“San Francisco sure as hell was not a sanctuary for a young woman walking with her father.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) reigned fire onto Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over his department’s failure to secure the American border and its allowance of sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, where illegal immigrants can fly below the radar of law enforcement.
Gowdy’s top concern was the recent murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, killed by a multi-deportee illegal alien, as she walked along a San Francisco pier with her dad. The murderer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, admitted to choosing San Francisco because of its sanctuary status.
Gowdy posted the video of his interrogation of Johnson on YouTube on Tuesday. He railed against sanctuary cities and the porous border. In his typical style, Gowdy held nothing back.
He asked Johnson if he had seen the criminal background of Lopez-Sanchez, to which he responded, “I believe I have, yes.” To be sure, Gowdy quickly listed the man’s many offenses and said:
To me, Mr. Secretary, he is ‘Exhibit A’ that we must not have functional control over the border or he wouldn’t have reentered so many times.
Cunningly, Gowdy then read a quote that asked for undocumented immigrants to come forward and identify themselves to the federal government. “Do you know who said that?” Gowdy asked. Johnson recognized it as one of his own.
“Now, I want you to tell me what in defendant Lopez-Sanchez’s background leads you to believe that he would, to use your words, ‘come forward?'” Gowdy asked. Johnson danced.
He pressed further: “I want to know why was somebody in federal prison, with a federal detainer on him, released to a sanctuary city?”
Johnson was clearly miffed by Gowdy’s questioning.
By the end, Gowdy made a recommendation to change the term altogether:
When I hear the phrase ‘sanctuary city’ — as benign sounding as it is — it may have been a sanctuary for that defendant, but it sure as hell was not a sanctuary for a young woman walking with her father. So at a minimum, change the name of whatever benign sounding programs cities like San Francisco want to follow…”
Grab some popcorn and watch the video below:
One commenter summed it up for me:
What was so striking about the video was Jeh Johnson’s casual demeanor and propensity to offer legalisms in defense of a policy that just killed a young woman. When do the legalisms stop and protections of our citizens begin ?? Is proffered legal argument and statutory citation the new plausible deniability ?? Is it simply the case that as long as you can speak in liberabble, cite dubious legal policy, and demonstrate that you didn’t actually pull the trigger that caused the death of a citizen, then you and your department have deployed the universal “Get Out of Jail Free” card that gives you Pontius Pilate’s clean hands ??
When do these well paid, well perk’d officials actually get to the point where they give a damn ?? Jeh Johnson, clearly, ain’t there yet….
When? Not until we clean house.