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Washington, December 7, 2017 | comments
Any country where the Kate Steinle tragedy can happen is not a country with a sane immigration policy. Kate Steinle proves that we are not there yet.
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WASHINGTON -- US Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) delivered the following remarks in response to the Kate Steinle case. See Congressman Ted Budd’s remarks here and below:

Mr. Speaker, on July 1st 2015, Kate Steinle was walking with her father on a pier in San Francisco.  While she was on the pier, she was shot to death by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times.  He had been convicted of seven felonies.  Before he murdered Kate Steinle, the federal government had asked the city to turn him over so he could be deported again.  The city, following its policy of not cooperating with federal immigration officials, released him from jail.  He murdered Kate Steinle three months later.  

A few days ago her killer was declared “not guilty” by a San Francisco jury.  For now, there is no justice for Kate Steinle.  

There is a question in this, though for all of us.  It’s a question we should ask whenever we’re confronted by a terrorist attack conducted by asylees, like the Boston Bombing, or the San Bernardino massacre where one of the attackers, was in the United States on a K-1 visa.  

Why was this person in our country?  In the case of Kate Steinle, we now know exactly why.  The City of San Francisco’s policy.  The city is an accomplice to Kate Steinle’s death.  Pure and simple.  

They have defied and continue to defy federal law.   They defied it in general, by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities as a blanket policy. And they defied it in the specific case that led to the death of Kate Steinle.  

This is a radical policy and I don’t use that word lightly.  You have an illegal immigrant, convicted of multiple crimes in addition to coming here illegally five times.  The federal government tries to send the guy home a sixth time.  The city lets him go because they ignore the law.  He murders someone.  

The results of this city’s extremism is a shattered family.  The result is a father who will never see his daughter again.  The result is a mother who has to face the worst nightmare of every parent.  These are the terrible facts of this tragedy, Mr. Speaker, and there is nothing we can do in this body to change them.  

What we can do is move forward towards an immigration policy that is based on sound principles.  For the radicals this will be a radical change.  For everyday Americans this is common sense.  

On this front, there are three fundamental principles to a sane immigration policy:

First, Americans have the right to determine who becomes a citizen through laws.  It’s right there in the Constitution. Article I, Section 8, provides Congress with the explicit authority to regulate naturalization

Second, who comes here should be in the best interest of Americans.  The number of known criminals we need to be letting in is zero.  The number of people who cannot read and cannot speak English we need to be admitting is zero.  The number of radical Islamists, of drug addicts we should be letting in--zero.  We are ready and willing to welcome hardworking immigrants who are ready to pay taxes, to follow our laws, and to build our country together.  

Third, we have the right to enforce our choices through immigration laws.  We should stop sanctuary cities, and enforce sanctions against those who hire illegal labor.  We should build President Trump’s border wall, a policy that has worked unbelievably well in Israel.  Most people agree that law enforcement is an effective deterrent against committing crimes.  Illegal immigration is no different.

Mr. Speaker, according the Pew Research Center, the population of illegal immigrants in North Carolina, has gone up by 14,000 percent, from 25,000 people in 1990 to 350,000 people as of 2014.  We have got to get this under control. Any country where the Kate Steinle tragedy can happen is not a country with a sane immigration policy.    

I hope we never again have to ask the question after a tragedy, “why is this person in our country?” because I hope the answer will be widely known: that we have a reasonable immigration system that benefits all Americans and does everything within reason not to bring in people who will hurt us.  

Kate Steinle proves that we are not there yet.  But I believe we could get there one day.  

Mr Speaker, I yield back.  

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