Republican Governor Turns Illinois into a Sanctuary State

What good is having a Republican governor when he oversees the transformation of his state into a sanctuary zone that protect illegal alien criminals? That’s what happened on Monday when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that prevents local police from doing their jobs if the suspect is an illegal alien.

An additional sanctuary state is not the way things are supposed to be going. The election of Donald Trump was due in part to his position as strong on law and borders. The American people want their immigration laws enforced.

In particular, the new law is an insult to crime victims of illegal aliens, like Brian McCann, whose brother Denny (pictured) was killed in Chicago in 2011 by a drunk-driving illegal alien Saul Chavez with priors who was not deported.

Worse, he was released on bail from Cook County Jail, as if an illegal alien causing a death in a hit-and-run was not a flight risk.

Brian has continued to pursue justice despite all the obstacles thrown up by open-borders forces in government. He spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2015 that was titled Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims.

A C-SPAN video of the hearing is available, and Brian tells the story of his brother’s death beginning at 54:00. His written testimony is here: BRIAN MCCANN, Testimony, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Tuesday July 21, 2015

As Brian McCann says in the video below, sanctuary policy protecting illegal aliens endangers the safety of Americans.

MIKE TOBIN: Illinois with a Republican governor just became a sanctuary state. The bill was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday. It prohibits local police from making an arrest based on immigration status; it mandates that local police ignore immigration detainers, and says they can only hold an undocumented immigrant if a court order is obtained. Now members of the Hispanic community were on hand as the bill was signed into law, and there was representation from the Illinois law enforcement community. Rovernor Rauner said he consulted with local police before signing it.

GOV. RAUNER: They all said to me governor this is a reasonable compromise, it will help us do our jobs better, it will help us keep our communities safer.

TOBIN: Now the 2016 Illinois Republican party platform called for a reversal of sanctuary city policies but the Republican Party chair is supporting the governor with the signing of this bill because he said Governor Rauner’s negotiations turned a 40-page bill filled with restrictions for police into a two-page compromise.

SHANNON BREAM: Okay, I imagine though, Mike, that a Republican governor signing a bill like this has run into some opposition.

TOBIN: Lots of opposition: starting with Brian McCann. Brian McCain’s brother Dennis was killed by a drunk driver in 2011. That drunk driver Saul Chavez was in the country illegally. An immigration order was was filed, but that immigration order was ignored due to the policies of Cook County. Saul Chavez made bail, then fled to Mexico.

BRIAN MCCANN: The insult and injury continues because they know better. This is the issue of safety; this is safety. The American citizens are less safe with these sanctuary city policies. It’s as plain as night and day.

TOBIN: Now downstate Republican Senator Kyle McCarter told me yesterday that the governor just alienated his base in the part of this state that supported Donald Trump. In fact, he said this Republican governor is the best governor Democrats ever had.

Senator Feinstein Speeds to the Rescue of Deportees

There’s nothing like a tearful sob story to get attention, even at the highest echelons of power. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) swung into action after recently reading in the press that some Mexicans were being deported from her state:

Feinstein criticizes Trump over deportation that splits Oakland family, San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 2017

Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Thursday for the federal government to reverse the deportation of an Oakland nurse and her husband, saying their removal after more than two decades in the country revealed the “cruel and arbitrary nature” of President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Responding to a front-page Chronicle story about Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and Eusebio Sanchez — who plan to depart for Mexico on Tuesday with their 12-year-old son to start a new life, while leaving behind three older daughters who have legal status — Feinstein went to the family’s home for an afternoon meeting to discuss their plight. . .

On Friday, I reported on the case and its widespread news coverage in More Deportation Hooey: Trump the Family Splitter! But there’s lots more.

Even Mexico’s Univision network reported on the couple’s free trip home, with an espanol video of Senator Feinstein’s visit to their Oakland home and remarks: La senadora Dianne Feinstein visita a un matrimonio mexicano cuya deportación está programada para el martes.

Senator Feinstein visited the family and discussed the case with the press.

The California senator even had a supportive kiss for Maria Sanchez, the Mexican illegal alien!

Funny, I don’t recall seeing Senator Feinstein reach out to families of crime victims of illegal aliens, like Kate Steinle’s heartbroken parents or the remaining members of the Bologna family after three were murdered by a Mexican gangster. And all four of these victims of illegal aliens were killed in Feinstein’s home city of San Francisco where she was once mayor.

When speaking to the press at the Sanchez house, Feinstein remarked, “This is a mistake, this shouldn’t happen. I mean, go after the gang bangers, go after the criminals: leave the law-abiding good people who are adding to our economy, whose children are productive, they’re all going to school, they’re all going to give back to society.”

Does Feinstein not understand that illegal immigration is against the law and harms citizens whose jobs the aliens steal? She plans to introduce a private bill in the Senate to lift the deportation order.

Here’s a news report from ABC in San Francisco:

Feinstein even issued a press release to illustrate her concern. When was the last time she went to bat to protect an American??

Feinstein Statement on Pending Deportation of Sanchez Family, Aug 10, 2017

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the case of the Sanchez family as detailed in the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The cruel and arbitrary nature of President Trump’s immigration enforcement policies is captured in the heartbreaking story of the Sanchez family.

“Maria and Eusebio Sanchez have lived in this country for more than 20 years. They are hardworking parents raising four children, three citizens and one protected by DACA. They have no criminal records. They pay taxes, own their home and contribute to this country. These are the kind of people we should welcome into the United States with open arms.

“Instead, the family has been notified that they must leave the country by Tuesday.

“Tearing this family apart doesn’t make anyone safer, it only places incredible hardship on their three children who will remain behind, forced to navigate their lives without their parents.

“This case exemplifies that it’s nearly impossible for undocumented immigrants to get right with the law when they want to do so. The Sanchez family has tried for two decades to obtain legal status.

“The deportation of Maria and Eusebio would be a loss for the Oakland community. The equities of their case should be given full consideration so that this family has an opportunity to stay together.”

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President Trump Preaches Law and Borders on Long Island

The Trump administration’s crackdown against the extremely violent MS-13 Salvadoran gang has been going well, with some important recent arrests. So it made sense for the president to visit Long Island on Friday, to give a speech to a largely law enforcement audience and send them well deserved accolades, as well as tout his own success.

However, President Trump’s remarks did not mention Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the AG’s earlier work on Long Island’s gang violence as well as his trip to El Salvador on Thursday to establish better international partnerships for law enforcement. So apparently Sessions is still on the outs, judging by Trump’s omission of his efforts.

In contrast, President Trump did the right thing by inviting and acknowledging crime victim parents, as he has done many times before.

Martha McCallum of Fox News interviewed the parents of Kayla Cuevas after the Long Island speech to talk about the murder of their daughter by MS-13 gangsters. Kayla and her friend were brutally beaten and slashed to death after Kayla got into a disagreement on social media with some gangsters who attended high school with them.

Below, high school girls Nisa Mickens (left) and Kayla Cuevas (right) were murdered by MS-13 gangsters.

One important cause of the worsened crime was the open borders policy of President Obama, who was not mentioned by name in the Trump speech, but was noted indirectly:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The previous administration enacted an open-door policy to illegal migrants from Central America.  “Welcome in.  Come in, please, please.”

As a result, MS-13 surged into the country and scoured, and just absolutely destroyed, so much in front of it.  New arrivals came in and they were all made recruits of each other, and they fought with each other, and then they fought outside of each other.  And it got worse and worse, and we’ve turned that back.

In the three years before I took office, more than 150,000 unaccompanied alien minors arrived at the border and were released all throughout our country into United States’ communities — at a tremendous monetary cost to local taxpayers and also a great cost to life and safety.

Nearly 4,000 from this wave were released into Suffolk County — congratulations — including seven who are now indicted for murder.  You know about that.

In Washington, D.C. region, at least 42 alien minors from the border surge have been recently implicated in MS-13-related violence, including 19 charged in killings or attempted killings.

In fact, Obama knowingly admitted MS-13 gangsters among the “unaccompanied minors” who were admitted in the tens of thousands who at best only overwhelmed schools and social services, using resources that should have gone to needy citizens. But many foreign criminals knew an opportunity when they saw one, and therefore flooded in.

Not only does President Trump have to reconstruct the economy that the previous administration battered into submission, he also has to restore the rule of law so parents needn’t fear their kids getting murdered at school by criminal gangsters.

The whole speech follows, with transcript here:

House Immigration Enforcement Bills Shine an Overdue Light on Illegal Alien Criminals

It was good to see crime victims of illegal aliens get a kind of validation on Thursday when the House of Representatives debated and passed Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

A number of the crime victim families were in Washington for the occasion of the vote, as well as meeting with President Trump. On Tuesday, several inaugurated a new activist group, the Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC)

One of those present was Mary Ann Mendoza, who lost her son, Mesa Arizona Police Sergeant Brandon Mendoza (pictured below) when he was killed in a head-on collision by an illegal alien driving the wrong way on a freeway. The killer, Raul Silva-Corona, had a blood-alcohol level of .24 percent and had not been deported after earlier crimes of burglary and assault. Mary Ann Mendoza’s anger at the preventable death prompted her to write a letter to President Obama in 2014.

Tucker Carlson, a long-time friend of immigration enforcement particularly against violent criminals, invited Mendoza for a discussion on Thursday about the government’s history of passivity toward illegal alien criminals who have been killing and otherwise harming American citizens for years.

TUCKER CARLSON: The House of Representatives today voted to pass Kate’s Law, a bill that if enacted would stiffen penalties for deported illegal aliens who reenter the United States as so many do. The house also passed a bill that would cut off federal grants to sanctuary cities. Mary Ann Mendoza is the mother of Sergeant Brandon Mendoza who was a police officer killed by a previously deported illegal alien: she joins us tonight. Mary Ann, thanks for coming on. Does this bill do what you want it to do?

MARY ANN MENDOZA: It’s a beginning, and absolutely more more light needs to be shed on this problem in our country, and I think more Americans need to be educated of what’s really happening behind the scenes: politicians lie, mainstream media does not give the correct statistics of what’s happening to American citizens in our country. Continue reading this article

Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens Are Noted by New York Times

It’s a pleasant surprise to see the New York Times publish a decent story about the crime victims of illegal aliens on Monday’s front page. True, there’s no photo of a murdered American or the bereaved family on page 1, but it does include a fine quote from Jamiel Shaw whose son was killed by an undeported illegal alien gangster. In response to candidate Trump’s characterizing Mexicans immigrants as rapists and criminals, Shaw wanted the media to know, “I would have said they were murderers.”

During Trump’s Republican Convention, several crime victim parents spoke about their loss. Sabine Durden is pictured speaking below.

In his convention acceptance speech, candidate Trump stated his concern for the victims of illegal immigration:

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly?

Below, Jamiel Shaw, Mary Ann Mendoza and Sabine Durden are shown with their deceased children.

The whole point of having legal immigration is the screening to weed out criminals, psychokillers and enemies of America. Open borders crazies prefer to ignore the deadly blowback of their obsession.

Here’s the front-page snip of the Times article:

From Deep Grief, a Solid Bond With Trump on Border Policy, by Vivian Lee, New York Times, June 26, 2017

The families could reel off all the times they had called the media and written to Washington, but after all that trying, they had never heard anyone who mattered say anything like it: Most Mexican immigrants, Donald J. Trump declared in his first campaign speech, were “rapists” who were “bringing drugs, bringing crime” across the border.

Now he had come to meet them, the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants, and they wanted to tell him he was right.

One son had been struck by a truck, another shot just around the corner from home. Different causes of death, but the driver, the gunman, all the perpetrators were the same, the parents said: people who never should have been in the country in the first place.

Sitting alone with them at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in July 2015, the candidate distributed hugs as the families wept. When the campaign had called, most of them had been told only that they were going to meet with Mr. Trump. But then the group was ushered into the next room, where the campaign had invited reporters to a news conference.

It was a surprise, but no one seemed to mind. Several stepped up to endorse Mr. Trump. “He’s speaking for the dead,” said Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose teenage son was shot to death by a gang member in Los Angeles in 2008. “He’s speaking for my son.”

Mr. Shaw wanted the news media to know that Mr. Trump could have gone further when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.

“I would have said they were murderers,” he said.

The full online article is here: For Grieving Parents, Trump Is ‘Speaking for the Dead’ on Immigration

New York Times: Illegal Alien Women Fear to Report Abuse because President Trump Will Deport Them

For the Sob Story File: a Mexican woman illegally residing in the US fears reporting her husband’s abuse because she might get deported. Cristina had begun the process of applying for a “special visa for victims of abuse” — the U visa — but stopped because of her mistrust of the American legal system.

Just how sorry are we citizens supposed to feel for a woman who won’t avail herself of remedies offering by the US government for her situation?

The New York Times articles does mention the U visa specifically — a subject which I investigated in a 2007 Vdare.com article: Victim Visas—How America Stupidly Rewards Misfortune and Fraud. It still seems like a dumb idea for the government to offer legal visas to people whose only qualification for eventual American citizenship is being a crime victim, but that opportunity is indeed enshrined in law. If illegal aliens don’t use it, then tough.

Findlaw has a description of the goodies available for non-citizen crime victims:

The ‘Domestic Violence Green Card’: Immigrant Visa Petitions for Victims

If you’re the victim of domestic violence and you’re not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible to file your own application for what is commonly called a “domestic violence green card.” Typically, green cards (permanent resident status documents) are obtained when a family member or an employer sponsors an immigrant’s application to reside in the United States on a permanent or long-term basis.

However, if you’re residing in the U.S. and suffering as a victim of domestic violence, you are able to self-petition for a green card under a provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). If you’re not currently residing in the U.S. but your abuser is an employee of the U.S. government or a member of the uniformed services, you can still file for your own green card if you were abused by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident while present in the United States. Finally, if you’re an illegal immigrant suffering domestic violence, you aren’t immediately eligible for the “domestic violence green card” but you can still receive protection from the government if you qualify for a special non-immigrant visa called a U visa.

Below, immigrants become naturalized American citizens, a much-desired status for illegal aliens.

A 2011 article in the Daily Mail (UK), titled The ‘crime visa’: How 18,000 illegal immigrants got legal status by being the victim of a crime, reported that at that time 14,000 of their relatives were also covered by the U visa which had an acceptance rate of 77 percent. The piece further observed, “While many immigrants may still be unaware of the U visa, word is spreading fast in some communities.”

So the U visa for non-citizen crime victims is an accepted practice, not some oddball offshoot of immigration law that doesn’t work. So why does the New York Times drone on at length about illegal aliens freaking out that they might get a free ride home to their country of citizenship? It is simply an excuse to impugn the new president as the architect of Fear among suffering foreigners. It seeks to conflate a single instance of a women being arrested by ICE “moments after she received a protective order” into a whole trend.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands have been protected by U visas. If that visa category is really so ineffective, then perhaps the government should end it as also being a bad policy from the start because it rewards foreign crime victims but there are no comparable advantages given to US citizens who have also experienced violent crime.

Too Scared to Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation., New York Times, April 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Cristina’s husband had hit and threatened her repeatedly for years, she said, but it wasn’t until last year that she began to fear for the safety of her young children, too. Reluctantly, she reported him and filed a police report.

Cristina, an immigrant from Mexico who arrived in the United States as a teenager in the 1980s, began to apply for a special visa for victims of abuse that would set her on a path to citizenship and her own freedom. Then last month, she told her lawyer that she no longer wanted to apply. She was too fearful, she said, not of her husband, but of the government.

“I am scared they will find me,” Cristina, who lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, said in an interview, asking that her last name not be used.

Domestic violence has always been a notoriously difficult crime to prosecute. It often takes victims years to seek help, and they frequently have to be persuaded to testify against their assailants. And for many undocumented victims, taking that step has become exceedingly difficult because of fears that the government will detain and deport them if they press charges, according to law enforcement officials, lawyers and advocates from across the country.

Since the presidential election, there has been a sharp downturn in reports of sexual assault and domestic violence among Latinos throughout the country, and many experts attribute the decline to fears of deportation. Law enforcement officials in several large cities, including Los Angeles, Houston and Denver, say the most dangerous fallout of changes in policy and of harsh statements on immigration is that fewer immigrants are willing to go to the police.

The number of Latinos reporting rapes in Houston has fallen by more than 40 percent this year from the same period last year, Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department, said this month. The drop, he added, “looks like the beginnings of people not reporting crime.”

In Los Angeles this year, reports of domestic violence among Latinos have dropped by 10 percent and reports of sexual assault by 25 percent from a year ago, declines that Charlie Beck, the chief of the Police Department, said were likely due to fear of the federal government. Dozens of service providers and lawyers interviewed said immigrant women were deciding not to report abuse or press charges. Continue reading this article

America’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions Moves Against Deadly Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Sessions appeared at the beginning of Sean Spicer’s daily press briefing on Monday to speak about the administration’s seriousness regarding the withdrawal of federal funds from communities that choose to protect illegal aliens rather than citizens.

Unsurprisingly, Sessions noted that these bad policies have deadly consequences, including the preventable death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a five-times-deported Mexican. Sessions’ Senate career included a recognition of the human cost of immigration anarchy, and crime victims of illegal aliens were a topic in his Attorney General hearing.

Kate Steinle was shot dead as she strolled with her father on a San Francisco pier by a habitual illegal alien criminal whom the city had protected from deportation.

In January, President Trump signed an executive order promising to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. General Sessions tightened the legal screws today.

Stiffer measures will likely be needed since outliers like San Francisco promise to defend foreign lawbreakers using taxpayer funds. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is seeking legislation to jail law enforcement officials for refusing to enforce the law against illegal aliens — which may be the level of punishment required to restore immigration enforcement throughout America.

Here’s the Sessions statement:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing Sanctuary Jurisdictions, Monday, March 27, 2017

Good afternoon.  The Department of Justice has a duty to enforce our nation’s laws, including our immigration laws.  Those laws require us to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted of certain crimes.

The vast majority of the American people support this common-sense requirement.  According to one recent poll, 80 percent of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities.

Unfortunately, some states and cities have adopted policies designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.  This includes refusing to detain known felons under federal detainer requests, or otherwise failing to comply with these laws.  For example, the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report showing that in a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime.  The charges and convictions against these aliens include drug trafficking, hit and run, rape, sex offenses against a child and even murder.

Such policies cannot continue.  They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on our streets.

We all remember the tragic case of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed two years ago in San Francisco as she walked along a pier with her father.  The shooter, Francisco Sanchez, was an illegal immigrant who had already been deported five times and had seven felony convictions.

Just eleven weeks before the shooting, San Francisco had released Sanchez from its custody, even though ICE had filed a detainer requesting that he be kept in custody until immigration authorities could pick him up for removal.  Even worse, Sanchez admitted that the only reason he came to San Francisco was because of its sanctuary policies. Continue reading this article

Sanctuary Policies Continue to Harm Americans, with Liberal Help

The wickedness of liberal politicians still amazes, as they continue their open-borders, no-enforcement policies that directly cause the deaths and injury of innocent Americans. Liberals’ morality is a strange concoction in how they believe that the protection of foreign criminals is more virtuous than public safety for the citizens whose taxes fund the system.

A symbol of justice in America is a blindfolded woman holding a scale to indicate that the application of law should not depend on the nationality of the accused person. But liberal ideology decrees that diverse persons are victims and therefore require extra influence to be added to their side.

Illegal alien crime has been in the news recently, particularly because of the shocking Rockville High School rape by a pair of illegal aliens a few days ago and the stubborn resistance of Maryland officials to dismantle their dangerous sanctuary policies.

Interestingly, Univision reported that America’s top liberal, Barack Obama, contributed the kid-alien policy that led to the Rockville rape, and the tougher border enforcement of President Trump would have kept the illegal alien perps out.

Don Rosenberg, the father of an illegal alien crime victim, appeared on Fox News Saturday to discuss the continuing plague of sanctuary policies.

Below, Don Rosenberg holds a photo of his son Drew, who was killed by an unlicensed illegal alien who had been previously arrested but released.

(Historical note regarding the following video: the man in horn-rimmed glasses standing to the left of Mayor Eric Garcetti is the long-time enemy of American law and sovereignty, Gil Cedillo. Despite being born in Barstow, the hispanic politician was known for years as “One Bill Gil” for his relentless pursuit of drivers’ licenses for illegal aliens because the document functions as a sort of amnesty-lite since it opens the door to benefits and jobs. He must be thrilled that California is moving to become a sanctuary state to spite President Trump, a policy that will of course be a giant criminal magnet.)

When asked about Mayor Garcetti’s sanctuary policy in Los Angeles — which remarkably extends to non-cooperation with the federal authorities at the city’s international airport — Rosenberg responded, “I guess insanity would be the easy answer. What’s amazing about what Garcetti is doing . . . is he’s jeopardizing the health, safety, welfare of everybody in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. If we learned one thing from the 9/11 Commission when it came to terrorism, is that law enforcement has to work together. And look what just happened in England this week — so you have a terrorist who wasn’t on the watch list, could have flown to Los Angeles and [Garcetti]’s telling the Los Angeles police, don’t work with the federal authorities even at the airport. I mean, it’s criminal behavior on his part.”

Hopefully, President Trump will punish these sanctuary areas more harshly than just cutting their federal aid in order to return immigration law enforcement and protection from foreign criminals to all of the United States.

Massachusetts Sanctuary Mayors Are Called Out for Violating Federal Law

A couple of Bay State mayors have been waving their diversity flag and doubling down in support of sanctuary, like Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh who promises a safe space for foreign invaders in his city’s city hall:

Sanctuary Suites: Defiant mayor vows to harbor illegals at Boston City Hall, Boston Herald, January 26, 2017

“If people want to live here, they’ll live here,” Walsh said yesterday. “They can use my office. They can use any office in this building. Any place they want to use. They’ll be able to use this building as a safe space.”

Why do liberal mayors think immigration to America is a right? Should the billions of poor people on the planet be permitted to move here just because they want to?

The mayors say they want to keep their communities safe, but crime victims of illegal aliens see it differently because sanctuary cities are less safe for American citizens.

Milford, Massachusetts, resident Maureen Maloney objected to the arrogant mayors because she lost her son Matthew Denice when a drunk-driving illegal alien dragged him to death. The Ecuadoran alien, Nikolas Guaman, had a long rap sheet but was protected by Massachusetts’ sanctuary policy, allowing him to remain and eventually kill 23-year-old Matthew.

Below, in 2014 Maureen Maloney gave a victim’s statement at the sentencing of Guaman for manslaughter.

In the current matter of sanctuary, Maloney said her family’s loss will never go away.

Grieving mom calls out pols grandstanding on sanctuary issue, Boston Herald, January 27, 2017

Any grandstanding mayor who actually harbors illegal immigrants should be prosecuted by the feds, said the grieving mother of a Milford man killed by a motorist who faces deportation after his jail sentence is up. . .

“The ripple effect of losing Matthew is not just the pain and suffering of me and his immediate family,” she stressed. “He had a longtime girlfriend. They were planning on getting married. He had a huge circle of friends and extended relatives. The ripple effect just goes on and on and on.

“I hear them saying that we’re separating these (illegal immigrant) families. Well, my family has been permanently separated. And I can’t call heaven and I can’t visit heaven. I have to go visit a grave,” she said. “The illegals do have other options. My son has no options. He had a very promising life, and it’s gone. There’s no other way to put it.”

She recently spoke on a Boston radio show:

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County Massachusetts won’t accept the liberal do-gooder blather about protecting illegal aliens. He was interviewed on Fox News on Sunday and discussed the illegal aspect of sanctuary policy.

ED HENRY: You might call it a Sanctuary City Showdown. Some mayors are speaking out after president Trump’s executive move to strip funding for sanctuary cities.

BOSTON MAYOR MARTIN WALSH: You are safe in Boston. We will do everything lawful in our power to protect you.

SOMERVILLE MASS. MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE: Somerville will stand with you regardless of your race, creed, color, gender. . . We know what makes America great. Continue reading this article

President Trump Outs Illegal Alien Crime

In an executive order issued on Wednesday, President Trump directed the Homeland Security Department to release periodic lists of crimes committed by illegal aliens residing in sanctuary cities:

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, Whitehouse.gov, January 25, 2017

(b)  To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.

One of the more appealing aspects to the candidacy of Donald Trump was the seriousness with which he approached illegal alien crime and his obvious compassion toward families who had lost a loved one in crimes that would have been prevented by real borders. Relatives of crime victims were invited to speak at Trump’s Republican convention.

Last April, Jamiel Shaw, standing at the podium, told a Trump campaign audience about the 2008 murder of his teenaged son who was shot and killed near his home by an exceptionally violent illegal alien gangster who nevertheless had been released onto Los Angeles streets instead of deported. Others on the stage are holding pictures of their relatives also killed by unlawful foreigners: one is Sabine Durden who is standing closest to Donald Trump.

Although this information should absolutely be made public — because the extent of illegal alien crime has routinely been hidden by authorities — it’s unclear how much effect the information will have. In certain locales, protecting illegal alien criminals is practically a religion. In San Francisco, the murder of Kate Steinle by a career alien criminal deported multiple times caused officials no regret about their sanctuary policy at all. In fact, the city doubled down on its criminal shielding program because apparently immigration diversity is the peak value of liberals.

Interestingly, during a KQED radio show on Thursday discussing sanctuary in San Francisco, Angela Chan (senior staff attorney for the Asian Law Caucus) condemned the “hysteria” surrounding the Steinle killing, which she called a “horrible tragedy” rather than a preventable crime. Funny how citizens’ deeply felt concern about injustice and public safety looks like “hysteria” to leftist political operatives.

Trump creates name-and-shame list to embarrass sanctuary cities, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, January 26, 2017

President Trump on Wednesday ordered the Homeland Security Department to begin releasing a name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, listing the specific crimes such as murder or robbery committed by those who have been released back into their communities under the sanctuary policies.

That was one of a number of less-noticed but potentially far-reaching moves tucked inside two new executive orders erasing decades of previous immigration enforcement policy and replacing it with the Trump plan, which calls for aggressive enforcement of existing laws.

Border Patrol and interior enforcement agents have been unshackled from the limits imposed by former President Barack Obama, as Mr. Trump said he wants to see them doing the jobs they were hired for.

He said he wants to enlist those local police and sheriff’s offices that are eager to enforce immigration law, and will punish those that throw up roadblocks — including the new name-and-shame list.

Some 279 cities and counties refused to cooperate on at least some deportations in 2016, accounting for 2,008 immigrants who were shielded, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Each of those immigrants’ convictions will now be publicly listed so residents can see the level of crimes committed by those released into their communities, under the Trump orders.

Analysts said that list could help rally internal opposition to sanctuary cities, which are already rallying to defy Mr. Trump. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Discusses Immigration Enforcement of Violent Illegal Aliens during His Attorney General Hearing

Crime victims of illegal aliens were a topic in the Tuesday hearing for Jeff Sessions’ appointment to be Attorney General in the Trump Administration. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse brought up the case of Omaha constituent Sarah Root who was killed by an illegal alien just a day after she graduated from college. If that wasn’t bad enough, some local authorities allowed the drunk-driving Honduran Edwin Mejia to post bond and escape. The bond was just $50,000, meaning Mejia needed only 10 percent of that, $5000, to get out of jail and leave the country.

Below, illegal alien Edwin Mejia (left) killed Sarah Root, yet he could post bond even though he was clearly a flight risk.

The systemic lawlessness of the Obama regime has been a plague upon the land and the cause of many preventable deaths caused by illegal aliens. As Senator Jeff Sessions remarked in a hearing about crime victims of illegal aliens, “This administration has consistently and steadfastly placed the goal of amnesty above the goal of public safety.”

Crime victims of illegal aliens are important people to President-elect Trump also, who discussed them (including Sarah) in his acceptance speech and gave three parents a forum to speak at the GOP convention about the loss of their children.

Below, GOP convention attendees carried signs saying “Make America Safe Again!”

In Tuesday’s hearing, details of the conversation between Senators Sasse and Sessions illustrate what an unworkable mess immigration enforcement has become after eight years of its dismantling by Obama.

SENATOR BEN SASSE: Senator Sessions, I’d like to talk a little bit about the Sarah Root case: I know that you and I have discussed it briefly last summer. Sarah Root was woman who was killed a year ago this month in Omaha; she’d just graduated from college and she was killed by a drunken street racer. Omaha authorities believe that this guy had been engaged in similar activity many times in the past. He was an illegal immigrant, he ran into her car, killed her right after her graduation, he was detained by Omaha police, they ultimately notified the department of Homeland Security.

This guy is a flight risk — he was able to post a fairly insignificant bond and he disappeared. The Department of Homeland Security did nothing to detain the guy despite the fact that the Douglas County Sheriff and the Omaha Police Department asked that he be detained. The Obama administration determined that it wasn’t an enforcement priority. Continue reading this article

Parents Miss Daughter Killed by Illegal Alien, Especially at Christmas

The holidays are tough for families when there is an empty spot at the table, particularly so when that person was killed in a preventable crime by an illegal alien. The Washington Times reminded its readers of the costs of open borders on its Friday front page:

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Below, 21-year-old Sarah Root was killed in Omaha just a day after her college graduation by one of Obama’s protected DREAMers, reported here: ”Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Woman, Is Bailed Out and Disappears.”.

Candidate Donald Trump made a point of remembering crime victims of illegal aliens during his campaign, sometimes inviting parents onstage with him to speak. He remarked at the GOP convention in his acceptance speech, “Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.”

So crime victim families will soon have a friend in the White House, unlike now. The Roots work to keep Sarah’s killer in the news in hopes of his eventual apprehension, and they are confident the Trump administration will initiate policies that will help prevent other illegal aliens from murdering innocent Americans.

Iowa family set for ‘empty’ Christmas despite Trump’s help, Washington Times, December 22, 2016

Daughter killed by illegal alien in tragedy without justice

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — There was a time when Scott Root and Michelle Wilson-Root looked forward to Christmas, but not this year.

Their 21-year-old daughter, Sarah Root, was killed Jan. 31 by Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant from Honduras accused of plowing into the back of her vehicle as he street-raced while drunk in Omaha, Nebraska. He skipped bail. Nearly a year later, he remains a fugitive.

For the Roots, this is the first Christmas without her, their first since the tragedy put them on a path with President-elect Donald Trump, who brought national attention to the case as part of his call during the election campaign for a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Roots and their 25-year-old son, Scott Jr., met with and campaigned for Mr. Trump in Iowa. His Nov. 8 victory was their victory, too. That doesn’t make Christmas any easier.

“It’s going to suck,” said Mr. Root, his blank face a contrast to the cheerful green and red decorations at the local Starbucks. “Just like Thanksgiving sucked. Empty.”

It’s not hard to see why Sarah Root’s death resonated with Mr. Trump. The day before she was killed, Sarah graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University, where she carried a 4.0 GPA while working full time at Walgreens.

The 19-year-old driver, also known as Edwin Mejia, had a blood alcohol content of 0.241, three times the legal limit, when his truck rear-ended her Oldsmobile Bravada SUV. Despite Mejia’s history of missing court dates, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to put a hold on him.

Charged with vehicular homicide, Mejia posted the required $5,000 of the $50,000 bond set by a Nebraska judge and fled. He has been added to ICE’s most-wanted list, although there is no word on his whereabouts.

The case soon came to symbolize a perfect storm of judicial and bureaucratic indifference. Even ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale acknowledged in a letter to Iowa and Nebraska Senate Republicans that “Edwin Mejia should be in custody.”

“The killer of our child is gone,” said Mr. Root. “The judge has no accountability. The federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he wasn’t an enforcement priority. Now he’s on the top 10 of the ICE list, so he is a priority, but there’s no federal money to catch him. Zero.”

From a political standpoint, the Roots were in the right place at the right time — Iowa, in the middle of a Republican presidential primary.

They connected with Mr. Trump in February and threw their support behind him as he bashed the Obama administration for allowing Mejia to slip through the cracks, first after he entered country as an unaccompanied minor in 2013 and then for refusing to detain him.

“I’ve met Sarah’s beautiful family. But to this administration, their amazing daughter was just one more American life that wasn’t worth protecting,” Mr. Trump said in his July 21 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. “One more child to sacrifice on the altar of open borders.” Continue reading this article

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