Nationally syndicated radio and television host Sean Hannity said that “San Francisco government is insanity in motion" while discussing the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last week. An illegal immigrant who allegedly returned to the sanctuary city five times after being deported has been charged with her murder.
“The real-world effect of [sanctuary policies] results in safe havens for illegal aliens involved in a variety of criminal enterprise,” Hannity said in his July 7 radio broadcast.
Here's a transcript of what Obama said:
“San Francisco government is insanity in motion. You’ve got a lot of cities now that have decided they’re not going to cooperate with ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] or federal laws, because they think cooperating with ICE causes them problems with the immigrant and illegal immigrant community. And the real-world effect of those policies results in safe havens for illegal aliens involved in a variety of criminal enterprise.
“Like this guy. He should have been sent back; he should have been put in jail. This woman should be alive today. Because they know their illegal activity is far less likely to be discovered, and they face far less risk of deportation, if caught by local law enforcement.
"This guy, Francisco Lopez Sanchez, understood that. That’s why he told a reporter he went to the sanctuary city of San Francisco.
“Sanctuary policies also provide a safe haven for drug cartels and gangs and terrorist cells, for the exact same reason. They know they’re going to be protected.
“And then there’s Barack Obama. And you might say he’s now made America a sanctuary country. Now he’s sympathetic to sanctuary cities. He’s as hard left-wing as most elected politicians out in San Francisco. And in 2008, then-Senator Obama voted to table a bill that would have stopped federal assistance to sanctuary cities.
"In 2010, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice allotted -- get this -- $62.6 million to 27 sanctuary jurisdictions.
“At the time The Washington Times pointed out, saying that a week after suing Arizona -- remember that episode? -- arguing that the state’s immigration law creates a patchwork of rules, the administration said it will not go after so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement.
"In other words, in spite of them blaming Republicans for not supporting comprehensive immigration reform, this is Obama’s sanctuary country.”