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Letters: Immigrant gunman shouldn't be here

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2015

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2015 file photo, Liz Sullivan, left, and Jim Steinle, right, parents of Kathryn Steinle, talk to members of the media outside their home in Pleasanton, Calif. Steinle's parents will be interviewed by Bill O'Reilly Monday, July 13, 2015, for a segment on his Fox News show. Steinle was walking along a San Francisco pier July 1 when she was killed by a gun allegedly fired by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who is in the country illegally. (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File) Credit: AP

The editorial "Reminded anew: Fix immigration" [July 8] recounts the senseless killing of an American citizen, allegedly by a man in the country illegally. He had seven felony convictions and had been deported five times. He was released from jail in San Francisco, a so-called sanctuary city, even after immigration officials asked that he be detained.

The editorial states, "The furor over Kathryn Steinle's slaying, while understandable, has mostly missed the broader point that our nation has repeatedly failed to address comprehensive immigration reform." Nothing could be more inaccurate. We have a more than adequate set of immigration laws. Unfortunately, the federal government and the sanctuary cities refuse to enforce the laws. If our laws were enforced, it's likely that Steinle would be alive today.

Many, many Americans have been killed by gang violence and in traffic accidents caused by people in this country illegally.

When Marcelo Lucero, who was here illegally, was slain on Long Island, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated and reached an agreement with the Suffolk County police to change local policies. Will Steinle's death be investigated by the Department of Justice?

Robert F. LaPorta, Dix Hills

In East Hampton, Uber drivers with no town taxi licenses chose to plead guilty and pay a fine to avoid jail time.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, a five-time deported, felon, who was in this country illegally, walked free from a California jail. He allegedly shot to death a young American woman walking with her family.

The feds fail to penalize sanctuary cities like San Francisco that flout federal laws designed to protect American citizens from real danger.

Something, indeed, is very wrong with this picture. Who is the bigger threat? Taxi drivers or felons?

Leslie Dimmling, Garden City