In 2011 Matthew Denice was killed by a drunk driver.
His motorcycle was hit by a pick-up truck and dragged for a quarter of a mile. His mother, Maureen Maloney, was left to make sense of the tragedy.
It is a painful and all-too-common scenario. But what makes it worse was that the driver of the pick-up, Nicolas Guaman, was an illegal immigrant with a criminal record.
During this Presidential campaign, the issue of illegal immigration has become a prominent topic.
Maloney, still grieving over the loss of her son, has been shocked by the stance many GOP candidates have taken on the issue. Stances that would allow for similar situations to her son’s to happen.
Her comments to each candidate are honest and eye-opening.
Regarding Rubio and Cruz she wrote:
Rubio is betraying us, absolutely. I don’t trust him. I have no use for [Rubio], he was part of the Gang of Eight bill.
Even Ted Cruz has a way for people who are here illegally to end up staying here, like a path to legalization that’s not citizenship.
She did not mince words about her opinion of Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has an aggressive plan for amnesty:
Let him come visit me and let me take him to my son’s grave. My son was a college graduate. He graduated college just three months before he was killed. He worked going through college, worked part time to help pay for his tuition, he graduated debt-free because he helped pay for his tuition.
And he had just got his first real job and he was killed. He was killed by somebody who had a criminal record and who had drunk a case of beer earlier in the day.
What could these candidates say that could appease a grieving parent? No amount of political banter will bring their children back, or make it okay that illegals are living and driving in our towns.
But guess what Maloney said about Donald Trump?
Donald Trump has gone around the country and has met with groups of family members that have lost somebody to an illegal alien and he never publicized it. He met with us…in a private meeting, and he kept it private. He kept it private.
The only way the media may have heard anything about it is if one of us happened to have mentioned it. He gained so much of my respect for that because other politicians that have spoke with me over the last four years—it’s a photo-op or a press-op, it’s always an opportunity for them to be in the limelight: [a chance for them to say] ‘see what I’m doing.’
And then you don’t hear from them again. And Donald Trump did not do that. And it’s not just those of us who lost a family member—he’s doing it with veterans and other people around the country too.
For a man that virtually lives in the limelight, Trump’s choice to keep these meeting’s private is telling. It proves that his stance on immigration–and his commitment to helping Americans–is genuine.
Say what you will about his personality and campaign, there is a part of Donald Trump that truly cares about this country’s citizens.