In response to the controversy, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what has been dubbed "Kate's Law", blocking states and cities from receiving federal law enforcement funding if they refuse to communicate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) due to that state or city's "sanctuary city" policies. The law aims to create a budgetary consequence for refusal to follow federal law, as the killer in Kate's murder would have instead been deported for the sixth time had the San Francisco Sheriff's Department not chosen to ignore the detainer hold placed on him.
Sanctuary cities do not protect the best interests and safety of America citizen. Yes, my hometown of Seattle is a sanctuary city. The city of Seattle (along with 30 other cities across the nation) choose to turn a blind eye to non documented immigrants (and god knows who else).
Today, I was assaulted by a woman who threatened me, my dog and my life right in front of my apartment building in broad daylight. I do not know if she was an undocumented immigrant, mentally ill or homeless. I do know that I no longer feel safe in the city of which I pay taxes and am a law abiding citizen. Furthermore, it disgusts me that the City of Seattle has opened our doors to thousands of homeless people, creating safe haven for them before their own constituents.
What is the city doing to protect its citizens from those who threaten and assault them?
Temporary encampments were originally scheduled to open by mid-September for the homeless. That's been delayed yet again because we'd rather paint rainbow sidewalks and shut down the city for the Chinese President.
Lastly, I reported the incident to the police and hope nobody else has to experience the fear I felt today (or worse). It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. I have called upon my elected officials to tackle the problem we have with homelessness and our sanctuary city status here in Seattle.
Sadly, I have little faith that my local leadership will address this problem before it is too late and there is blood on their hands.
I could have been Kate Steinle.
So could you.