The Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas Homan, says his agency will work to deport Jose Ines Garcia Zarate now that he has been acquitted in the killing of Kate Steinle. How soon that will happen though, remains a mystery.
More importantly, what will the Trump administration and Congress do about the growing menace of sanctuary policies and the politicians who promote them? These policies and the San Francisco political establishment were directly responsible for Steinle's killing when they put Garcia Zarate back on the street.
The verdict in San Francisco should provide new impetus for the Department of Justice to sue sanctuary jurisdictions that obstruct the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. Such policies are expressly prohibited under a law enacted in 1996 and signed by President Clinton.
Congress can also respond by enacting new legislation that more specifically defines sanctuary policies and the government's response to jurisdictions that implement these illegal policies.
After injustice heaped upon injustice, the only positive outcome of this two-and-half year long fiasco is for Congress and the administration to take decisive action to ensure that such needless tragedies and that the jurisdictions and the politicians that implement dangerous sanctuary policies are held accountable.
Garcia Zarate was deported five times from the United States prior to Steinle's death. And even if he is deported a sixth time, without more effective immigration policies, tighter security along the border -- such as President Trump's wall - and an end to sanctuary policies that protect him and other deportable criminals, what's to keep him from coming back into the U.S. again?
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.