Donald Trump Is Thanked by Woman Whose Son Was Killed by Illegal Immigrant
Donald J. Trump got a shout-out Tuesday during a hearing on Capitol Hill from the mother of a man who was killed by an illegal immigrant in 2010.
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on so-called sanctuary cities, Laura Wilkerson of Pearland, Tex., read from the autopsy report of her son, Josh.
An immigrant who had been brought to the United States illegally as a 10-year-old was convicted of tying up her son and torturing him before beating him to death, because he accused Josh of “kicking his dog,” Ms. Wilkerson said.
“Thank you to Mr. Trump for getting a message out in two minutes that countless families like our own have been trying to get out for years,” Ms. Wilkerson said. “It feels good to be heard.”
The hearing was called after Kathryn Steinle was fatally shot on a pier in San Francisco by a Mexican immigrant with a record of multiple felonies and deportations who had been released by the police. Mr. Trump drew national attention to the killing by saying that it confirmed his comments that Mexico was sending criminals to the United States. Lawmakers are considering legislation to require reluctant cities like San Francisco to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
Ms. Wilkerson said those cities send a message to foreign criminals: “Come to our town U.S.A., and we’ll protect you.” She urged the senators to crack down on such criminals. “You’re elected by Americans, not any other country, and you should be for Americans,” she said, drawing applause from the chamber.