The Corner

National Security & Defense

‘You Should Be for Americans’: Victims of Illegal-Alien Sanctuary Policies Tell Their Stories

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today featuring family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens. The witnesses told the stories of Danny Oliver, Grant Ronnebeck, Kathryn Steinle, Dennis McCann, and Josh Wilkerson – all dead because federal, state, and local governments have abdicated their responsibility to protect American citizens from foreign criminals.

The anti-borders activists were sensible enough not to disrupt the proceedings, as they have done so often before. Nevertheless, some of the Democrats seem to have taken their cue from Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who a few days ago dismissively referred to Kate Steinle’s killing as “a little thing” (una cosa pequeña). Senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin did not stay to hear the victims’ testimony and only returned after the families had left and the second panel, featuring DHS functionaries, was underway. (Sen. Feinstein did stay, and had met with Ms. Steinle’s father earlier.) Brian McCann, Dennis’s brother, noted this absence diplomatically, telling the remaining senators: “I regret my senator had to leave and couldn’t hear my testimony.”

You can see why Gang-of-Eighters Schumer and Durbin ran away. Each of the families told of tragedies that would not have taken place but for the limitations on immigration enforcement advocated by them (and by their party’s chosen witnesses at the hearing).

McCann called illegal-alien sanctuary laws “a pathetic miscarriage of justice visited upon my family and hundreds of other families across the country.” Steinle’s father noted that “It is unbelievable to see that so many innocent Americans have been killed by undocumented immigrant felons in recent years.” And several family members thanked the Remembrance Project, directed by the indefatigable Maria Espinoza, which for years has been the only forum for people like this to tell their stories of Americans killed because of lax immigration policies.

Perhaps the most powerful testimony came from Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son Josh was tortured and murdered by an illegal-alien Dreamer from Belize. After describing her son’s agonizing end, she challenged the Senators:

You’re officially notified today there’s a problem when this happens. You can’t deny it any longer. You cannot stand by and ignore our families – our American families. You’re elected by Americans, not any other country. You should be for Americans. … Your silence speaks volumes. You’re either for Americans, or you’re not. …

Sanctuary city policies scream to the criminal element of illegals in this country: “Come to our town USA, we’ll protect you from our terrible policemen. We’ll protect you from these tough American laws” …

I don’t want the sympathy, I want you to do something about it.

The Senate might indeed do something – to make thing worse. Despite some positive provisions, the sanctuary cities bill just introduced by Senator Grassley would effectively codify Obama’s deportation priorities, putting Congress on record as demanding the deportation only of the worst criminal illegal aliens, giving cities a free hand to shield all other illegals. There’s the real danger that those law enforcement agencies (the vast majority) that already comply with all ICE detainers would be exposed to ACLU lawsuits for complying with ICE requests to hold illegal aliens who have not yet been convicted of the crimes specifically listed in the bill’s definition of  ”criminal alien.”

There’s no need for this bill anyway. The Davis-Oliver Act would address the sanctuary city issue but also a number of other serious enforcement problems. It’s not a rush CYA job – it was introduced by Sen. Sessions before the Steinle murder and its companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Gowdy, passed the House Judiciary Committee in March. A Republican leadership worthy of the name would pass it and dare the president to veto it.

Most Popular

The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead

The polling aggregator on the website RealClearPolitics shows the margin in polls led by Joe Biden in a blue font and the ones led by Donald Trump in red. For a while, the battleground states have tended to be uniformly blue, except for polls conducted by the Trafalgar Group. If you are a firm believer only in ... Read More

The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead

The polling aggregator on the website RealClearPolitics shows the margin in polls led by Joe Biden in a blue font and the ones led by Donald Trump in red. For a while, the battleground states have tended to be uniformly blue, except for polls conducted by the Trafalgar Group. If you are a firm believer only in ... Read More
Culture

Equality and Envy

We are not the same. Neither men, nor women, nor races, nor ages, nor nationalities, nor in wealth, nor in training, nor in beauty. We are not equal in any way. And that is a reason to be proud and happy, because at the end of the day we are human and not the product of some factory. Let us once and for all ... Read More
Culture

Equality and Envy

We are not the same. Neither men, nor women, nor races, nor ages, nor nationalities, nor in wealth, nor in training, nor in beauty. We are not equal in any way. And that is a reason to be proud and happy, because at the end of the day we are human and not the product of some factory. Let us once and for all ... Read More
Elections

Biden Lies Again and Again

Joe Biden is a career liar and he lied some more in the debate, for instance when he dismissed the now well-supported New York Post story about Hunter Biden's business dealing as "a Russian plant." There is zero evidence for this. He offered this line: There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said ... Read More
Elections

Biden Lies Again and Again

Joe Biden is a career liar and he lied some more in the debate, for instance when he dismissed the now well-supported New York Post story about Hunter Biden's business dealing as "a Russian plant." There is zero evidence for this. He offered this line: There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said ... Read More