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Media Uninterested in Triple Homicide

More senseless bloodshed by an illegal immigrant in Oregon.

National Security Desk · Jul. 5, 2016

It’s been just over a year since Kathryn Steinle was murdered by Francisco Sanchez, a serial deportee and convict living in one of America’s most notorious sanctuary cities. Despite having been evicted five times, Sanchez managed to meander his way back into San Francisco, where foolish protective measures for illegal immigrants provided him an opportunity to take an innocent life. The events of July 1, 2015, underscored two disturbing facts: America’s immigration enforcement system is fragmented, and policymakers are partially to blame for Steinle’s death.

Sadly, those same policymakers are not learning any lessons. Not only did San Francisco reaffirm its commitment to shielding illegal immigrants, but on June 27 — nearly a year to the day of Steinle’s death — three more people were fatally shot by an illegal immigrant, this time by Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez in Woodburn, Oregon. Unbelievably, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Oseguera “has been repatriated to Mexico six times since 2003, most recently in 2013.” In other words, immigration officials had six opportunities to stop more senseless bloodshed. If upon being deported Oseguera had been stopped from re-entering the U.S. and freely roaming our streets, the burials of three innocents could have been prevented. Steinle’s death apparently wasn’t enough to induce changes. How about a triple homicide?

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