More Questions Than Answers: The Murder of Kate Steinle

Updated on December 13, 2017

Poll

Does the United States need to reform its immigration policy?

See results

Not Guilty

The recent acquittal announcement of a five-time deportee and seven-time felon in the shooting death of 32 year old innocent bystander Kate Steinle, has fanned the flames of a national dialogue surrounding the issue of "sanctuary cities." For those that may not know, a sanctuary city "is a city that limits its cooperation with the federal government to enforce immigration law." It doesn't matter how big of a danger an undocumented immigrant may be to the public, "assuming" a track record of violence, rape, drug-dealing, etc...These so-called "safe havens" will grant you with protection, immunity, and then eventually you simply meld into the community. San Francisco, the site of the shooting, has a "sanctuary policy," and now there's a large outcry of people who want a tighter, more stringent immigration policy.We can all agree it's a polarizing topic which can have major implications on our country going forward.

Immigration

Lets face it, a big part of the reason why this has become such a heated debate is because of President Trump's hardline stance against illegal immigration along with the millions of conservative thinkers that happen to agree with him. As a matter of fact, Trump used the shooting death of Steinle as a political point during his campaign, decrying illegal immigration. I find it off-putting, however, that just because you detest Trump that you have to be on the other side of this particular case. The murder of Kate Steinle is not a partisan issue; it's writing on the wall common sense. I would hope that any person (regardless if you're pro-immigrant) with an ounce of moral fiber and an objective opinion, could at least take a look about what we as Americans should do about our policy on "sanctuary cities" after a tragedy like this. This would be a great opportunity for pro and anti-immigration people to find a common ground. Nowadays, it feels as if people are dug so deep in their own trenches, that concurrence is looking bleak going forward. The mud-slinging and labeling that's thrown around doesn't help the situation. How can you have a productive conversation when you're calling each other racist, snowflake, xenophobe, homophobe, Nazi, communist, and so on...? Getting past nasty name calling is priority number one because it furthers the divide.

Involuntary Manslaughter

That said, this was a miscarriage of justice--plain and simple. The first thought that I had was, "Not even involuntary manslaughter?". The definition of involuntary manslaughter reads, "An unintentional killing that results from recklessness or criminal negligence." Now I'm no legal expert but doesn't that describe the situation here? The suspect, in his confession, revealed that he had taken some sleeping pills that he had found in a dumpster and subsequently wandered over to a bench in the area known as Pier 14, located in the eastern waterfront district of San Francisco. The suspect then told police that he discovered a handgun wrapped in a blanket under the bench where he was sitting. He first claimed that decided to pick it up and shoot at sea lions for target practice but one of the bullets ricocheted off the ground and hit Kate accidentally, which later changed to the gun simply discharged in his hands as he was picking it up with the same end result. The facts are laid right out in front of you. So I ask the jury, why throw out the first and second degree murder charges without consideration of involuntary manslaughter? No matter how you dice it, a life was taken unintentionally as a result of reckless negligence.

In Closing

The fact that angers many sound-minded people the most is that a young woman's life was taken and a killer simply goes scot-free with nothing more than a slap on the wrist for an illegal firearm possession charge and a ride home(deportation) . Essentially saying, "You can recklessly kill somebody by committing manslaughter here in California, but that's okay we'll get you a plane or a bus ticket as soon as possible, sir. By the way, you're warmly welcome here in the city of San Francisco, if you decide to visit our great city on your next trip!" The death of Kate Steinle will serve as a seminal moment in American history because of the raising of a broader issue on everyone's minds at this writing. The winner of the immigration debate at the polls as a result of an overriding opinion, will determine which direction our nation goes. What will win out? A lax open-border approach on immigration that embraces sanctuary cities or a more stringent and closed-border policy? Time will tell.

Sources:

  1. Thehill.com
  2. Wikipedia.org
  3. CNN.com
  4. criminal.findlaw.com



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • gregas profile image

      Greg Schweizer 

      10 months ago from Corona, California.

      If nothing else, they should kick his butt out of OUR country.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, soapboxie.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://soapboxie.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)