Rep. King 'Sickened' by Steinle Verdict, Pledges to Fight 'Every Form' of Amnesty
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Following the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) pledged to spare no effort in opposing "every form" of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The illegal alien who, no one disagrees, killed Kate Steinle is found NOT guilty in sanctuary city, San Francisco. Sickening! I️ will spare no effort to do my own killing-of all amnesty in every form!
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 1, 2017
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times, shot and killed Steinle while she was walking on a San Francisco pier with her father in July 2015.
On "The Story," King said it's "sickening" not only that Zarate was in the U.S. in the first place, but also that a San Francisco jury on Thursday found him not guilty of murder.Article continues below
After the shooting in 2015, King sponsored "Kate's Law," which would enhance penalties for convicted and deported criminals who re-enter the U.S. illegally.
The legislation, which was named in honor of Steinle, passed the House in 2016, but stalled in the Senate. Some lawmakers are now calling for it to be revived after Thursday's verdict.
King pointed out that Zarate admitted to firing the shot that killed Steinle, but his lawyers maintained the shooting was accidental.
"They don't want to find him guilty of first- or second- degree murder or negligent homicide, and they found him guilty of a gun charge," King said. "They're anti-gun, but they're not anti-murder in San Francisco is what it looks to me like."
He said it's beyond a reasonable doubt that Zarate was responsible for Steinle's death, yet he’s been given “amnesty” by a jury in a sanctuary city.
"It is a tragedy of justice, and I'm sickened by it."
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