BOSTON HERALD: Ben Carson calls for banning sanctuary cities
As originally appearing in The Boston Herald


BEDFORD, N.H. — Republican hopeful Ben Carson today offered a solution to prevent a similar murder like the shooting death in San Francisco allegedly committed by an illegal immigrant who had been previously deported five times.

“No sanctuary cities,” said Carson in response to an attendee’s question during a Politics & Eggs event at the Bedford Village Inn this afternoon. “I think that’s ridiculous.”

Carson’s comments came as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez admitted in a TV interview he shot and killed 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in a tourist-friendly section of San Francisco.

The shooting has sparked a nation-wide controversy because Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times and San Francisco’s status as a “Sanctuary City” for illegal immigrants prevented city officials from cooperating with the feds when he was released on drug charges the week before.

“You have to turn off the spigot that dispenses the goodies,” said Carson. “If there’s nothing for them to come here for, they’re not going to risk coming in here.”

Carson also said Donald Trump’s message about stopping illegal immigration is being overshadowed by the language he’s using, which was “perhaps a little inflammatory.”

“I learned that a few months ago, to tone down the rhetoric,” said Carson. “That’s why you haven’t heard me do that much lately because I want people to hear what I’m saying.”

Later, he told reporters he doesn’t think Trump is hurting the party.

“He is who he is,” said Carson. “Could you imagine a Donald Trump who’s, like, nice, mild-mannered and says everything in a very peaceful — it wouldn’t be Donald Trump.”

He also believes he is a “shoo-in” to qualify among the top 10 candidates to appear on the stage for next month’s first Republican primary debate.

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