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… plus Uber and traffic, and a bill that would help public power by making PG&E’s fossil-fuel and nuclear mix more expensive

The mayor, police chief, DA, and all the supervisors supported the measure to protect immigrants from deportation
The mayor, police chief, DA, and all the supervisors supported the measure to protect immigrants from deportation

By Tim Redmond

JULY 6, 2015 – I came back from Lake Shasta to the news of a terrible, senseless murder – and anti-immigrant advocates attempting to use if for political gain.

The story is just awful: Francisco Sanchez, who had a felony record and had been deported five times, shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on Pier 14. He had recently been released from the San Francisco county jail.

So the Chron yesterday ran a story suggesting that this will become a political issue for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Attorney General Kamala Harris – and Tom Ammiano, who isn’t at this point running for anything.

The “critics” in the story are all conservatives and Republicans who hate the idea that San Francisco doesn’t automatically turn over to federal immigration authorities anyone who is in the country without documents.

The story by Carla Marinucci quotes Donald Trump (who is an embarrassment), and a Republican candidate for Senate, and a right-wing think tank in DC. Not surprisingly, all of them said Sanchez should have been deported and that Democrats, California, and San Francisco are too easy on immigrants.

Not one person who was quoted said anything about how a guy with a felony record got a pistol. Not one comment about how this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen very often in countries that strictly control handguns.

No: It’s all the fault of liberals who allow undocumented people who aren’t facing criminal charges to stay out of jail.

The story seems a bit, well, trumped up. Notice that Sup. Scott Wiener, who is running for state Senate, didn’t criticize Ammiano (who might run against him but hasn’t decided yet) for sponsoring the legislation that allows local authorities not to cooperate automatically with ICE hold requests. Wiener voted in favor of an even stronger policy in San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee is trying to duck this whole thing, but he supported the law that allowed the sheriff to deny ICE requests, too.

I haven’t heard from Vicky Hennessy, who is running against Mirkarimi, but she has never publicly opposed that policy.

There are very good reasons why local police and sheriffs can decline ICE requests. If immigrants think that any time they interact with the authorities they risk deportation, then they avoid the authorities –even when they are crime victims or witnesses or have information that would help solve crimes.

And the idea that deporting Sanchez would have solved the problem is a bit dubious: He’s been deported five times before. He always managed to get back.

Mirkarimi’s office issued a pretty good statement:

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was booked into the San Francisco County Jail from federal prison on a local drug-related warrant on March 26, 2015. On March 27, 2015, Mr. Lopez-Sanchez was in San Francisco Superior Court on local charges which were dismissed by the court. SFSD began confirming that Mr. Lopez-Sanchez’s federal prison time had been completed. At the time Mr. Lopez-Sanchez was booked, federal transportation orders reflected two conflicting release dates. SFSD verified that Mr. Lopez-Sanchez completed his federal prison sentence and was lawfully released from federal prison March 26, 2015. Once the SFSD confirmed that Mr. Lopez-Sanchez’s federal prison time had been completed and that he had no active warrants, he was released from San Francisco County Jail on April 15, 2015.

When Mr. Lopez-Sanchez was booked into the jail, there was no active Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) warrant or judicial order of removal for him. There was an ICE request for his detention. Once Mr. Lopez-Sanchez’s local criminal charges were dismissed, San Francisco Ordinance 130764, approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Ed Lee in October 2013, deemed him ineligible for extended detention. This also comports with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Policy on immigration detainers.

While over 300 municipalities throughout the state and country, including the City and County of San Francisco, have amended their policies regarding ICE detainers, ICE has not changed its policies or procedures to reflect that detainers are requests and not a legal basis to hold an individual. Courts including the Oregon Federal District Court in Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County (No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST) have ruled accordingly. In instances where a warrant or court order is obtained, individuals would be returned to ICE for deportation proceedings.

 

Ammiano issued a statement, too:

It’s unbearably sad that this newcomer to San Francisco should have died in a violent act of the sort that has become mind-numbingly common in our country. She should’ve found an eager welcome, because that’s what our city is about. Those who try to use this senseless act for political gain should be ashamed. Of course it is human nature to try to find meaning in every turn of chance, whether it is a cause for celebration or, like this, a cause for mourning. But those who try to find meaning in this tragedy by blaming San Francisco officials or immigration law are either betraying their misunderstanding of the law or their wrongheaded political opportunism. It is my understanding that immigration officials could have detained the alleged perpetrator for deportation. That is their job. But too often in the past, those same officials wanted to use local jails to hold Californians for minor infractions, or without even having a criminal case. The TRUST Act put a stop to those official abuses, but never gave a free pass to people who commit gun violence like this. My heart goes out to the family of Katy Steinle.

 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Asian Law Caucus puts it this way:

“We express our deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Kate Steinle.  The murder of Ms. Steinle was a senseless, tragic act of violence which we deeply condemn, and our hearts go out to her loved ones.

In response to discussion in the media that the individual accused of this tragic murder, Francisco Sanchez, was not held by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), we would to clarify that ICE hold requests are in fact unconstitutional.

ICE hold requests are requests sent to local jails to hold individuals for additional time beyond when the person would otherwise be released in the criminal matter.  Federal courts, including the Oregon federal district court in Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County.,  have held that ICE holds are not only voluntary, but that the detention of individuals based on ICE hold requests violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.  ICE holds violate the Constitution because they are not signed by a judge and are not based on a finding of probable cause.  Rather, they are issued by only ICE agents, and have been issued on individuals who are not actually removable.

Over 320 jurisdictions throughout the country, including almost all California’s counties, have adopted policies limiting or ending responses to all ICE holds.  San Francisco’s Sanctuary Ordinance, the Due Process for All Ordinance, and the Sheriff’s Department’s policies are merely complying with Fourth Amendment Constitutional protections.

Furthermore, policies that separate local law enforcement from ICE are key tools toward improving community confidence in law enforcement and thus making us all safer. In fact, the President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing has recommended that local law enforcement not be entangled with immigration enforcement because this undermines trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, deterring immigrant victims and witnesses of crime from coming forward.  Moreover, collaboration with ICE can lead local law enforcement to engaging in racial profiling and pretextual arrests.

In addition, as a civil rights organization that advances and protects the rights of communities of color, we also would like to emphasize that the actions of one person should not be used to stereotype or criminalize entire communities which are part of the fabric of our city and state.  We ask that commentators about this horrible tragedy take care in not blaming all immigrants or all undocumented immigrants for the actions of one accused person.”

 

I called Sup. John Avalos, who authored the San Francisco law discouraging the local police and sheriff from cooperating with ICE on deportations. The measure passed unanimously. “At the signing ceremony, we had all 11 supervisors, the mayor, and Police Chief Greg Suhr,” he said. “We were all in support.”

 

At the time, the mayor said:

“Thousands of our members of our limited English communities–in fact all of our (immigrant) communities–do live in constant fear of deportation. And they have distrusted our law enforcement officials even when they are victims of violent crime.”So here’s the message I would like to send by signing this ordinance–and I’m speaking in particular to our immigrant communities–that it is safe, absolutely safe, to call our police if you are a victim or witness to a crime.

“I am proud to be signing this ordinance with all of you in the room today.”

 

Chief Suhr was a supporter of Ammiano’s bill as well as the final Avalos measure:

I was the first police chief in the state to support Assemblyman Tom Ammiano‘s Trust Act – vital legislation that prevents low-level offenders from being deported while preserving local law enforcement’s discretion to protect the public. It’s the right policy, and I’m proud to support it.

District Attorney George Gascon, a former police chief, took the same approach:

Responsible law enforcement officials should resist playing a role in this ill-conceived process. While immigration holds occasionally may result in the deportation of a violent offender, they do so at the expense of public safety, the trust and effectiveness of law enforcement and our constitutionally guaranteed right to due process.

The shooting, Avalos told me, “was just awful, and I really feel for the family. But you don’t use one incident to judge the whole community of immigrants.”

And I could say to the Chron: A little perspective here, please.

 

I also read, in the Chronicle column of lobbyist Willie Brown, that the fire chief is angry about traffic:

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White plopped herself down next to me at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce luncheon the other day and launched into a description of how it had taken her 40 minutes to make it from her headquarters near AT&T Park to Chinatown. She was livid.

It may get even worse if the city follows through with plans to cut down car lanes on Second Street to create more space for bikes. I hate to think how that might affect her firefighters.

Perhaps the Municipal Transportation Agency should try it on an experimental basis before making the change permanent.

Now: The firefighters who are on the way to an emergency have sirens and lights, and get to cut through traffic. But here’s an element that I don’t think anyone is talking about:

The tech boom has added massive amounts of traffic to the city streets, and some of that is because of Uber. The ride-share company that cares nothing for local laws has 15,000 drivers in San Francisco – and I can tell you from personal experience riding my bike around the city that many of them are in new cars that they bought for the job. Many of them also (unlike cab drivers) have no clue how to get around the city and rely on GPS apps – which require them to look away from where they are going to check out a cell phone mounted near the dash. They block traffic at lights because they are looking at the phone. They make wrong turns. They sometimes pull over into the bike lanes to figure out where the hell they are.

San Francisco already has too many cars. And while Uber says that the “sharing economy” is reducing the number of cars because people will take Uber instead of buying a vehicle, I (again from personal experience) am seeing the opposite: At least when it comes to high school kids (and I have one), they take Uber instead of Muni.

So more cars are on the streets that people are using instead of public transportation, and that traffic is making everyone’s life worse – and Willie Brown blames bicycles, which are actually a real solution to traffic.

 

Avalos has a fascinating piece of legislation that has received zero news media attention. It comes up at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting Monday/6, but may be continued with the aim of getting it on the 2016 ballot.

Here’s the deal:

The city has a relatively modest tax (7.5 percent) on commercial utility users.

PG&E’s allies are running a scam and doing everything else possible to undermine the public-power option of CleanPowerSF.

So Avalos wants to raise the tax on utility users by 2.5 percent – but exempt anyone who sticks with the city’s own power system.

That automatically makes PG&E’s power more expensive compared to the city option.

And the money would go to fund

Programs administered by the Mayor’s Office of Housing for the development of affordable housing in areas well served by public transit that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing vehicle miles travelled;

  • Programs administered by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for the development or acquisition of renewable energy resources in San Francisco or on real property owned or leased by the City;

  • Energy efficiency projects administered by the Department of the Environment that would benefit disadvantaged residents and small business owners; and/or

  • Urban forest projects administered by the Department of the Environment or the Department of Public Works that would increase carbon sequestration through tree planting and maintenance.

You need a two-thirds vote to pass this kind of tax, and Avalos isn’t sure that November 2015 is the best election for it. But he’s going forward with the hearing to get a sense of community support. It may wind up being continued and turning into a measure for 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

59 COMMENTS

  1. They perp was a felon – he could not legally obtain a weapon, there is only 1 gun store in the entire city, we’ve got some of the most draconian laws in the nation (aside from NYC), and yet people still get shot all the time. It’s as if gun control doesn’t work, huh. I was under the impression that most progressives hate the cops/military -yet they’re always the 1st to call for disarming the public. Do you really want the racist police state to have a monopoly on the best means for lethal force?

  2. “Mirkarimi did not have the discretion to ask “do I want this guy on the streets of SF or not?””


    Ok, apparently not; as Sanchez was not a violent (or of other serious nature).felon. Do I think that law is stupid? Yes. Do I understand the rational for the Sanctuary Law? Yes. Its meant to give innocent or minor offenders some degree of cushion agaisnt a CJ system that can be hamhanded.

    That the Sanctuary statute is used to protect more career offenders – ones with decades of jail time, rap sheets, and – in Mirks case – EVEN SERIOUS FELONS — is another example of The Law being an ass. That Mirk unilaterally decides to up the ante, jsut makes him … .

    Is it time to rethink the boundaries of the Sanctuary City Law? Yes.

  3. You think Chicago police don’t know where those guns are coming from? There’s been a lot of research on how guns move around the country. Recently the New York Times had a feature that traced the gun used in the killing of a city cop to a particular store in the deep south.

  4. We live in a nation of laws not men. Calling ICE to pick up Sanchez would have violated the SF and state code and a federal district court decision. Mirkarimi did not have the discretion to ask “do I want this guy on the streets of SF or not?”

    ICE knows what the rules are here and in the other 299 U.S. cities which have the same laws. Asking for a call on release is a formality they surely knew would not be observed and probably has not been many times before.

    The point of the law is that city jails and police are not to be used as enforcement tools for ICE. The rationale is that undocumented people should not be denied the ability to call police when they are threatened or their possessions stolen.You can quarrel with that law, but don’t blame Mirkarimi for observing it. It was passed by 11 supervisors and signed by Mayor Ed Lee.

  5. I’m curious, Tim. You ever sell your family’s car yet? Or are you content to complain about how many cars are in SF, while driving one?

  6. Sanchez wasn’t burning thru sheets at the Jail while ICE procrastinated. Mirk purposely did not call ICE so they could either pick him up or not. That was Mirk’s decision. He wasn’t required to call, but he wasn’t prohibited from calling either. If he had called, and then Sanchez had languished, then that would have been another story. But Mirk let him go as soon as the DA cleared him. And that was with the knowledge that ICE wanted him back.

    Mirk didn’t have to kknow the outcome. Mirk only had to look at what he had in hand and say “do I want this guy on the streets of SF or not?” Apparently we welcome and shelter low lifes. This guy was not a family man who got pulled over for a busted taillight on his way home from work. This was a career lowlife.

    Seriously, people need to think about how they handle their responsibilities.

  7. People need to get a grip. People get shot. Undocumented immigrants probably commit less of these crimes than citizens on a per-capita basis. When it happens it makes national headlines.

  8. Hindsight is always 20-20. If Mirkarimi could have seen this outcome he might have looked for a way to force ICE to deal with Sanchez. Similarly ICE might have taken legal steps to deport Sanchez right out of prison.

    What I think could not have happened, based on sf and state law and a federal court case, would be for Sanchez to stay in an SF lockup indefinitely while ICE decides what it wants to do.

  9. This is America. people get shot every day. violence is deeply ingrained in our culture. On the fourth on July we celebrate the fact that we won a violent revolution with a scrappy band of guerrillas defeating the most powerful military in the world. We ended slavery with another bloody massacre of millions of our own citizens. And thank God the U.S. Army entered World War Two or the nazis would have won. We celebrate the fact I hat our military has been a force for good for most of our history. But a side effect of all of the glorification of violence is gun violence against innocent people.

  10. Most illegal immigrants want to maintain a very low profile to avoid deportation so they don’t usually shoot people. More Mexican immigrants are probably shot by cops in the U.S. Than commit any acts of violence themselves

  11. Ok, haven’t read about the “found sleeping pills” (sounds like a “human garbage can” that most addicts are). And he appears to be changing his story – from shooting at sea lions to “the gun just went off”. This guy is a career criminal; probably savvy in the ways of the CJ system.

    The fact is that while Mirk may have followed all his rules, he didn’t HAVE to do what he did. The rule sez he can treat a Detention as a request – its doesn’t say he HAS to ignore it. With a minimum of research, he could determine that this Texan was not really an upstanding member of the community caught out in some ‘innocent-but-detained’ situation which likely will result in his impending release and return to the community..

    Could ICE be faulted? Sure. But I think progs like Mirk would prefer to posture stubborness it in the face of the Feds, rather than appraise the situation and see what the best thing here to do was.. Do we have any control over the Feds? Not much. Do we have any control over the SF Sheriff’s office? Yes.

    Looking at Sanchez’s record, it appears that he is not a truly dangerous criminal – all his conviciotns are for low-level drugs or immigration issues. Still, is this really the kind of person we want to harbor in SF? Is this the kind of person immigrant communitiies want to hold up as banners for their status? If he was part of my community, I’d want to ignore or distance myself from him – especially if I were trying to improve or prove my own status. Guys like Sanchez are not beneficial.

    So, guess Sanchez will go back to prison, where he’ll probably serve another 5 yrs, and then hopefully be returned from whence he came. But, please, could we all jsut agree now to not offer him Sanctuary again? I think he’s worn that welcome to “death”.

  12. There are THREE MILLION – plus one million more of their kids. They make up nearly 10% of the Bay Area’s population. If you don’t understand this, you will not understand what people are worked up about.

  13. Give me a break. We just had two weeks of media attention on Charleston (all black victims), and like two years before that on multiple white on black crimes – like one a week for the past two years (Ferguson, Trayvon, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, James Garner etc etc etc). Did you even think about that?

  14. Meh. Knew someone would chime in with this comment. Maybe people are upset because this woman was not ingrained in the gang culture (& moreso because of the immigration issue). Fact is a lot of people are complicit in the gang culture, like it or not. It’s not as simple as ‘blacks get no sympathy.’ People don’t cry when some white meth head lady gets killed in a trailer park, so it’s not a race thing. People are allowed to care if a pretty, peaceful human being on an outing with her dad is killed by a five times deported illegal immigrant, who the city released back on to the streets. It’s not as simple as you make it out to be.

  15. That won’t change until the US stands down on enforcing its empire via brutal violence in the global south.

    When the President says “what we say, goes,” enough people think that applies to them too so as to cause a problem.

    It is not like Americans are violent people. Being expelled from a birth canal in a location does not determine such things.

    And it is not like the history of Europe is all smiles und sunshine.

    Nope, when nations are the seats of empires and those empires are enforced by brutality, then that brutality manifests in the metropole as it is perpetrated in the periphery.

  16. This is not an attack on immigrants, it is about those few undocumented immigrants who commit serial felonies.

  17. Sancutary City is an abysmal policy. We should end it now. I love how progs get their collective panties in a bunch when Uber or Air B&B flout the law. But illegal aliens? No problem! Come on in! We’ll protect you while you prey on the citizens of this once fine city.

  18. >Don’t forget that an Uber driver was engaged in this very act of app fiddling when he ran over and killed 6-year-old Sofia Liu.

    Wait…we’re not using deadly tragedies for political gain this week because of the Sanchez shooting….didn’t you get the email?????

  19. Uber and Lyft drivers are CONSTANTLY fiddling with the windshield-mounted apps, veering into other lanes or stopping mid-block. Constantly. Don’t forget that an Uber driver was engaged in this very act of app fiddling when he ran over and killed 6-year-old Sofia Liu.

  20. The point of this article is that illegal immigration in San Francisco is not the problem, and that lack of gun control is the problem everywhere. Im sorry this lady was shot – and that four people were murdered in Philadelphia on July 4 and seven people in Chicago and probably a lot more around the country, and they weren’t shot by illegal immigrants. Nor were the nine people killed by Dylann Roof.

  21. I don’t want to see anyone get shot. But there are probably thousands of illegal Latin immigrants in California, very few of them are shooting people. And you’re right, unfortunately we have a caste system in this country even though no one talks about it and the people who are lowest in the caste ranking develop their own subcultures, many of them violent.

  22. Sanchez, like some people on this thread, seems to have a loose connection to reality. Or may maybe he’s going for an insanity defense. According to the Ch. 7 interview he found the gun on a bench after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. Right.

  23. Are you unable to read or just obtuse? What is it about the sequence of events and the role of ICE in the release of Sanchez that you don’t understand?

  24. Simple solution to all this. 5 year sentence for each illegal border crossing. Then put them in chain gangs in the orchards picking crops or in garment factories.

  25. I hope you idiots remember this when you’re laughing along with the Tom & Tim show. Absolutely sickening. And Mirk’s not going to get away with this like he did with manhandling his wife. I’d say the same about Campos but he’s finished anyway.

  26. Seven Black people getting shot by other Black people is a ‘Dog Bites Man’ story. White girl gets shot – front page locally. White girl shot by illegal immigrant — front page nationally. Seven Black people getting shot by a white guy — Presidential news conference.

    Buy, yeah, there’s plenty of bias in the media. And, unfortunately, the mainstream media has little effect on marginal communities – like the Black underclass, which seems to esteem violence; or the white power cults, where prison will only make him a hero.

  27. He was (allegedly – according to his own account) shooting at Sea Lions!!! Don’t everyone trip over themselves offering this ‘po’ immigrant’ Sanctuary.

    What San Francisco ought to seriously consider is altering its “Sanctuary City’ ordinance to rescind coverage to those who have been convicted of a felony. We could argue about whether pot possession should be covered or not. But – burglary, theft, animal cruelty … lets let the world know that this is no longer a haven for hooligans.

    After all, would St Francis have approved of someone treating animals like Sanchez did?

  28. If ICE wanted Sanchez deported they should have taken the legal steps to do so. Instead, they sent him to the SF jail on a relatively minor warrant with a request that he be detained. A judge who heard the case involving the warrant dismissed the charges. After that happened and checks proved that he had served his federal sentence the SF sheriff had no legal grounds for holding him.

    Under SF law, state law, and a federal court decision from Oregon, these ICE detention requests have no legal standing and the agency has taken no steps to change this, according to Mirkarimi’s statement above. I can only speculate on why they have not, but one guess is that they don’t want to get embroiled in a controversy over whether local jails should be made responsible, and perhaps be paid, for housing undocumented immigrants that ICE may want to deport at some future date.

    Now, you might make the case that ICE is understaffed and doesn’t have the legal resources to deport everyone it should, but that’s not a California or SF issue. It’s a matter for Obama, Congress, and maybe Grover Nordquist.

  29. er, the legal mechanism doesn’t exist because SF banned that communication.

    I’m not quite clear what LEOs knew exactly but if someone is a convicted felon, that should be reason enuf to boot him

  30. I agree with the position that ICE holds are often unconstitutional, and that detaining people merely for their immigration status (real or suspected) is a no-go, but the fact that they released him without at least notifying ICE really bothers me.

  31. There are more guns than people. Confiscation is not only unconstitutional, it is unfeasible.

  32. Irrelevant in the context of this story. Keeping dangerous illegal felons behind bars or shipping them out of the country is an ICE responsibility. If we want our local jails to become holding pens for illegal aliens we need a legal mechanism for doing so. That doesn’t exist and in San Francisco is ill-advised.

  33. The report on the shooting was excellent. This is the story the Chronicle should have run.

  34. I’m not trying to make a point about which cities or states in the United States have better or worse gun laws and how this relates to gun violence. I am simply commenting on the fact that the United States has a very high level of gun violence, and I don’t honestly think that is going to change.

  35. Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the country.

    Chicago officials blame all the murders on guns smuggled in from rural Illinois and Indiana.

    Strangely, despite all the guns in rural Illinois and Indiana, there aren’t a lot of murders in those places.

  36. Seven people were shot and killed in Chicago this weekend, including a seven year old boy.People in America are always more horrified when a young pretty Caucasian woman is killed than when black people are killed. The police in Chicago confiscated over one illegal gun per hour. Maybe we are beyond gun control in this country. Even if the government tried to take away peoples’ guns it might not even work, there are probably many more guns than people at this point.

  37. Redmond is the Lady Macbeth of San Francisco politics – trying to wash the blood off the hands of progressives like Mirkarimi and Campos.

    Channel 7 interviewed Sanchez:

    “He appeared frail and nervous when he talked about returning to the U.S. after being deported back to his native Mexico five times.
    Barnard: “Why did you keep coming back to the U.S., why did you come back to San Francisco?”
    Sanchez: “Because I was looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction.”

    Sanchez said he knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.”

  38. No doubt politicians across the San Francisco political spectrum have been falling over themselves in the cynical chase of the grand prize of the Latino vote, but with progressives at the front of the bus. Which is why the “whitening” of the mission is so distressful to them, “Hey, we’ve been pandering to the Latino vote all these years and now they’re leaving?!? That’s bait and switch!” Which brings us to the Mission Moratorium and demands for more and more subsidies to pay the way for certain populations.

  39. Why do we want to keep felons in this country who are here in illegally?

    Does this really helped anyone?

  40. Please do rely 100% on the voice cues on you navigation system. By doing so, we will soon be liberated from your commentary.

  41. Also, re Uber, somebody needs to explain to Tim how these new fangled GPS gizmos work. What he wrote is embarrassing.

    No, the driver doesn’t have to stop to look at the screen because there are voice prompts. These devices know every city street and usually the current traffic situation as well. If you do want to look at the screen it will just say “make a left in 600 yards on Montgomery”. So, no, you don’t need to block traffic to stare at a GPS device.

    Which is why most cab drivers use them.

  42. Why are these politicians so pro criminal illegal immigrant? The immigrants are not in fear stop making up things. Illegal immigrants are not the same as legal immigrants. Millions of people are waiting to come to America. No reason to not detain those who came illegally and are felons

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