President Donald Trump ripped Democrats for “demanding amnesty” as a condition for funding the government during his weekly address published Saturday, saying they were putting the country’s national security at risk.
Trump focused his address on the death of Kate Steinle, the woman killed in 2015 on a San Francisco pier by an illegal alien.
Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, a felon who had been deported multiple times, was acquitted by a California jury last month for her murder. The case became a national touchstone over the debate over sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants.
“Kate’s death is a tragedy that was entirely preventable,” Trump said, saying Zarate was free to harm Steinle because of San Francisco being a sanctuary city.