President Donald Trump and several other prominent Republicans lawmakers denounced the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial, reigniting a firestorm over sanctuary city and state policies that prevent illegal immigrants accused of crimes from being deported.
Trump late Thursday called the not guilty verdict in the Steinle case “disgraceful,” and said it demonstrates why American voters are so upset with the nation’s lax enforcement of its immigration laws.
“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case!” Trump tweeted just hours after the jury rejected charges against Steinle’s killer that ranged from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder. “No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with illegal immigration.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Friday the verdict demonstrates the need for legislation to cut off federal funding to cities, states, and other localities that flout federal laws requiring local law enforcement detain illegal immigrants accused or convicted of crimes until federal authorities can pick them up and potentially deport them.
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