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Obama Kills Another Innocent American

Margaret Kostelnik, an assistant to the Mayor of Willoughby, Ohio was shot and killed in her home by an illegal alien who later confessed to her murder, in addition to the attempted rape of a 14-year old girl, the shooting of another woman in front of her two young children (she thankfully survived), and for firing at police officers, all on the same day.

ObamaAs our friend Ken Blackwell noted in a recent column, unlike some other high-profile sanctuary murders, Kostelnik's killer was put back on the streets not by a rogue Sheriff's department, but by the very federal agencies whose jobs used to include removing illegal aliens. The federal agents who ordered him released were acting on directives from the White House and Department of Homeland Security that order agents to ignore immigration violations unless the perpetrator meets the Obama administration's priorities.

Advocates of open borders insist on portraying the illegal aliens flooding into America as downtrodden economic refugees who just want to come here to work, but research has shown that some 29 percent of those incarcerated in US prisons (about a half-million inmates) are illegal aliens, so clearly illegal border crossing is not a victimless crime as President Obama has tried to present it.

And the evidence mounts every day that Donald Trump was right – Mexico is pushing violent criminals across the border and plenty of those out on the streets are not hardworking folk doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do while committing an “act of love” as Jeb Bush so memorably put it.

These sanctuary murders are not isolated cases. Their victims are not anecdotes.

Indeed a quick search of the crime blotter in any newspaper or news site will turn up dozens of major crimes, such murder, rape and vehicular homicide perpetrated by illegal aliens. (For more on the subject of murders committed by illegal aliens see this article by our friend Matt Boyle of Breitbart)

Ken Blackwell says that according to the head of Immigration and Customs enforcement, the criminal aliens released by the Obama administration over the past four years went on to kill someone at a rate of once every 12 days. And that doesn't count the crimes committed by illegal aliens like Kostelnik's murderer, who are routinely released because they don't meet the administration's priorities.

Congress has received a clear mandate from the American people that it is finally time to stop the release of criminal aliens onto our streets.

A number of solid proposals, such as the well thought out Davis-Oliver Act, “Kate’s Law” introduced by Ted Cruz, and Rep. Louie Gohmert’s bill to end DC’s “sanctuary” policies are available to address the illegal alien crime problem which, as Mrs. Kostelnik’s murder demonstrates, has reached epidemic proportions.

We join NumbersUSA and other immigration security organizations in commending all the members of Congress who responded to that call with targeted legislation to address certain parts of the criminal alien crisis. The Hunter sanctuary bill (H.R. 3009) is one such piece of targeted legislation.

Right before the August recess H.R. 3009 passed easily in the House (241 to 179), however, as the sole legislative response of Congress to this criminal alien crisis, H.R. 3009 is wholly inadequate.

This tells us that the House Republican “leadership” really has no intention of using the tools the Constitution gives them to end the outrageous and unconstitutional “sanctuary” policies that have turned thousands of criminal aliens loose on the streets of our country to visit upon Americans an unprecedented wave of murder, rape, drug dealing and other crimes.

So put the Hunter bill on the list as another “policy lie” that Republican “leaders” will tell you solves the “sanctuary” and criminal alien problem, when in fact the only thing this lie “solves” is their cynical need to get rid of the immediate public relations problem the murder of Mrs. Kostelnik’s has handed them.

A far better solution to the problem of “sanctuary cities” is the Davis-Oliver Act, introduced by Chairman Trey Gowdy. Gowdy’s bill would not only prevent sanctuary jurisdictions from ignoring ICE detainers and releasing criminal aliens, it would also immunize state and local law enforcement officers who protect our communities by honoring detainers. Equally important, it would significantly curtail ICE's practice of releasing tens of thousands of criminal aliens each year. Had this bill been enacted in time, Margaret Kostelnik, Kate Steinle, Grant Ronnebeck, Josh Wilkerson, Jamiel Shaw, Jr., and thousands of others might be alive today.

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