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Another Illegal Commits Murder

Without federal cooperation, police couldn't hold him.

Nate Jackson · Aug. 11, 2015

Early last month, we noted the story of Kathryn Steinle, a San Francisco woman murdered by a repeatedly deported illegal alien. But Nancy Pelosi’s hometown is a “sanctuary city,” and the illegal found refuge there. Unfortunately, Steinle did not. Just weeks later, Marilyn Pharis, a 64-year-old Santa Maria woman, was brutally raped and beaten with a hammer. She died eight days later. One of her attackers was an illegal alien with six prior arrests. Santa Maria police chief Ralph Martin explained that his department had its hands tied and couldn’t hold him. “We had to cite him out,” Martin said. “That’s the problem with this system. This is not just in Santa Maria, this is all over the state of California and all over the United States.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement never provided a detention order, and the SMPD had to release the suspect. Martin didn’t hold back blame, saying, “[F]rom Washington DC to Sacramento there’s a blood trail leading to the bedroom of Marilyn Pharis.” Our broken immigration system demands fixing, but the establishment of both parties is invested in the status quo. Democrats in particular want Hispanic votes more than they want Rule of Law. But Americans like Steinle and Pharis shouldn’t pay the ultimate price for Democrats’ vote-buying schemes.

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