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Father tells Congress: My Son ‘Was Murdered By a DREAMer’

A man whose son was murdered by a person enrolled in the deferred action for childhood arrivals program that President Obama established unilaterally in 2012 called for the FBI to start tracking crimes committed by people in the country illegally.

“My son, Jamiel Andre Shaw II, was murdered by a DREAMer, a DACA recipient, a child brought to this country by no fault of his own,” Mr. Shaw told Representative Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) while testifying before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee panel. Shaw was murdered in 2008, before the Obama created the DACA program in the run up to the 2012 election cycle, but — as a young person brought into the country as a child, Shaw’s eventual murderer would likely have qualified for DACA status.

The testimony comes as the Senate is at an impasse over a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that contains language stipulating that Obama may not implement his 2014 ‘adult amnesty’ executive orders or his 2012 DACA program. Senate Democrats filibustered the House-passed DHS funding bill, prompting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to propose a vote on a clean DHS funding bill and then a separate vote on legislation blocking the 2014 orders (though not the 2012 policy).

“The illegal alien dreamer that murdered my son only served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer,” Shaw said. “He was released from the county jail the day before he executed my son. Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported?”

“Do black lives really matter or does it matter only if you are shot by a white person or a white policeman?” he added, before alluding to the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ saying that became popular following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. “My son was shot in the head by an illegal alien gang banger while he lay on his back with his hands up. he still shot him through his hand into his head and killed him.”

Shaw touted a legislative response named for his son and written by Representative Walter Jones (R., N.C.).

“Until the FBI is allowed to track and report illegal alien crime, it is doubtful that the American people will understand how severe the problem of violent illegal alien crime is,” he said. “What we really need is comprehensive immigration enforcement.”

Editor’s Note: This post has been amended since initial publication.

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