Kate Steinle's trial received national attention because the man who was accused of murdering her was an illegal immigrant who was deported five times before. Many pinned the blame for the incident on San Francisco for releasing the shooter, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, from jail without notifying immigration officials.
To the shock of many, Zarate was acquitted in the murder of Steinle on Thursday. Now, a Republican congressman is taking matters into his own hands to introduce a bill to threaten elected officials for protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.
Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita's bill is being introduced on Monday, and it hits elected officials with a massive $1 million fine and up to five years in prison if convicted. The bill is named “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians Act” or “SLAP” for short.
Rokita told Fox News:
"Politicians don't get to pick and choose what laws to comply with. Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.
It's time the federal government gets serious about enforcing immigration laws and holding politicians accountable who conspire to break them."
Acting ICE Director Tom Homan weighed in on the Steinle verdict:
"I sat there stunned for a good 15-20 minutes. It sickened me. This isn't the America I grew up in. For a city to knowingly release a public safety threat back into the public is just ridiculous. [...]
They want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in, but they don't want to fund the border wall to keep them out. To me, that's backwards."
If passed, the bill could play a large role in ending the continued popularity of sanctuary cities.