“Kate Steinle would still be alive today if it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policy followed by the city of San Francisco,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said today, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 to the Examiner during a reception held at the home of Texas Senator Craig Estes and his wife Jennifer in Wichita Falls, Texas. Abbott made his comments after Sen. Estes praised the governor for opposing sanctuary city policies. Abbott explained the sanctuary city policy to the gathering. He said one of the most dangerous aspects of sanctuary cities is that sheriffs ignore ICE detainers by the federal government to hold illegal immigrants in custody.
His reference to Kate Steinle revolved around an incident last summer when the 32-year old Steinle was walking along the pier by the Embarcadero in San Francisco with her father. An illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and convicted of four felonies was released by then San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirakami from jail despite the fact Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) had requested the sheriff call them and let them know. Instead of notifying ICE so they could pick him, the sheriff released him. He then shot and killed Steinle. He later admitted from the San Francisco jail he chose the City by the Bay as his destination because of its lenient sanctuary city policies. Mirakami lost his bid for re-election last Tuesday.
The governor then praised Wichita County Sheriff David Duke for his anti-sanctuary city policies in the jail which is located in Wichita Falls, Texas. Duke told Examiner after the gathering he thoroughly enjoyed working with Governor Abbott. Under Duke’s administration, every ICE detainer has been honored in the jail which is located in the courthouse on Lamar Street in downtown Wichita Falls. Duke told Examiner, “We hold all our illegal aliens who have detainers on them until ICE comes and gets them.”
Recently Abbott sent a strongly worded letter to the Dallas County Sheriff that he would not tolerate sanctuary cities in Texas. Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez had issued an order that each ICE detainer be considered on a case by case basis which meant not all of the federal detainers would be honored. Abbott then came up with a couple of brilliant suggestions to stop sanctuary cities in Texas by withholding funding from those sheriffs and also by making such cities liable for deaths caused by the release of illegal aliens.
Abbott is the first native of Wichita Falls, Texas to be elected governor. He served several extraordinary terms as Attorney General prior to being elected governor. As attorney general he was the top law enforcement official in Texas.
Abbott left the Estes home for a Boy Scout event at the Multi-Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls after he fielded questions from the overflow crowd at the Estes home. Before he left he looked around and said, “I think the governor’s mansion may be the second best place in Texas to this house.”
Before he began his comments he joked, “I fulfilled one of my campaign promises to the people of Wichita Falls. I filled up all the lakes with water.” His joke was a reference to the drought which was ended last May by weeks of heavy rains.
Abbott also asked that everyone applaud all the veterans who were present at the meeting at the Estes home. He mentioned that tomorrow is Veteran’s Day.