A Texas woman whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant almost five years ago testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to both tell her son’s story and encourage Congress to “quit sitting silent” about sanctuary cities.
Laura Wilkerson explained that on November 16, 2010, her son Joshua was “beaten, strangled, tortured until he died. He was tied up, thrown in a field, and set on fire.” After a long process, Hermilo Moralez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in February 2013. Wilkerson continued:
His killer, Hermilo Moralez, was brought here illegally by his illegal parents when he was 10 years old, so he fit the ‘DREAM’ kid description. He was sentenced to life in prison, which means it will be 30 years before he’s up for parole. He’ll be a 49-year-old man, who I don’t expect to be deported. And I just hope he doesn’t come to live in your city.
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Wilkerson would go on to read part of the autopsy report she received after her son was murdered: “This body is received in a grey body bag. There’s a tag on his toe that bears the name, Joshua Wilkerson. This is a white male weighing a 100 pounds. He is tied up with braided rope — 13 loops around his neck in a slipknot. It goes behind his back through his back belt loop. It goes to his hands and his feet behind his body. He has multiple fractures in his face and nasal cavity. His throat and his voicebox are crushed.
“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader, whether you want to recognize it or whether you do not,” continued Wilkerson. “This government continues to fail or even recognize that we have an issue. Americans are dying daily at the hands of criminals that we don’t even know are here.” She then sharply criticized sanctuary cities–that is, cities that do not enforce federal immigration law. This is a policy the alleged killer of 32-year-old Kate Steinle of San Francisco took advantage of. Jim Steinle, Kate’s father, testified at the same hearing Tuesday.
Sanctuary city policies scream to the criminal element of illegals in this country. There is a criminal element. It screams: ‘Come to our town USA, we’ll protect you from our terrible policemen. We’ll protect you from these tough American laws, that you — because you had a hard life — are not able to go through the same motions that an American is.’ They’re buying into that fact.
It is going to take another life lost by a senator, a congressman, the president, even another of today’s heroes, someone from Hollywood before someone in a position moves on this. I urge you: you are in a position to do something about this for Americans.
“Sympathy has never trumped the law in this country. Ever,” Wilkerson added. “Every one of them here threaten national security because we don’t know who they are. So they are a threat. They make a decision to come here. They’re not scared. They’re invited by sanctuary city policies. They’re not scared to wait in line for a handout that every American citizen has paid into the system for our children if need be. They mistrust police because they come from countries that mistrust police. They’re not scared here.”
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Wilkerson concluded by pleading with the committee to take action on sanctuary cities. She also stressed that because of the way current immigration policy is enforced, her family is “forever broken.”
I want you to know that our family is broken, forever. We are forever broken. I don’t want the sympathy. I want you to do something about it. Every one of you sitting here is in a position to do something. Just throw your hat into the ring for Americans. Quit sitting silent because it’s going to help you get a vote. Throw your hat in the ring and take care of American families.
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