Mothers Know What Sanctuary Politicians Choose To Ignore
Last September, Raleigh, N.C., resident Jamar Beach was killed in a crash that was so violent he was decapitated. When Mexican national Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona pleaded guilty last week to felony hit-and-run, his mother, Cameo Robinson, made clear she knew her son did not have to die.
“He had no business here in thefirst place and he should not have been operating a vehicle,” said Beach’smother. “He didn’t have a license. So therefore he’s being treated better thanthe citizen who’s been killed.”
Robinson has clear thoughts onwhat comes after the alien’s prison term ends.
“Now that he’s committed thishorrendous crime, he definitely doesn’t deserve to be in America. Because if hewanted to be in America he would have come legally,” declared Robinson, whoplans to press for deportation.
At the sentencing hearing,Cruz-Carmona’s attorney Woody Vann told the judge his client came to the U.S. “totry to make a better life for himself, to try to send money back to his familyin Mexico,” but glossed over the fact his client had continued to violate thelaws of the country he entered illegally.
Although the creative license usedby the attorney failed to impress the court, which sentenced him to the maximumof 20-33 months in prison, the unpleasant reality for Jamar Beach’s family isthat he could be released in 14 months.
This week, the Supreme Court affirmed in a 5-4 decision that the government has the authority to detain criminal aliens upon their release as their removal proceedings progress, so no sensible person would question that Cruz-Carmona can (and should) go directly from prison into ICE custody until his deportation.
The problem is that sensiblepeople were not elected sheriff of Wake County, the jurisdiction into whichRaleigh falls.
After pledging in his campaign last fall to sever ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), newly-elected Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker followed through on his promise shortly after he took office when he released 16 individuals under ICE detainers.
Baker, like other pro-sanctuaryofficials, contends his actions are designed to improve trust between lawenforcement and the immigrant community.
But what will creating asanctuary for illegal aliens do to inspire any trust in Americans like CameoRobinson? She knows her son would be alive today if elected officials likeBaker cared about enforcing the immigration laws of the U.S. and not just makingthemselves feel good.
Sheriff Baker may not be able toprevent Robinson from being at the prison gates when her son’s killer isreleased, but the question remains whether he will tell ICE when the killer isreleased?