CAPS — On April 19, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security conducted a hearing on the topic, “The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy: Families and Survivors Speak Out on the Real Cost of This Administration’s Policies.”
I urge you to watch the entire video of that important hearing.
The witnesses were Sheriff Charles Jenkins of Frederick County, Maryland; Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root; Laura Wilkerson, mother of Joshua Wilkerson, and Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the United Methodist Church.
Root and Wilkerson both lost their children to illegal aliens.
The title of a Breitbart news article posted on the day of the hearing was based on Michelle Root’s statement at the hearing, “Mother of Daughter Killed by Illegal: His Bail Was ‘Less Than it Cost to Bury My Baby.’”
The illegal alien in this case was released on bail, and it is believed he fled to his native Honduras.
The point to remember is that foreign criminals and terrorists are, all too often, able to use the “escape hatch” of fleeing the United States to their native countries to evade arrest and punishment.
The first and foremost purpose for the government is to protect this nation and to protect the lives and well-being of our citizens. This is why we have a military. This is why we have police officers and federal agents. This is why we have firefighters and other first responders.
I have testified before the House Immigration Subcommittee on a number of occasions and have also testified before other House and Senate committees and subcommittees on the issue of immigration. Usually my focus is on how failures of the immigration system impact national security and public safety.