Liberals love to legislate by anecdote: nothing sells a bill like sob stories.
We could learn from them.
Danny Paul Oliver, my husband’s last shift ended as a 15 year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy by doing something he would have done countless times before in his career, Danny was walking toward a car to see what the occupants were doing on his beat. Danny prided himself on helping communities and feeling like he was truly making a difference. Danny was a POP officer also known as a Problem Oriented Policing. My husband and father of two never made it to the driver’s window on Friday October 24, 2014. At about 10:30 a.m., a man armed with numerous weapons aimed one out of the car from the parking lot of a Motel 6 at Arden and Ethan Way in Sacramento and opened fire, killing my husband, Danny Paul Oliver, with a shot to the forehead as my husband simply asked how the armed man’s day was going.
Each day I look for parental back up to child rearing and I feel the loss. Each day my children reach mild stones [sic] like a wedding engagement, graduations, and our weekly family brunches, I am reminded that I no longer have my husband. I was married for 25 years to my high school sweet heart and we watched each other grow up. We could just look at each other and know what one another needed. Perhaps support, a loving smile, or even a “we will talk when we get home” look. It is hard to build this trust and understanding but we had it mastered with ease.
Every single day, law officers at the state, local, and federal level are forced to release criminal aliens who pose a threat to community safety—in violation of current laws that require deportation. Additionally, in the last two years, ICE released back onto the streets 76,000 convicted criminal aliens. There are 169,000 criminal aliens at large in the United States right now who have criminal convictions and were formally and lawfully ordered deported. The Administration’s tolerance of sanctuary cities has also resulted in another 10,000 potentially deportable arrested aliens being released by local law agencies since January of last year. And, 121 of the criminal aliens who’ve been ordered deported in the last few years were released by ICE have now been charged with additional homicide offenses. The man that killed my husband, Danny Oliver, was deported several times for various felonies. However, due to the lack of coordination between law enforcement agencies, he was allowed back into this country.
Today I honor my husband, Deputy Danny Paul Oliver, and the other fallen heroes, who are always with us, in our hearts and in our memories.
Sweet. Anyone else?
Kate was beautiful, kind, happy, caring, loving and deep in faith. Kate had a special soul, a kind and giving heart, the most contagious laugh, and a smile that would light up a room. Kate loved to travel, spend time with her friends, and most of all spend time with her family. In fact, the day she was killed, we were walking arm in arm on Pier 14 In San Francisco, enjoying a wonderful day together. Suddenly a shot rang out, Kate fell, and looked at me and said “Help me, Dad.” Those are the last words I will ever hear from my daughter.
Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America. Unfortunately, due to unjointed laws and basic incompetence of the government, the US has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hand ofa person that should have never been on the streets in this country. I say this because the alleged murderer is an undocumented immigrant who has been convicted of 7 felonies in the US and already deported 5 times. Yet, in March of this year, he was released from jail and allowed to stay here freely because of legal loopholes.
It is unbelievable to see that so many innocent Americans have been killed by undocumented immigrant felons in recent years. In fact, we recently came across a statistic that says between 2010 and 2014, 121 unique criminal aliens who had an active deportation case at the time of release were subsequently charged with homicide related offenses. Think about that, 121 times over the past 4 years the administration has released an illegal immigrant with prior criminal convictions
that later went on to be charged with a murder when they should have been deported. That’s 1 every 12 days.
We feel that if Kate’s Law saves 1 daughter, 1 son, a mother or a father, Kate’s death won’t be in vain.
Kate’s Law would be a good name, but don’t we already have laws? Just not the will or the interest to enforce them?
Anyway, I’m beginning to detect a pattern here:
My husband George and I live just outside of Houston, TX. We raised 3 children. We are a typical Texan/American blue collar, hardworking family. George worked endless hours so that I could stay home with our children. We wanted to provide them with our beliefs and our values. We wanted them to know Jesus. We provided for their needs, built them up to be honest, compassionate and caring human beings. We accomplished that.
Our youngest was Joshua Aaron Wilkerson.
That fateful day of Tuesday, November L6,2010. His dad was at work already. His Brother was away in The United States Air force. His Sister was in College. Josh came down and said Mom, I am leaving to school. I put down what I was doing, and said hey, no\f,ia-y your leaving without a hug. He smiled, rolled his eyes a bit. We hugged. We both said I love you, and I watched him get in his truck and head to school. Josh never came home from school that day.
The killer. Here is what I know about him. His name is Hermilo V. Moralez. He is 19 years old. His parents whom were in this country illegally, brought him here illegally when he was 10 years old. He has a sister. His parents had recently kicked him out of their home. He was charged with harassment. He was in front of a Judge 10 days before he murdered Joshua. He relied on a friend’s mother for shelter and food. He had no driver’s license, no money for lunch and no transportation. He was an acquaintance of Josh’s through school. He had given him a ride home 3-5 times. He asked Josh that day for a ride home. He brutally murdered Joshua.
The killer was a black belt in mixed martial arts. He bragged from the stand about how his “killing skills” just took over. We watched as he got off of the stand and stood over the District Attorney so he could show the jury how he strangled Josh. He said that he first hit Josh in the face, so that he would not be able to fight back. He then kneed him in his stomach. We listened to him say that he was frustrated that Josh still had bloody bubbles coming out of his nose. He picked up a closet rod and beat Josh so severely on the head that the rod broke into 4 pieces. He strangled him over and over. He waited, Joshua died. Per the Medical Examiner he tortured him. He tied Joshua up like an animal. He cleaned up the scene, put Josh in our truck and went to the store to buy gasoline. He put Josh in a field. He put his school lD next to Josh’s body, doused him with the gas and set him on fire. After that the killer went to a friend’s house, took a shower, and went to see a movie. He laughed, He had popcorn and a coke.
Our family is left with a Birth certificate, an autopsy report and a death certificate. By the grace Of God we are also left with hearts that are badly broken, but still maintain the memories of such a beautiful relationship with Josh.
I know you will sympathize with our story, but I want more than that. I want you to be angry that America’s borders are wide open. America does not know who is in this country. lt is time to put American’s first. Close the Borders, figure out who is really here. Keep statistics. Realize that we are at war right here in this country.
I urge you not to wait until it’s your child or grandchild. You never want them to live through what our family and many, many others families have survived.
“A birth certificate, an autopsy report and a death certificate”. That’s what the state thinks its duty is Joshua Aaron Wilkerson. Not to preserve his life, but to document its transitions.
One more, as painful as they are:
Denny was crossing Kedzie Avenue on a marked crosswalk four years ago and was violently struck by a drunk driver who dragged Denny under his car for a block in an attempt to flee before Denny died. The family was notified by the Chicago Police and the killer was placed into custody and charged with Aggravated DUI causing death. Two days later ICE issued a detainer because the young man was an illegal alien with a prior felony. The family was assured by the Cook County prosecutor that the defendant would not be allowed to post bail and be released. Three months later the Cook County Board passed the ordinance that effectively requires the Sheriff to ignore detainers. During the intervening weeks after Denny’s violent death Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and former mayoral candidate and Commissioner Jesus Garcia pushed for the ordinance and rammed it through on September 7,2011. Two months later the killer made bail and absconded to Mexico. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this whole ordeal was that we also learned that this illegal alien was prosecuted for another felony two years earlier and ICE was never notified then. He was removed from probation February 2011 and four months later killed Denny. In short Denny would be alive today and enjoying the birth of a new granddaughter born two weeks ago if the Cook County criminal justice system that included the county board did their job.
It became clear to me that the Cook Board had no intention of revising its policies despite the consequences. I found it very frustrating that federal agencies-especially ICE-did not follow through on it’s warnings to Cook County and took no further action to compel the county to drop the policy. Nor has the federal government attempted to sanction the county, such as withholding federal funding.
The following October a family friend told me about the good works of Judicial Watch and I met with their chief litigator Paul Orfanedes the next month. A few months later a press conference was held at the State of Illinois Building announcing the filing of my lawsuit entitled Brian McCann v. Thomas J. Dart , on April 22, 2013. In the lawsuit we challenged Sheriff Dart’s refusal to honor immigration detainers or cooperate with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in identifying deportable criminal aliens. At the time Cook County jails had released as many as 1,000 criminal aliens sought by ICE in the previous 18 months.
What do these anecdotes teach us? That our government is not as interested in our safety as it is in protecting what rights could be ascribed to people who violate borders and our laws, who put us at risk every day.
“I urge you not to wait until it’s your child or grandchild,” as Laura Wilkerson said. For too many—and one is too many—we already have.
PS: I print these lengthy transcript excerpts for the benefit of the Democrats who vamoosed during the testimony:
Some of the Democrats seem to have taken their cue from Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who a few days ago dismissively referred to Kate Steinle’s killing as “a little thing” (una cosa pequeña). Senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin did not stay to hear the victims’ testimony and only returned after the families had left and the second panel, featuring DHS functionaries, was underway. (Sen. Feinstein did stay, and had met with Ms. Steinle’s father earlier.) Brian McCann, Dennis’s brother, noted this absence diplomatically, telling the remaining senators: “I regret my senator [Durbin] had to leave and couldn’t hear my testimony.”