As the government shutdown over the southern border wall continues, families of American citizens killed by illegal immigrants are taking issue with Democrats accusing President Donald Trump of “manufacturing a crisis” to gain support and funding for the continuous wall he promised on his presidential campaign trail.
Mothers and fathers of United States citizens whose offspring were killed by those who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are alleging that top Democratic leaders are simply out of touch with “regular America.”
Dems claim false alarm on immigration problems
On Tuesday night during their rebuttal to Trump’s first-ever address from the Oval Office – on border security – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) teamed up against the president and resorted to “manufacturing” lingo to describe the border crisis he has warned Americans about to prove the necessity for a continuous 2,000-mile from California’ Pacific Coast to Texas’ Gulf Coast.
“The Democratic duo argued the president was merely trying to strike fear into the hearts of Americans in an attempt to get his central campaign promise across the finish line,” Fox News reported. “But that spin didn't sit well with those who've lost loved ones due to illegal immigration.”
Calling out Dems
Parents blasted and spoke out against Democrats for discounting American deaths at the hands of those who illegally entered the U.S. – as if illegal immigration had nothing to do with the loss of their loved ones.
Jeffrey Mazin, whose son, Alexander Mazin, was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant, called Pelosi out on her lack of empathy toward those who have lost their children as a result of America’s lax immigration policy at the border – a policy that was continued throughout the pro-immigration Obama administration.
“I’m just wondering if Nancy Pelosi had one of her children or grandchildren assaulted in the same way that my son was assassinated if she would speak the same way – I just wonder about that,” the mourning father pondered while speaking on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle.
Last February, Mazin’s 27-year-old son was fatally shot in a gym parking lot in San Diego, California – a story that Democrats have widely ignored and tried to keep under wraps.
“The suspected shooter, Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, is reported to be the ex-boyfriend of the woman Mazin had recently started dating,” Fox News’ Greg Norman recounted. “Martinez, investigators say, is also a twice-deported illegal immigrant who has since fled to Mexico.”
The story made national headlines – something dreaded by the Democrats and their open-borders agenda.
“Alexander’s parents had an emotional meeting with County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar,” CBS 8 reported at the time. “Gaspar made headlines last week for bringing Alexander’s heart-wrenching story directly to the White House and the nation’s top leader.”
The distraught father let the nation know the brutality of the murder carried out by the illegal immigrant.
“The man straddled him and pumped four more bullets into his chest,” he shared with Fox News last year in a separate report. “My son died there in the parking lot, like a rat in the street. Obviously every time I tell it, the emotion pours out of me.”
Another parent shared another tragic story that was allowed to unfold due to lax immigration laws.
“Julie Golvach, the mother of Spencer Golvach – who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant at a traffic light in Houston in 2015 – also told Fox News that Schumer and Pelosi’s comments struck a nerve,” Norman noted.
She stuck by Trump and his tough-on-immigration policy to make sure such a tragedy does not happen again.
“It may seem 'manufactured' to them because they are sitting safely behind walls, but for those of us out in regular America, we are victims, we are prone to the victimization of illegal aliens and crime,” she told Fox & Friends Wednesday morning.
Discounting crimes to defend open borders?
But Pelosi insisted that America is behind her and Democrats’ take on not funding the border wall.
“[Americans] all agree that we need to secure our borders while honoring our values," Pelosi said Tuesday night in the Democrats’ rebuttal to Trump’s speech, according to Fox. “[But] the fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge – a challenge that President Trump’s own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened. And the fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.”
Schumer agreed with his pro-immigration colleague.
“Democrats and the President both want stronger border security, [but] we sharply disagree with the president about the most effective way to do it," Schumer argued, according to Fox. “We need to end the partial government shutdown, but Trump is using] the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”
Trump, however, stressed the seriousness of the problem.
“[We have a] growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Trump declared in his speech, appearing to reference parents such as Mazin and Golvach, according to Fox. “For those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask, imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken. To every member of Congress, pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen, call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border.”
He has often visited with mourning parents over the border issue.
“Trump interacted with ‘Angel parents’ frequently while he was campaigning for the White House – often invoking their departed sons and daughters during speeches and speaking about the parents on a first-name basis,” Norman noted. “His Tuesday remarks were delivered in a similar spirit. The contentious debate over immigration policy was thrust back into the spotlight last year as massive migrant caravans tried to make their way through Central America in a bid to enter the U.S.”
He does not intend to back down on the border issue any time soon.
“Meanwhile, a ‘zero-tolerance policy instituted by the Trump administration's Justice Department, which led to nearly 2,000 children being temporarily separated from their families after being caught trying to cross the U.S. border, also sparked a national outcry,” Norman added.