UCLA Students Savage Mother Whose Son was Killed by an Illegal Alien

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By Maria Fotopoulos

Maria is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow who focuses on the impacts of growth on biodiversity. Find her on Twitter | in | FB.

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October 20, 2016
Sabine Durden with her son, Dominic, killed
by an illegal alien who was driving drunk.

Perhaps some of today’s college students are trying to be relevant – to stake a claim to a cause in the vein of the 1960s Vietnam War protests. If that’s the case, essential critical thinking skills to identify actual causes that might have a positive impact seem to be in short supply. Demanding “safe spaces,” black studies class on every campus and removal of historical statues are just a few examples of the inanity.

Many hearing and reading about these stories interpret them to be troubling indicators of increasingly intolerant college campuses. A most egregious case of intolerance occurred last week at the University of California Los Angeles campus.

As reported in the UCLA student newspaper, the Daily Bruin, a student Republican group hosted an event with Sabine Durden, whose son, Dominic, was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk. Durden was invited to tell her story and discuss the impact of illegal immigration on the United States.

According to the story, students were highly disrespectful to Durden and worked to drown out her talk. Quotes within the story, and comments in response to it, showed such a basic lack of common courtesy and decency so much so that I wondered, as I read, what caliber of students are being admitted to UCLA, and do they have parents, or are they feral children?

One of the comments was:

“They [the Bruin Republicans] projected an isolated incident on a helpless population.”

This student’s comment indicates a staggering ignorance level about crimes that have been committed by illegal aliens, resulting in the loss of many American lives. CAPS has written about many of the murders and homicides, including Marilyn Pharis, Kate Steinle, Drew Rosenberg and Jamiel Shaw in California, just a few of many, along with others throughout the country. The Remembrance Project represents families whose loved ones were killed by illegal aliens, and The Dustin Inman Society in Georgia was started to honor 16-year-old Dustin Inman, killed by an illegal alien, and to work on the many issues related to illegal immigration.

Additionally, the number of illegal aliens who have committed felonies in the U.S. and been released back onto our streets, rather than deported, is well documented.

So there is no lack of information available to students interested in learning about the reality of the level of horrific crimes committed by people in the country illegally.

Other ill-informed students said that the student Republicans “were capitalizing on her [Durden’s] suffering to promote bigotry” and that the talk “promoted hostility toward immigrants,” both gross misrepresentations. Displaying extreme arrogance, one student even went so far as to suggest that Durden should direct “her anger” to an organization “raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.”

How has it become acceptable in this country to attack – not engage in a civil discussion with an exchange of fact-based information, but attack – a woman for sharing the story of her loss and taking a stance on an issue that has resulted in loss of American lives because our elected government is failing
in its duties?

Durden has said, “I want my country to be protected, and I want others to never know the kind of pain and grief this causes.” As with many others who have lost family, friends and colleagues at the hands of illegal aliens, Durden’s voice should be heard.

Such incredibly basic arguments are being put forth. For rule of law. For safety and security. For immigration policies that protect citizens. For immigration laws that benefit Americans and the country. Specifically regarding the American loss of life at the hands of illegal aliens, at the simplest level, these are crimes that would not have happened if the perpetrators – who shouldn’t have been in the U.S. – hadn’t been in the U.S.!

If college students cannot understand such simple concepts, we should be very worried about the direction of our country.

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