Recently, I finished a book to be published this spring on the relationship between the Presidency and baseball. As it nears the final date of editing, an author becomes reluctant to let go— searching for a better phrase, a finer word, above all, to be true to the English language in all its shades and meanings—trying to use it, and be faithful to it.
I have thought of that seeing the cynical and dishonest strive to employ what Winston Churchill called a “terminological inexactitude”—a lie. They lie attempting to distort the term “sanctuary,” as in sanctuary city, county, or state. Inevitably, they lie trying to break the sanctity of our law.
Historically, “sanctuary” meant, according to Webster’s New World Dictionary, “a place of refuge or protection.” Sanctuary cities claim to protect. The dictionary word also means “a particularly holy place within a church or temple” – in other words, a noble cause. Today, perversely, American sanctuary cities and other entities protect those who can and do ignobly commit crime.
As I write, around 500 cities, counties, and states in America can be defined as illegal immigrant sanctuaries, curbing or banning cooperation between local police and immigration officials. Almost all are liberal, Democratic, and hostile to men in blue. By 2015, a seven-time convicted felon, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, had five times been deported to Mexico but in each case returned to sanctuary San Francisco via the equally lawless Obama administration’s border policy.
That July 1, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was walking on a San Francisco pier when Garcia Zarate fired a stolen semiautomatic pistol, the bullet bouncing off the pavement and fatally into Steinle’s back. The killer should not have been in America—or at least not freed from County jail on a prior drug charge months before he killed. He remained free even though immigration officials begged this sanctuary city to hold him (again) for deportation—and because it doesn’t honor requests to hold suspects from immigration cases after first release—“honor” not a trait with which today’s Left is overly familiar.
The Steinle murder was heedless, needless, showing the sanctuary part of the Nation to have apparently lost its mind. Segue to the killer’s recent trial before a San Francisco jury, where sanctuary America is shown to have lost its soul. Garcia Zarate was tried on murder and manslaughter, the jury returning a not guilty verdict on every count but possessing a firearm. It even acquitted him of involuntary manslaughter that required prosecutors only to prove that Garcia Zarate was negligent with the gun—a truth evident to all but a fanatic ideologue by the manner of Steinle’s death.
Brandishing its peculiar breed of objectivity, the national media has tried to bury this verdict, aware how hideous a non-guilty statement is. The jury proved itself morally incapable of justly acting to put an unjust man away. Moreover, it evinced again how, as John Adams said, “facts are stubborn things.” One fact is that, trashing U.S. sovereignty, the Far Left adores open borders, refusing to punish illegality. Second, mocking American jurisprudence, it increasingly sides in a sick, even twisted way with those who break, not uphold, the law—the criminal versus decent forces.
Third, since illegal immigration and President Trump are twinned in the liberal mind, many loathe his inderdicting illegals, increasing deportation, and asking funding for an expanded border wall. This jury used the life of a dead woman to thumb its nose at a president. Most Americans cheer how illegal immigration has already plunged by 40 percent under Trump. Old-line Democrats like Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy would, too, not recognizing their party now.
“San Francisco is and will always be a sanctuary city,” said a spokesman to its late mayor, Ed Lee, forgetting everything and learning nothing. Apparently their city is not troubled by how its sanctuary status protected Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s life—and ended Kate Steinle’s. Historically, sanctuaries existed to protect the innocent. Today, they exist to protect the guilty. Ask the Steinle family if sanctuary cities are a “place of refuge.” Instead, they helped ensure their daughter’s final rest.
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