“America let me down”

Posted: April 2, 2008 in Uncategorized

Those were the words I heard this morning on the radio while driving. I was listening to an interview of the parents of Jamiel Andre Shaw II who was gunned down by a –and let’s be clear about this part– gang member of the 18th Street gang who was in this country illegally.

Those who want to escalate this case into race war, knock yourself out. In the meantime, I want to place some attention on the fact that this boy would not have been dead if our government was actually serious about enforcing our existing laws on immigration.

Check this out.

Immigration officials say the suspected Los Angeles street gang member charged in the shooting death of a high school football star may have been in the country illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Saturday her agency has filed an immigration hold against 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza.

The hold means Espinoza will be transferred into her agency’s custody for possible deportation when he leaves local custody.

Espinoza was released from jail in an assault case the day before the March 2 killing of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Junior.

Kice did not know if there was a hold on him during his previous sentence, but said inmates on hold are generally released directly into her agency’s custody. (more…)

I’ll just continue with the story:

Shaw was shot to death in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue. A car had pulled up and Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street Gang, allegedly got out and asked “Where you from” — meaning what gang — and opened fire.

Shaw’s father ran outside and found his son dying next to a tree that the two had planted with the mayor almost three years ago as part of the city’s Million Trees Initiative.

“Yes, it just so happened we were standing close by, so he helped the mayor plant the tree,” Shaw’s father said. “And it was special because, you know, we took pictures with the mayor. Look at this spot (now) and it’s like man, this is just so sad. It’s like, wow. This is so devastating.”

[…]

Jamiel’s mother, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, was serving in Iraq when her son was slain, and his family hopes she won’t be sent back. Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson Jr. urged residents to send letters, asking for Sgt. Shaw’s release from duty or her installation somewhere other than Iraq.

As I listened to the father, he talked about how his son played by the rules (stayed out of trouble, maintained good grades, called home when he was supposed to, etc.). He said that his son was about 3 doors away from home when he was gunned down.

As for the mother, she talked about how she was called into the office of one of her superiors in Iraq before receiving word that her son had been killed. She talked about falling to the floor and trying to run out of the office while screaming in anguish. Twenty minutes later, she was on a plane on her way back to the states. The interviewer asked her how did she feel about the fact that while she was over in Iraq fighting for the freedom of one country, getting word about your son’s death here in the state. She said “America let me down”.

And as long as we continue to bundle criminals who should not be in this country in the first place with folks who, while still here illegally, come here to work with these santuary city policies, we will continue to let folks like this family down.

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Comments
  1. Give it a rest! says:

    “And as long as we continue to bundle criminals who should not be in this country in the first place with folks who, while still here illegally, come here to work with these santuary city policies, we will continue to let folks like this family down.”

    You seem to be speaking out of both sides of your mouth here. An Illegal act is an Illegal act! This argument in favor of allowing SOME people to selectively break the law makes ZERO sense and just might lead to some serious racial problems in many parts of this country.

    Duane, Im sure you do know that there are also miilons of Africans that would love to simply walk across the border but it is impossible for them to walk over 2000 miles of ocean to get here. Same with many in Asia and do you remember all of those BLACK Haitians that were arrested, detained and sent back to Haiti. I guess they do not count or that Latinos just work harder than some blacks from the West Indies so they get the free pass.

    What it all come down to is the fact that you simply can not seperate the criminals from the not-so-criminals. It is time to face facts and deal with a problem of NON-Citizens breaking our laws without the threat of PUNISHMENT.

    So what law so you advocate that us American citizens be allowed to break at will and at our convienence. Maybe we can pass on filing taxes for about 3 to 4 years. That would be fair, right. Or maybe we should be allowed to commit welfare fraud or drop into our local hospital and wontonly give false information to avoid paying for service?

    This PARTICULAR child was murdered because an individual that should have been a 3 time felon was NOT charged or prosecuted for entering and staying in the USA illegally. I bet a few of his buddies are in the same situation. Now are they (and there Families) being rounded up and shipped back to Mexico? NO! Why? Because they pick lettuce on the cheap, mow lawns for pennies on the dollar, and provide an easy connection to Mexican drugs.

  2. Duane says:

    What it all come down to is the fact that you simply can not seperate the criminals from the not-so-criminals. It is time to face facts and deal with a problem of NON-Citizens breaking our laws without the threat of PUNISHMENT.

    This is untrue. In sanctuary cities like Los Angeles, the police are instructed not to inquire about the legal status of folks they arrest. Lifting this law would put criminals like this guy on the fast track back to his country of origin. No door to door action required.

  3. Peg says:

    Duane – I don’t know the answers. I only know my heart breaks for this young man and his family when this sort of incredible crime/tragedy occurs.

    Yep; this is NOT supposed to happen when you live your life by “the rules.” Too bad no one has yet calculated how to make what is supposed to happen almost always happen…..

  4. DivaLady says:

    I couldn’t have said it better “Give It A Rest”…..I agree 100%

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