Jury Finds Illegal Immigrant Not Guilty in Killing of Kate Steinle

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President Trump later signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday. "It is unconscionable that politicians across this country continue to endanger the lives of Americans with sanctuary policies while ignoring the harm inflicted on their constituents".

The case became a lightning rod for Trump and others in the push to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.

Without knowledge of his release, ICE officials would have to use sources and evidence to track down Lopez-Sanchez before he moves around the U.S.to possibly avoid deportation.

Steinle was killed while posing for pictures with her father on a San Francisco pier.

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

The timing and specifics of Steinle's tragic death catapulted the case into the national spotlight as a cause célèbre for then-candidate Donald Trump, who seized upon the death of "beautiful Kate", as he referred to her on the stump.

"When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public's safety at risk". "They did not obey the law".

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned San Francisco's sanctuary city policy in the wake of a not-guilty verdict. Sanctuary City policies limit cooperation between local law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Known as Kate, she was walking along the pier when she was struck by a bullet and died in her father's arms. The administration has appealed.

Zarate had claimed he found the gun used in the shooting wrapped in a T-shirt under a bench and that it went off accidentally, The Associated Press reported.

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.

Zarate most recently served five years in a federal prison in Victorville, Calif. On April 15, 2015, Zarate was freed from the San Francisco County Jail.

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and that as very bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that". "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Gillian Christensen, an ICE spokesperson, has said the detainer wasn't honored. Prosecutors said he meant to shoot and kill her. "She would still be alive today if her killer had been imprisoned or deported, as he should have been".