Many of you will remember the murder of a young black football player, Jamiel Shaw. He was shot and killed by an illegal alien who had just been released from jail instead of being deported. Jamiel was a good kid from a strong, intact, Christian family. They lived in a nice, well-kept black neighborhood, not the sort of neighborhood where you would expect to see gang activity. Jamiel’s family had raised him well. He got good grades in school, played sports, and stayed out of trouble. But, on the evening of March 2nd, 2008, shortly after calling his father to tell him he was almost home, Jamiel was shot to death three houses away from his house. His father actually heard the shots that killed his son. He ran from the house, fearing what he’d find, and his worst fears were confirmed. His son lay dead in the street.
The Shaw family contacted me after they read a column I wrote about the breakfast I attended, where Archbishop Gomez spoke in favor of amnesty. I had asked the Archbishop how he could support amnesty when unemployment, especially in the black community, was so high. I said I thought we owed the blacks jobs before the people who had already shown a disrespect for our laws, our culture, our language, and our flag. The Shaw family has a podcast, and they wanted me to appear on it, and talk about the breakfast with the Archbishop. They also invited me to a candlelight vigil on March 2nd, to commemorate Jamiel’s death. It was my honor to participate in both.
Since Jamiel’s death, the Shaw family has worked tirelessly to pass “Jamiel’s Law”. It seems like a no-brainer. It requires illegal alien gang members to be deported. Why would anyone disagree with that? However, at Rep. Karen Bass’ pro-amnesty townhall a few months ago, Althea Shaw (Jamiel’s aunt) asked why Rep. Bass wasn’t in support of Jamiel’s Law. Bass said it was too broad. She did not note that our current immigration laws require ALL illegal aliens to be deported. What could, possibly, be a valid objection to deporting illegal alien gang members?
On March 2nd, a rainy Sunday evening, I drove to the Shaw’s home. As I turned down their street, I passed a tree with a sign on it. It had a picture of Jamiel and a brass plaque below. A few doors down was the Shaws’ house, where a group of people had gathered on the front porch. I introduced myself, and was warmly welcomed. Soon, we all walked down the street, to where the brass plaque was located. This was the spot where Jamiel’s father found his son dead, and held him for the last time. I wondered if I could bear living so close to the spot where my child died. We all held up panels of a national quilt made from pictures of people murdered by illegal aliens. It stretched all the way down the street. Relatives of some of the victims came out to be with us on that night. Everyone held candles as the relatives of the murdered innocents told their stories.
Jamiel’s father spoke of the day his son was gunned down. The senselessness, the loss of such a promising young life. How he has all of Jamiel’s awards and trophies, which span the boy’s life, but abruptly stop at 3/2/08. He spoke of the effect Jamiel’s death has had on many different lives. When Jamiel was killed, his mother was serving our country in Iraq. Even as she was fighting to protect her country, that country failed to protect her son.
The aunt of a 13-year-old victim explained how concerned they had been with their boy’s safety. He had just turned 13. He wanted to go out and play video games with some friends. His family told him to call when he was done, and they would pick him up. Since it was still light out, he decided to walk the short distance home. A carload of gang members asked him whose colors he was under. He replied that he didn’t play those games. They shot him in the head.
A father told of hearing about Jamiel’s death, and thinking how unimaginable the death of a child would be. He found out not long after, when his own son was also murdered. After he told his story, he was so overwhelmed with emotion, he had to walk away to compose himself.
A letter from the family of another victim was read aloud. This young man was deliberately run down by an illegal alien, and run over three times, before someone stood in front of the van to prevent him from being run over for the fourth time. If I recall correctly, the murderer spent a mere 43 days in jail.
These stories don’t receive any national attention. But the “plight of the undocumented worker” receives wall-to-wall coverage. These families get no support from their elected officials, while La Raza, Mecha, and every other illegal alien group, gets unlimited access. Who do our elected representatives represent? Why are they so determined to reward criminals?? Illegal aliens aren’t just people who “want a better life for their families”; some are members of the most violent gangs in the world, some are terrorists, and others carry diseases not seen in this county for hundreds of years, if ever! Jamiel Shaw, and others murdered by illegal aliens, aren’t the only victims of illegal immigration. We are all victims, when they take our jobs, and lower our wages. We are victimized yet again when they overwhelm our social services, schools, and hospitals.
The primary job of our government is to protect its citizens. It is time we demand it does so.