THE SOCIAL CONTRACT — Of late, immigration has become the hottest issue for the United States and its citizens. The perfect storm of the very vocal position of presidential candidate Donald Trump about the issue of illegal aliens and the crimes they commit and the senseless murder of Kathryn Steinle, just days after Trump went public about illegal immigration, thrust immigration onto the front page of newspapers across the United States and into the “A Block” of television news programs.
Leading the outrage was the discovery that the alleged killer of Kathryn Steinle, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is an illegal alien from Mexico, who had reportedly been previously deported five times and had multiple felony convictions in the United States. He had been in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody after serving four years in prison for unlawful re-entry.
The U.S. Marshals Service had turned him over to the custody of local law enforcement in San Francisco because of an old criminal charge of sale of marijuana, and that although a detainer had been lodged by ICE, local SF officials, because of existing sanctuary policies, ignored that detainer and set him free.
This case ignited a firestorm. However, this issue of “Sanctuary Cities” is decades old, and while the news media decided that this specific case warranted close scrutiny, similar crimes involving criminal aliens have been committed almost every day for many years.