Earlier this month the Examiner published an article: More than 100 North Carolinians have been killed by illegal aliens. As Obama rekindles a fresh push for Amnesty and as Veterans’ Day approaches, I would like to highlight the stories of veterans killed by illegal aliens. Because our government refuses to enforce current immigration law and refuses to protect and seal our borders, these individuals who served their country with honor were killed by criminals who never should have been in the country. The Amnesty pushers are telling you these criminals just came here for a better life. Were these murders just good, hard-working folks like you and me? Hardly.
It is a tragedy when anyone becomes the victim of violent crime. It is all the more shameful when the criminal is an illegal alien flying under the radar and given cover by the government. These American veterans who were killed volunteered to protect the rest of us from all enemies foreign and domestic. They signed a blank check valued up to and including their lives to keep that oath, but they were not killed in the line of duty on the battlefield. They were shamefully murdered in the streets of North Carolina.
Mike Stowe enlisted in the Air Force after high school and served for seven years. After his service, he and his wife Stacy moved to Cary, NC. In 2004, with Stacy pregnant with their second child, Mike was killed in a hit-and-run car accident by an illegal alien, Chikele Gideon, who was already known to immigration officials. Gideon had been arrested in 2002 for overstaying his visa, and in 2003 was ordered to leave the country by a judge in Atlanta, but didn’t comply.
Harold Mills was an accountant for 24 years after serving with honor in the Navy. He was a devout member of his church, and the 75-year-old was riding his bicycle when he was killed in a hit-and-run by an illegal alien who was speeding and fled the scene.
Calvin Raines was a veteran of Korea who served six years in the Army. A huge NASCAR fan, he was known as a patriot through-and-through, and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was killed in a head-on collision when illegal alien Manuel Andres-Bomaye, who was driving with two others, crossed the center line, killing everyone involved.
Craig Morris was a retired veteran who had served nearly thirty years in the Marine Corps, including a tour in the Gulf War and two tours in Iraq. He had a wife and four children and trained soldiers in Special Operations. He was fatally shot by illegal alien Francisco Echeverria after trying to stop a fight. His murderer followed him in a car and gunned him down in the street.
Unnecessary deaths. Devastated families.
“There is a double-layer of grief for these families,” says Maureen Wilson, the state director of North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE). “The first is the actual death and loss of a family member. The second is the failure of the U.S. government to secure our own borders, a mismanaged immigration program, and general leniency after initial crimes have been committed by those in the country illegally, all while these citizens were serving their country.”
None of these veterans had to die this way. These crimes were not simply caused by the individual acts, they were facilitated by politicians unconcerned with their primary duties: law enforcement and citizen safety. Had the government simply enforced the current immigration and deportation laws, these killers would not have been present in North Carolina to commit these crimes. Had NC politicians not provided the welcome mat of drivers licenses to illegals, most would not have been on the road. Hundreds of crimes at the hands of illegal immigrants are committed monthly in North Carolina alone. They taking jobs from citizens, they are driving drunk, committing manslaughter and murder, and as one recent article horrifically points out, they are raping their way through North Carolina’s children.
Enforcing our laws protects everyone – citizens and non-citizens alike. The lives of these veterans matter, as do the lives of every victim hurt by illegals. Yet Amnesty-hungry politicians studiously ignore the victims of these crimes. For the Democrats, the votes they will get once Amnesty is passed are more important than the suffering of innocent civilians at the hands of illegal alien criminals. For cheap-labor-loving Republicans, the money they save not paying Americans an honest wage is more important. Politicians on both sides of the isle need to be held to account. They, too, took the oath to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. In pushing for Amnesty and a path to citizenship, they are not only shirking their oath of office and their duty, they are needlessly putting citizens at risk.