Victims of Out of Control Immigration Testify Before Congress, Ask for Accountability

ICE_ArrestTwo grieving mothers joined a local county sheriff in testifying before the House Judiciary Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee earlier this week about the toll that uncontrolled immigration has taken on their families and communities.

Laura Wilkerson described how her son Joshua was tortured and murdered in 2010 by an alien who had overstayed his visa for eight years.  The killer had been arrested on a harassment charge only months before, but immigration officials failed to take custody of him. 

“My youngest son, Joshua, was a senior in high school and had his whole life ahead of him. He went to school and never returned … I am stunned, shocked, and saddened that we are even having this discussion. When are you going to act on it, when are you going to do something about it,” she asked.

Another victim of America’s failed immigration policies, Michelle Root, detailed  the loss of her daughter Sarah to an illegal alien drunk driver just hours after graduating from college.  Her daughter’s killer was not considered an immigration priority by local immigration enforcement official and later posted bail and fled. Root urged the Obama Administration to enforce immigration laws while also expressing support for legislation to strengthen the enforcement of U.S. immigration law.

“It’s just devastating that the laws we have in place were not carried out. The local law enforcement did their job. They detained him, went to ICE and tried to get a hold on him. ICE refused. I don’t know why that was with everything that happened but he is on the loose now. So our family does not have closure; we probably will never have closure even he is found … Despite all the tragedy, Sarah still is the hero in this story. She was an organ donor.”

Frederick County, Maryland, Sheriff Charles Jenkins described how the nation’s failed immigration laws have allowed criminal gangs to flourish in his community. “The consequence of these policy failures is the rapidly growing presence of criminal alien gangs. The criminal alien gang numbers are growing, and the serious crimes being committed are increasing. There is also a nexus between the deferred action on unaccompanied minors and the increases we are seeing in gang crimes,” he noted.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) noted the irony of earlier this week when the lawyer for the president told the Supreme Court that enforcing current immigration laws would tear families apart.  “If you want to see that damage, Mr. Solicitor General, if you want to see what tearing apart looks like: I hope you are watching this morning,” said the congressman. 

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    I’ve Found a Good Job for Immigration Attorneys

    Sue the federal government for damages due to not enforcing immigration laws currently on the books….throw ’em in prison attorneys.

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    Sickening. How many more Americans have to die before our government does the job it is paid to do and protects the American people? What does the body count have to be before our government does its job?

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    “The lawyer for the president told the Supreme Court that enforcing immigration laws would tear families apart.” No families have to be torn apart. They can all return to the countries that they are citizens of, and that includes the children born here.

    But more importantly, what does that have to do with whether he is following the law? They are arguing social policy, vs. whether the law of the land should be and is being enforced, as the constitution states it is the president’s duty to do. A couple of the liberal judges asked questions about whether Congress should vote more money to deport illegals, and if they don’t do so, doesn’t that give illegals the right to stay, and even further, have the right to work even though federal law says they can’t legally work.

    Again, this is arguing social policy, not whether the president can just ignore laws he doesn’t like. If the law says you must be legally present here to work, his waving a magic wand and declaring whole classes of people as legal and giving them work permits is simply compounding one illegal action on another.

    And as far as more money to deport people, didn’t this administration return many millions of dollars in the last budget year as “unneeded” because the numbers of people they are actually deporting is way down? It’s nothing to do with money, they simply won’t return anyone unless they commit a major crime, and even then it’s iffy.

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      The story was in the Washington Times Dec. 2, 2015 by Stephen Dinan, headlined “ICE Gives Away $113 million, Says Not Enough Illegal Aliens To Deport”.

      They have the money, they just refuse to follow the law.

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