Donald Trump is irritating many people with his comments on illegal immigration, but he has also gained a good deal of support from people who see the realities of what illegal immigrants are doing to our country.
Among those people was Iraq war veteran Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant. Jamiel Shaw Jr. was gunned down in Los Angeles in 2008 by Pedro Espinoza, who mistook him for a rival gang member. Her son, a Los Angeles High School football star, was shot twice near his home in March 2008 by Pedro Espinoza, who mistook the teen for a rival gang member.
Espinoza had been released from jail a day earlier after serving four months of an eight-month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer. But the gangbanger lied about his immigration status – and had local & state authorities checked, they would have found him ordered for deportation. Espinoza was sentenced to death in 2012.
The case echoes Steinle’s fatal shooting by suspect Francisco Sanchez, 45, who was deported five times before he allegedly opened fire on the 32-year-old San Francisco woman.
“I still don’t understand why it happened, just like what happened in San Francisco, why wasn’t this guy deported after he was released from prison ‘Sanctuary City.’ That’s crazy.”
Shaw, currently based at Fort Hood, Texas, as a supply specialist, said the Steinle case brought all the memories back of her son’s slaying.
Shaw says when she first heard of Steinle’s slaying, “I said, ‘oh no, not again.’ She was so pretty and so young and to be with her father and her brother when it happened, just enjoying her day, and then all of a sudden no more.”
“I remember crying a lot when I was told about Jamiel because I was still in Iraq. I was screaming and crying, I wanted to help find the guy, but I felt completely helpless.”
“And then when I found out he was an illegal alien, I felt everyone was trying to keep it quiet, I felt like because he was an illegal alien it was alright that he killed my son.
“It felt like an American citizen living in the United States is not worth anything, but my son was worth something.”
“It’s like, when will the public wake up and do something. And this guy who is running for president, Donald Trump, he’s trying to do something and they’re trying to shut him down.”
Donald Trump is definitely churning the political waters with his bold statements on immigration. He may not be the most conservative of candidates, but he doesn’t hold back. He speaks his mind and that’s a change of pace that a lot of people are finding refreshing.
Illegal immigration is a massive problem in this country, and so far Trump is one of the few candidates to actually speak up and vow to do something about it.
It’s obvious that Americans want straight talk. Instead of castigating Trump, the other candidates would do well to emulate him.