President Trump has been trying to help people who have been harmed by the sanctuary city laws that have been enacted in various cities and states across the country. These laws usually make it illegal for local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE in detaining illegal criminal aliens. These sanctuary laws sound compassionate but in reality, they make life more dangerous for law-abiding citizens in those cities and states.
92-year-old Maria Fuertes
At his State of the Union address, the president told the story of Maria Fuertes, a 92-year-old great grandmother who was murdered by an illegal alien criminal. The illegal alien was free to brutally beat, rape and murder Maria due to New York City’s sanctuary policies. He had been arrested five weeks before for assault, and ICE had asked that he be released to them, but he was allowed to go free.
According to her granddaughter, Daria Ortiz, Fuertes was originally from the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States legally. While in the Dominican Republic she had been a secretary to the president of that country.
Ortiz spoke out against the sanctuary laws that made it possible for the murderer to take her grandmother’s life, saying he should never have had the opportunity to commit this crime. She called for changing the laws that made it possible for the tragedy to happen.
Her testimony and appeal are very moving. Let’s hope that President Trump will continue to move against sanctuary cities and states in the US.