While we’re busy ripping ourselves apart over a flag and considering demolishing monuments to soldiers and sailors who fought and died more than 150-years ago, it’s important to remember that our nation is currently being invaded by a wave of criminals.
Well, I was about to write “slowly” invaded because that sounded less reactionary and perhaps softens the news, but slowly doesn’t accurately describe the movement; it’s nearly a blitzkrieg.
During the last two fiscal years, more than 66,000 illegal aliens with criminal records – some with felony convictions – were released into our communities by our own government, according to a recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement.
Save the typical partisan charges of racism. These aren’t the garden-variety salt-of-the-earth illegal aliens simply looking for honest labor in the land of opportunity. These are criminals, and last week another American lost her life because her government has utterly failed to secure our southern border and enforce our immigration laws.
Kate Steinle, 32, was walking with her father on San Francisco’s beautiful Pier 14 last Thursday when she was shot and killed by an illegal alien who had seven felony convictions and had already been deported five times. As her father frantically performed CPR while awaiting help, she kept saying, “Dad, help me, help me,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
It’s a horrific story, particularly because the killer shouldn’t have been walking freely on that pier at all. Aside from being here illegally, Lopez-Sanchez was recently arrested and jailed in San Francisco for drug charges, but the city released him in April and refused to notify federal officials they were doing so.
This willful act brings damning attention to San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” status, a policy favorite of the open borders crowd. A sanctuary city is one that places “limits on their assistance to federal immigration authorities seeking to apprehend and remove unauthorized aliens,” according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. Its authors also noted that supporters of sanctuary city laws claim, “efforts to deter the presence of unauthorized aliens would undermine community relations … or violate humanitarian principles.”
What about the right of Kate Steinle to be protected from illegal aliens with criminal records who were, and should be, in the custody of her government?
Sadly, the answer is clear – her government doesn’t really care. “That’s an unfortunate incident,” it would say. “But one cannot disparage 11-million illegal aliens undocumented immigrants because one or two turn bad.”
Fair enough, but can we at the very least have these criminals thrown out – and kept out – rather than let loose in our neighborhoods? And it’s not one or two, for that matter. I challenge you to enter the search terms “illegal alien murders” in your browser. You’d be shocked.
In fact, in late May officials from ICE sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee admitting that during the last four years “there were 121 unique criminal aliens who had an active case at the time of release and were subsequently charged with homicide-related offenses.”
And that’s only the murderers we know about. We’ve seen plenty of similar criminals in Alabama, from rapists to child molesters to cop killers. Just last March an illegal alien was charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl in Russellville, and in April an illegal alien who was convicted of killing a Huntsville police officer hung himself in jail.
The evidence abounds, the statistics are incontrovertible, and the problem is clear: our government – overseen by both Republicans and Democrats – lacks the will to control our southern border. One party wants obedient voters while the other wants cheap workers, and who cares if a few killers come in the bargain. Criminals like Lopez-Sanchez can just walk back across the border five times, and then kill one of our fellow citizens in the prime of her life.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” reads a famous line to the poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal. That’s a noble proclamation that must forever remain true in the United States, but the poem doesn’t say anything about sending us your criminals. It’s time our government started taking this threat seriously.