SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state appeals court on Friday threw out the sole conviction against an immigrant who fatally shot a young woman on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015 in a case that sparked a national immigration debate.
Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was acquitted of murder in the killing of Kate Steinle, who was walking on a pier with her father when she was struck by a bullet in the back in July 2015. The appeals court overturned a single conviction on a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun.
The case against Garcia-Zarate, who was in the country illegally and had been deported five times, was a regular talking point in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential stump speeches.
The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the gun conviction because the judge failed to give the jury the option of acquitting Garcia-Zarate on the theory he only possessed the weapon for a moment.
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An illegal alien from El Salvador who had a criminal history and was facing deportation allegedly killed a father of five in a “careless driving” motorcycle accident.
The incident took place just north of El Paso County, Colorado when a truck swerved into the right lane of Colorado State Highway 83 and then veered left into oncoming traffic, striking Sean Buchanan and his motorcycle.
The deceased was ironically a pro-immigration activist who “was an advocate for people who were trying to get into our country,” according to close family friend Amy Savage. “He just was a man who loved and accepted everyone.”
Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, who heads the Angel Families organization, has been suspended from Twitter after posting about illegal immigration and raising awareness about the harms of sanctuary city policies.
Angel Mom Mendoza’s son, 32-year-old police officer Brandon Mendoza, was killed in May 2014 by a drunk illegal alien who was driving the wrong way down a highway in Mesa, Arizona.
This week, Mendoza was suspended from her Twitter account and told she would not be able to sign back in unless she deletes a series of posts about crimes committed by illegal aliens and the impact of sanctuary city policies on American citizens.
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Washington (AFP) – Former first lady Michelle Obama added her voice Friday to the Democratic outcry following President Donald Trump’s attack on four ethnic minority congresswomen, saying “there’s a place for all of us.”
“What truly makes our country great is its diversity… Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for all of us,” Obama tweeted, without mentioning Trump.
“We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America.”
Trump has come under intense fire after he attacked four first-term Democratic congresswomen known as the “Squad.”
In a rare move, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday rebuked Trump for “racist comments” after he said the four should “go back” to their countries of origin if they are not happy in the United States.
In 1990, the Border Patrol budget came in at $263 million. Three decades later, and that figure, with immigration a hot-button topic ahead of the 2020 election, has surged to $4.7 billion, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court for clearance to begin constructing 100 miles of fencing through drug-smuggling corridors along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Friday request comes after U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam forbade the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to stay that ruling while litigation continued on July 3.
“The practical significance of the decision below for the government’s drug-interdiction efforts would weigh strongly in favor of further review,” the government’s stay application to the high court reads.
“The decision prevents the Department of Defense from taking steps to support the Department of Homeland Security that the acting secretary of defense determined to be ‘necessary in the national interest’ to stanch the flow of illegal drugs across the southern border,” it adds.
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Joe Biden made another slip up yesterday, or possibly revealed his true motives, when he said during a speech “I respect no borders”.
The gaffe occurred during a “major foreign policy” speech at City University of New York.
“I respect no borders, and cannot be contained by any walls,” said Biden, probably misreading his teleprompter.
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For the past two weeks, Americans have debated whether the notoriously cramped and dirty detention centers on the southern border can be called “concentration camps.” For at least one Holocaust survivor, the answer is a resounding yes.
Ruth Bloch was 17 years old when she was separated from her family. While living in Holland in 1942, her father, mother, and brother were arrested and sent to concentration camps, where they were eventually killed. Bloch remained in Holland working as a seamstress at a fur factory, sewing fur-lined coats for German troops. She was eventually sent to Vught concentration camp in Holland in 1943, before being eventually transported to Auschwitz.
Now, at 93, she told The Daily Beast that she looks back at that time and can relate to the thousands of migrants, including small children, being held at camps after crossing the border into the U.S. to seek refuge.
Outside the Donald W Wyatt detention centre in Rhode Island, inmates knocking on walls can be heard from the street.
With the nation engaged in a deep and contentious debate surrounding immigration detention in facilities like these, the smacks were the only way for a call and response with the hundreds of protesters who rallied outside this week:
Thud. Thud. Thud.
“We hear you,” the masses organised on the street chanted back, in between Jewish prayers, song and testimonial to the horrors of the Holocaust that demonstrators worry could be in the beginning stages of a repeat in the United States.
Megaphones and signs in hand, the protesters with the Jewish group Never Again is Now marched on, joining a culture of civil disobedience that has thrived in the United States over the past two years and one with particular resonance in the week of 4 July, the country’s Independence Day. Just metres away, migrants seeking freedom were locked up.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday released a plan to address the increasing numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, calling among other things for decriminalizing illegal border crossings.