A University of California, Berkeley College Republicans’ vigil for Kate Steinle, whose 2015 death ignited a fierce debate over immigration law and sanctuary cities, faced counterprotesters who are said to have accused the group of using her death to advance a racist agenda.
The Thursday vigil was held at Sproul Hall on a campus that has been a hotbed of political activity since Donald Trump’s election as president.
“The burden of tragedy no longer solely rests on the shoulders of her family, but on the shoulders every American,” Naweed Tahmas, external vice president of the Berkeley College Republicans, said during the event, according to The College Fix.
“However, when illegal immigration policies kill Americans, we are told that we must remain silent. The media lectures us on how we are politicizing a death,” Tahmas continued. “The media and our politicians want to erase Kate’s name and story from history. It’s on us to speak the name of America’s lost daughter: Kate Steinle.”
Tahmas said that during the vigil, protesters arrived on scene and became loud.
“They were shouting during my remarks, and throughout the vigil,” he said. “I couldn’t make out everything they were shouting, but it’s usually: ‘In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist regime.’”
Following the vigil, a poster of Steinle was left overnight. The following morning, however, it was found torn up and thrown in the trash, according to pictures on the group’s Facebook page.
“This is typical at UC Berkeley,” the university’s College Republicans wrote, “where honoring the legacy of someone who was killed by a 7-time felon and 5-time deportee is offensive.”
Source: Conservative Daily