9:25 AM, Aug 4, 2015 • By ROBERT EHRLICH
Sometimes, those of us left in the common sense majority ask how things could go so wrong – how consensually accepted notions of justice could be scuttled so quickly—how respect for the rule of law could have fallen so low—that a major American city would find it acceptable to provide safe passage to an illegal alien who had been deported on five previous occasions.
Such is the reality check presented in the matter of thirty-two-year-old Kate Steinle, the mother of two brutally gunned down by one Francisco Sanchez, a Mexican citizen living freely on the streets because of San Francisco’s self-proclaimed “sanctuary” status—a state of affairs that mandates lack of cooperation with federal officials charged with enforcing the country’s immigration laws because…they…can.
The murder generated the usual and expected public outcry, though it was mostly confined to Republican and conservative commentators and politicians. What, you thought MSNBC would moralize about its favorite progressive mecca?
Which brings us to a remarkable place in the evolution of progressivism in the good ole’ USA: one of our two political parties is no longer concerned with immigration law. Indeed, many of its elected officials go to great lengths to distance themselves from it and then market their non-compliance to politically active “immigrants’ rights” groups. You may recognize practitioners of the art by their willingness to characterize calls for border enforcement as “anti-immigrant” or “nativist”.
On the progressive side of the political universe, it’s as though federal immigration law has been reduced to a discretionary set of suggestions to be either followed or ignored by the dictates of local office holders. And of all the sanctuary cities in the country, the Democratic city of San Francisco occupies a special place in its disdain for U.S. sovereignty.
The facts of the Sanchez case speak directly to the hubris of the city’s progressive leadership. You see, Mr. Sanchez was released from federal custody (wherein he was serving time for entering the country after deportation) and turned over to the San Francisco sheriff pursuant to an outstanding criminal warrant. Alas, the San Francisco district attorney declined to prosecute because the warrant was a decade old drug possession charge. But this is not the gravamen of the outrage. You see, ICE had previously filed a detainer requesting it be notified if the city intended to release Mr. Sanchez—a dangerous alien repeat offender. But San Francisco authorities failed to honor the detainer. Kate Steinle’s murder was a horrific consequence of this premeditated and conscious failure.
The city’s uber-progressive leadership shows no signs of retreating from its lawless policy. It’s as if a certain level of collateral damage is discounted in order to maintain itself as the center of the sensitivity universe.
In the real world, however, there are calls to boycott sanctuary jurisdictions and even cut off federal funding.
I am far from convinced that the successful execution of these sanctions will change (bleeding) hearts and minds. Recall these are the politicians who long ago decided that repeated illegal re-entry into the country was a “no coun.” But now they are confronted with a far deeper level of condemnation attendant to Kate Steinle and other innocents hurt or killed by people who have no business being in the country in the first place.
Maybe, just maybe, law abiding Americans now finding themselves on the wrong end of the sanctuary city scam are beginning to care – and to count the victims. This status quo is unacceptable. An empathetic but law-abiding people must ensure that Kate Steinle’s death is not in vain--the ruminations and excuse-making of the usual suspects notwithstanding.
Time to get a serious grip in the city by the bay.
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. served as Maryland Governor from 2003-2007. He is currently a Partner at the firm of King & Spalding.
Feb 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 22 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
A poignant notice from the website of Borderland Books, an independent bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District:
At the beginning of 2014, the future of the business looked, if not rosy, at least stable and very positive. We were not in debt, sales were meeting expenses and even allowing a small profit, and, perhaps most importantly, the staff and procedures at both the bookstore and the cafe were well established and working smoothly.
11:17 AM, Nov 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton has made several trips to San Francisco in the past year, with all of them costing the city's police department more than $21,000 in extra expenses—including more than $10,000 for a single event with Nancy Pelosi.
October baseball notebook.7:38 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Gregg Ritchie, head coach at George Washington University, says that the Royals have more of their game-changers going into tonight’s game than the Giants do. With pitching, as my former GW teammate explains, the two clubs are basically even. Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie and his Giants counterpart Tim Hudson are pretty similar—right-handers whose top velocity is 90-92 mph, and who, as Ritchie says, change speeds up and down, making them plus-and-minus pitchers, rather than power pitchers.
October baseball notebook.5:34 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
The fact that the Royals and the Giants have pushed the World Series to a game seven is evidence the two clubs are very evenly matched. Even tonight’s probable starters, Tim Hudson for the Giants and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals, are similar style pitchers. Top velocity for both is around 90-92 miles per hour. They’re not power pitchers, but plus-and-minus pitchers, meaning they change speeds, up and down, to keep hitters off balance.
October baseball notebook.7:23 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Last week Gregg Ritchie, head baseball coach at George Washington University, was talking about what happens when a baseball team strikes out more than seven times in a game. The more you whiff the less chance you have of winning, explained Ritchie. Sunday night’s game showed just how accurate that theory is: The Royals struck out eight times against Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, meaning that for nearly three full innings the Royals failed to put the ball in play and force the Giants to make plays. “You have to make your own chances against a front-line pitcher like Bumgarner,” says Ritchie. And when you don’t, chances are that you’ll lose.
October baseball notebook.4:15 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Now with the Royals tying the World Series Wednesday night 1-1, things are really getting hot: Two San Francisco radio stations have removed the song “Royals” from their play lists.
October baseball notebook.12:10 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
With the World Series opening tonight in Kansas City, the Giants are no doubt feeling their oats. They’re coming off of a three-homerun performance in their game five win over the St. Louis Cardinals, which landed them their third World Series appearance in five years. However, the Giants should be wary, for power is a fickle friend.
The streets of San Francisco, 1969 Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By RICHARD CARLSON
It was a cold Saturday night on Columbus Day weekend 1969 when Lance Brisson and I pulled up behind a Yellow cab parked at a crazy angle on the corner of Washington and Cherry Streets, an expensive area of San Francisco called Presidio Heights.
Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
When it comes to the recent Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport, there’s good news and bad news, according to South Korean news anchor Yoon Kyung-min. The bad news: Two people died and scores were injured when a Boeing 777 arriving from Seoul slammed into a runway and caught fire. The good news: The dead weren’t Korean! Last week, while anchoring a live broadcast, Yoon said, “We just received an update that the two dead are assumed to be Chinese. . . . We can say it is a relief, at least for us.”
11:30 AM, Feb 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Super Bowl is, as everyone knows, the biggest thing in sports. And television. Which are, increasingly, indistinguishable. The game is routinely the highest rated program of the year. Any year. In fact, three of the four most highly rated shows of all time are Super Bowls. And those would be the last three games. The trend, then, is for this year’s game to become the highest rated ever. For a year, anyway.