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FAIR: Kate Steinle's Death Was Preventable, and Congress Must Act Now to Secure the Border and End Sanctuary Jurisdictions


WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), in response to the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter in Kate Steinle murder case:

"The nation is rightfully shocked and heartbroken that a five-time deported criminal alien – who should never have been in the country in the first place – will get off nearly scot-free in the killing of Kate Steinle.  Her death was completely preventable, and is yet another example of Congress failing to do its most important job:  ensuring the safety of the American public.

"Congress has repeatedly failed to put the national interest first in immigration policy. Instead of focusing on funding the border wall and administering strong penalties against dangerous sanctuary city jurisdictions, Congress is currently consumed in offering yet another amnesty program for illegal aliens. Even more outrageously, Democratic leadership is threatening to shut down the government as a way of forcing through this controversial proposal. 

"Hopefully, this tragic verdict will serve as a teachable moment for elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Congress must now focus on the safety of the American people by securing the border and enhancing immigration enforcement.  Until that goal is achieved, all other immigration benefits, such as an amnesty for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, should be set aside."

Contact:  Joe Gomez,; 202-742-1843

ABOUT FAIR        
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group.  With more than 1.3 million members and supporters nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests.  FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

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