Local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell calls for immigration enforcement reform

Congressman sends letter to DHS, requesting update

Months after the fatal shooting of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle by an undocumented immigrant, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) has called for renewed reform to immigration enforcement.

Swalwell sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last week, requesting an update as to "what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has done so far to address any deficiencies in immigration reform" that led to Steinle's death.

Steinle died in July after she was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been held earlier this year by the San Francisco Sheriff's Office on a decades-old drug charge. He was released because the charge had been dropped, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not notified upon his release.

"Kate's murder made national headlines, but it is personal to me and our Tri-Valley community. I have known Kate's family for years and grew up with her brother. The Steinle family's strength in the face of such tragedy has been remarkable, and I share their commitment to making sure something positive comes from her senseless death," said Swalwell. "Now that there has been ample time for DHS to assess the situation, I am asking for an update on actions taken and planned to address any failures in our immigration system that could have contributed to Kate's murder. We owe it to Kate and her family to make sure this tragedy never happens again."

Swalwell wrote in his letter to DHS that he understood why municipalities are hesitant to deport non-criminal, undocumented immigrants because it can "break apart families, and sows distrust in communities."

"There are good reasons to ensure we aren't deporting victims or witnesses of crimes. However, there is no reason to shield felons from removal. Federal and local officials must find a way to work together to make necessary corrections to our immigration practices for our public safety and the memory of Kate Steinle," added Swalwell.

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Posted by bz
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

Thank you to Eric Swalwell!!

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Posted by Fed up
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Eric, you would better serve the public by calling out the Counties that support harboring of ILLEGAL ALIENS: SF, Alameda, Contra Costa to name a few, start there.

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Posted by Louidr
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

Stop sanctuary cities. The law enforcement agencies hands are tied and they cannot report to immigration authorities when the law does not allow them too! The liberal laws that are in place in these cities that harbor and protect illegals and criminals amongst them put law abiding citizens at great risk. If we don't want to enforce the laws, why do we have them? Let's just open the borders like they have in Europe! We will continue to suffer the consequences like Europe unless we elect leaders who want to protect the American people.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I would take this a bit more seriously, except for the fact that Swalwell voted against the "Kate Steinle's Law" legislation/bill, when it came up for a vote in the House, this past summer. (If you all recall, that bill passed in the House, but was then blocked by Senate Dems.) The bill would have denied federal funding for sanctuary cities and counties. (Mark DeSaulnier also voted No on the bill, for those who are in his district.)

Actually, before the vote, I had thought that the Dem leaders in the House might give Swalwell permission to vote yes on the bill, just because the Steinle's live in Pleasanton. But apparently not, as he lined up like a good party-guy and voted No, basically casting a vote FOR the perpetuation of sanctuary cities.

In contrast to bz, above, I see no reason to thank Swalwell for anything, especially since we have no idea what he means by "immigration enforcement reform". Apparently he is just fine with sanctuary cities and counties, based on his vote a few months ago.

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Posted by Fed up
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 17, 2015 at 9:13 am

C. R. Mudgeon- excellent points, sadly we are stuck with this Pelosi lapdog for a long time.

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Posted by frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

Mr. Salwall, just found out about this long deep seated issue?

Where hast thou being?

Been there for many decades!!

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Posted by Fed Up
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm

True to form, Eric voted against the American Safe Act yesterday along with Pelosi. Just saying...

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