In February one of our founders, Don Rosenberg, was in Washington D.C. with a group of “angel parents,” parents who have lost a child to illegal alien crime.
After a chance meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in which he told her about his Dreamer, Drew, he wanted to follow up with a more detailed explanation of the comment that provoked an angry, offended response from her.
Since we’re not sure the letter will get through to the Senator, we’re publishing it here as well.
March 18, 2018
Dear Sen. Warren,
You don’t know me, but I’m sure you remember me.
We “met” on February 7, 2018 in the corridor between the Dirksen and Hart office buildings.
We passed each other but when I called your name you stopped and approached me. I was holding a photo of my son, Drew, and said to you, “This is my Dreamer, my son Drew.” You smiled. He was a law student in San Francisco, I said, who was killed by an illegal alien in 2010. When I told you of his death you politely said how sorry you were for my loss. I said, “No, you aren’t.” You angrily replied that I couldn’t judge what was in your heart. I said, “I’m not judging what’s in your heart; I’m judging you by your actions.”
I want to explain more about why I said that to you.
I’ve been involved in the illegal immigration issue almost every day for the past six years. I have a pretty good idea about how every politician stands on this issue. You and every other Democrat (of which I was one for 50 years) have ignored people like myself who have suffered the ultimate tragedy of having a loved one killed by someone who doesn’t even have a right to be here.
Now we have Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warning convicted criminals of their potential arrest. Not a word from you or any Democrat. Well, not quite. Here’s what Nancy Pelosi said:
“Fully half of those swept up in the ICE raids have no criminal record. This raid was intended solely to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities – not to keep Americans safe. Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones.”
One of those “immigrants” (they’re not immigrants, they are illegal aliens) who had no criminal record (he did enter the country illegally) killed my son. Had he been deported when he was caught breaking the law (and although he was guilty the charges were dropped) that would have kept an American alive. That would have kept my son from being “ripped away” permanently from his “loved ones.”
Any admonishment from any Democrat for Pelosi’s comments? Where is your statement admonishing her? You, and every other Democrat are as much in denial about illegal alien criminality as the Republicans are about global climate change.
I wanted to make sure that I understood your position on the issue and researched any comments you may have made about controlling illegal immigration and deporting those who are here illegally. I wanted to see if I could find any utterance from you that we needed to secure our borders and at the very least deport those who committed additional crimes after coming here illegally. If you ever said anything remotely connected to that sentiment I couldn’t find it.
However, what I did find among numerous pro-amnesty clips were two that sum it all up.
The first was a tweet.
Really! Enforcing the law and deporting those here illegally who have then committed additional crimes is “dumb and dangerous but returning criminals – almost all of whom are repeat offenders – is “smart and safe”?
At the Netroots Convention on August 12, 2017, you said:
“Dreamers, who are as American as you and me, were promised a chance. They were promised a chance to work, a chance to live without being in fear of being ripped away from family and friends and the home that most of them have known. The chance to build a future.”
There’s not one thought in that statement that is true. They are certainly not as American as you or me. They were promised a temporary chance to work, a temporary chance to live without fear of being “ripped” away from family and friends and a temporary chance to build a future. They got that. Whether that temporary promise should be made permanent is another subject that shouldn’t be dealt with until at the very least those who have committed additional crimes are no longer protected by public servants hiding behind the absurd comment that releasing criminals back into society enhances public safety.
Tens of millions of American citizens and legal residents have been negatively financially impacted by illegal immigration (Dreamers have cost US citizens over 450 billion just to educate them in K-12). Tens of millions have been negatively impacted by criminal alien crime. In, 2016 alone there were over 200,000 illegal aliens in state jails and prisons and another 40,000 in federal prisons. The 52,000 illegal aliens in California jails and prisons were convicted of approximately 400,000 crimes. Since the last amnesty somewhere over 50,000 Americans have suffered the ultimate, losing their lives to people who have no right to be here and been permanently ripped from their families and friends and have NO future.
They were promised Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and instead they were ignored by you and your predecessors who sold them out for a vote and a buck.
Two board members of our advocacy group, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), Maureen Maloney and Maureen Laquerre, are citizens of Massachusetts. Ms. Maloney’s son was killed by an illegal alien as was Ms. Laquerre’s brother. They’ve tried to meet with you to no avail. Have you ever thought about reaching out to them?
I’m sure you don’t want to hear this, but you are an American Senator. Your first responsibility is to the health, safety and welfare of American citizens. Americans are killed and harmed every day by illegal aliens. You were so ready and did shut down the government for people here illegally. You and your fellow Democrats won’t even acknowledge the crimes committed by illegal aliens against Americans, immigrants and yes, even those here illegally. Fourteen children and three adults were just gunned down in Parkland, Florida. Why no promise to shut down the government to protect American school children?
Whether DACA recipients should be given a “pathway to citizenship,” legal status or deported should be the last issue taken up in the illegal immigration debate. This Congress and the President have a first responsibility to the American people. As the Democratic Party and some in the Republican Party don’t seem to understand is that any provision that will allow some number of DACA recipients to remain in the United States permanently must wait. If they get deported so be it. I’m sure my son would prefer being deported anywhere in the world versus where he now resides.
If you would like to have a more civil conversation I will come to you whenever and wherever you choose. I look forward to your response, but won’t hold my breath.