frustration at the resolution of a case he had cited during his presidential campaign as a justification for tougher immigration enforcement.

"This man, or this animal, that shot that wonderful, that attractive woman in San Francisco, this guy was pushed back by Mexico", Donald Trump told CNN in July 2015 shortly after announcing his candidacy.

In September, a federal judge in Chicago ruled the U.S. Justice Department can't withhold millions of dollars in grants supporting public safety from cities that refuse to share with federal officials the immigration status of suspects in custody.

He pointed out that Zarate was a seven-time felon who had been deported from the US five times before the fatal shooting. Jurors convicted the Mexican citizen only of being a felon in possession of a firearm Thursday, in the sixth day of deliberations after receiving the case last week.

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter said Steinle "would still be alive if we had a wall", referring to President Trump's call for the construction of a border wall between the USA and Mexico. Garcia Zarate admitted to accidentally firing the gun.

He was homeless at the time of the shooting and had multiple felony convictions on his record as well as five prior deportations to Mexico. "But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle?" he asked.

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But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and that as bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that".

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate found the gun at the pier.

After the verdict, Jim Steinle told the Chronicle he was "saddened and shocked". So that is something that sanctuary cities including San Francisco have always said they would comply with.

Known as Kate, she was walking along the pier when she was struck by a bullet and died in her father's arms. "I have met with numerous great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders".

The sheriff's department released him a few days later after prosecutors dropped the marijuana charge, despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deportation.

Trump also mentioned Steinle in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention after winning the Republican presidential nomination.

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