Parents of children murdered at the hands of illegal aliens testify before Congress

Relatives of loved ones slain at the hands of illegal alien criminals gave emotional testimony before Congress yesterday, begging lawmakers to end sanctuary cities and tighten up border security.

Washington Times:

Choking back tears, parents whose children were slain by illegal immigrants said Tuesday the federal government and so-called sanctuary cities both share blame for their children’s deaths, and pleaded with Congress for an all-out effort to secure the border and deport those who already snuck in.

“I don’t want your sympathy, I want you to do something,” demanded Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son was strangled, had his throat smashed and his body lit on fire by an illegal immigrant trained in mixed martial arts. “Quit sitting silent because it’s going to help you get a vote.”

The lawmakers, who said they were moved by the testimony of Ms. Wilkerson and a handful of others who recounted their relatives’ murders, vowed to take action and trained much of their criticism on San Francisco, whose sanctuary policy protected an illegal immigrant whom police have accused of killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle earlier this month as she walked on Pier 14 with her father.

The city’s former mayor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, announced she’s working on a bill to punish cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities trying to deport serious criminals, and one of the country’s top police chiefs testified to Congress that policies like San Francisco’s aren’t considered good practice among the police community.

But President Obama’s top lieutenants on immigration, who sat through the moving testimony from the victims’ families, still rejected their calls to get tough on sanctuary cities, insisting that asking for cooperation has already won over some jurisdictions and could still work on San Francisco too.

“I’m hopeful I don’t have to hit somebody over the head with the federal hammer,” Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said.

Begging your pardon, Ma'am, but perhaps you should take that hammer and hit yourself over the head – knock some sense into your brain.  These cities are run by politcians with their own agendas, pandering to their own illegal constituencies.  The only way to get them to alter their policies is to apply the force of the federal government to make them do the right thing to protect their citizens from the ravages of illegal alien criminals.

And yes, we all need to be protected.  Case in point: in Los Angeles, an illegal alien, released on bond from his deportation trial and a registered sex offender raped a 14-year-old girl.

A convicted sex offender charged last week with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Santa Clarita is in the country illegally and had recently been released on bail from immigration custody, according to federal authorities.

Keane Dean, 26, a citizen of the Philippines, was released in April on $10,000 bond so he could be free while he contested his immigration case. He had been targeted for deportation because of his criminal record.

The 14-year-old girl, who was found in Dean's garage, told investigators that Dean befriended her at a grocery store the previous day, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Dean has been charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and is being held in lieu of $110,000 bail.

The judge in this case determined that Dean was "not a flight risk," nor was he a "danger to the community."  A sample of Dean's criminal activity while in this country illegally will make you wonder what the judge was smoking at the time he granted bond:

In March 2014, Dean was caught inappropriately touching himself inside a Macy's department store and was banned from the Glendale Galleria for three years. He was sentenced to six months in state prison for indecent exposure and 16 months for burglary, to be served concurrently, a district attorney's spokesman said.

Dean also has a 2008 conviction for lewd conduct in public.

Los Angeles County Public Defender Irv Rubin, who represented Dean at his arraignment Friday, said Dean is no longer his client and has not been assigned a new attorney.

After serving his time at Kern Valley State Prison, Dean was turned over to immigration authorities in October 2014 and housed at the Adelanto detention facility.

Since late 2012, immigration detainees at Adelanto and three other local facilities have received a bond hearing within six months as a result of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Southern California and others. Detainees entitled to the hearings are those in mandatory detention because of their criminal histories — including some lawful permanent residents — and those caught trying to enter the country without documentation.

For the immigration judge to deny the bond, the government must prove that the detainee is a flight risk or a danger to the community.

For most of the rational world, keeping Dean in jail until he could be deported was a no-brainer.  But immigration policy is not rational, nor is it based on the law.  Rather, it is based on emotions, and feel-good policies that expose citizens to unnecessary dangers in the name of being nice to illegals.

I don't know how tough the feds can get with sanctuary cities.  I suspect that the best Washington can do to get sanctuary cities to obey the law is to sue them in federal court.  A vote will be taken in the House later this week on denying sanctuary cities some funding, but probably not enough to change minds.

In the end, it must be the citizens in the sanctuary cities themselves who demand a change.

Relatives of loved ones slain at the hands of illegal alien criminals gave emotional testimony before Congress yesterday, begging lawmakers to end sanctuary cities and tighten up border security.

Washington Times:

Choking back tears, parents whose children were slain by illegal immigrants said Tuesday the federal government and so-called sanctuary cities both share blame for their children’s deaths, and pleaded with Congress for an all-out effort to secure the border and deport those who already snuck in.

“I don’t want your sympathy, I want you to do something,” demanded Laura Wilkerson, whose 18-year-old son was strangled, had his throat smashed and his body lit on fire by an illegal immigrant trained in mixed martial arts. “Quit sitting silent because it’s going to help you get a vote.”

The lawmakers, who said they were moved by the testimony of Ms. Wilkerson and a handful of others who recounted their relatives’ murders, vowed to take action and trained much of their criticism on San Francisco, whose sanctuary policy protected an illegal immigrant whom police have accused of killing 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle earlier this month as she walked on Pier 14 with her father.

The city’s former mayor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, announced she’s working on a bill to punish cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities trying to deport serious criminals, and one of the country’s top police chiefs testified to Congress that policies like San Francisco’s aren’t considered good practice among the police community.

But President Obama’s top lieutenants on immigration, who sat through the moving testimony from the victims’ families, still rejected their calls to get tough on sanctuary cities, insisting that asking for cooperation has already won over some jurisdictions and could still work on San Francisco too.

“I’m hopeful I don’t have to hit somebody over the head with the federal hammer,” Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said.

Begging your pardon, Ma'am, but perhaps you should take that hammer and hit yourself over the head – knock some sense into your brain.  These cities are run by politcians with their own agendas, pandering to their own illegal constituencies.  The only way to get them to alter their policies is to apply the force of the federal government to make them do the right thing to protect their citizens from the ravages of illegal alien criminals.

And yes, we all need to be protected.  Case in point: in Los Angeles, an illegal alien, released on bond from his deportation trial and a registered sex offender raped a 14-year-old girl.

A convicted sex offender charged last week with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Santa Clarita is in the country illegally and had recently been released on bail from immigration custody, according to federal authorities.

Keane Dean, 26, a citizen of the Philippines, was released in April on $10,000 bond so he could be free while he contested his immigration case. He had been targeted for deportation because of his criminal record.

The 14-year-old girl, who was found in Dean's garage, told investigators that Dean befriended her at a grocery store the previous day, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Dean has been charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and is being held in lieu of $110,000 bail.

The judge in this case determined that Dean was "not a flight risk," nor was he a "danger to the community."  A sample of Dean's criminal activity while in this country illegally will make you wonder what the judge was smoking at the time he granted bond:

In March 2014, Dean was caught inappropriately touching himself inside a Macy's department store and was banned from the Glendale Galleria for three years. He was sentenced to six months in state prison for indecent exposure and 16 months for burglary, to be served concurrently, a district attorney's spokesman said.

Dean also has a 2008 conviction for lewd conduct in public.

Los Angeles County Public Defender Irv Rubin, who represented Dean at his arraignment Friday, said Dean is no longer his client and has not been assigned a new attorney.

After serving his time at Kern Valley State Prison, Dean was turned over to immigration authorities in October 2014 and housed at the Adelanto detention facility.

Since late 2012, immigration detainees at Adelanto and three other local facilities have received a bond hearing within six months as a result of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Southern California and others. Detainees entitled to the hearings are those in mandatory detention because of their criminal histories — including some lawful permanent residents — and those caught trying to enter the country without documentation.

For the immigration judge to deny the bond, the government must prove that the detainee is a flight risk or a danger to the community.

For most of the rational world, keeping Dean in jail until he could be deported was a no-brainer.  But immigration policy is not rational, nor is it based on the law.  Rather, it is based on emotions, and feel-good policies that expose citizens to unnecessary dangers in the name of being nice to illegals.

I don't know how tough the feds can get with sanctuary cities.  I suspect that the best Washington can do to get sanctuary cities to obey the law is to sue them in federal court.  A vote will be taken in the House later this week on denying sanctuary cities some funding, but probably not enough to change minds.

In the end, it must be the citizens in the sanctuary cities themselves who demand a change.