Victims of Illegal Immigrant Violence Also Oppose Amnesty Bill

By:  T. Dan Tolleson
Victims of Illegal Immigrant Violence Also Oppose Amnesty Bill

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the latest immigration reform bill, including the tendency of the bill to protect illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.

There are plenty of obvious reasons to oppose S. 744, the latest “comprehensive immigration reform” or amnesty bill. These reasons include the loss of U.S. sovereignty as borders are gradually erased through planned non-enforcement, the projected expenditure of trillions of taxpayer dollars over the next 25 years for an expansion of entitlement and welfare programs to accommodate illegals beyond current taxpayer-provided “free” medical care and education, and lower wages and higher unemployment for U.S. workers in an increasingly tight job market resulting from an unprecedented influx of millions of illegal immigrants.  But what about the disturbing tendency of S. 744 to protect dangerous illegal immigrants, with the predictable consequence of more and more victims of criminal illegal immigrants?

A daughter of a legal immigrant, Maria Espinoza is the founder and director of The Remembrance Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, “created in 2009 to honor and remember Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens.” According to her most recent press release, S. 744 “is a disaster in every possible respect”:

As ICE officers and USCIS officers have warned us, this bill will legalize dangerous aliens who have been in and out of prison, who have been previously deported, who have lied to authorities, who have proven they care nothing about our laws, and who have failed to appear in court. This bill also makes it impossible to deport virtually anybody in the future — guaranteeing criminals will take advantage of S. 744 to remain in the country and never leave. It will put innocent civilians in more danger, and it will allow criminal gangs to continue preying upon the innocent.

Our federal legislators seem to have deliberately ignored the dangerous implications of the deliberate relaxation of current law enforcement in S. 744, especially for the victims of criminal illegals. According to Espinoza,

Their bill also completely ignores our interior enforcement needs. It allows for the dangerous sanctuary city policies to continue to operate, it provides no resources for our ICE officers and border patrol agents; and it, in fact, handcuffs our ICE officers from doing their jobs. Any responsible immigration bill would empower ICE officers and all law enforcement — and assist them in protecting our families.

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