A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee panel heard emotional testimony on Wednesday from family members who lost loved ones at the hands of so-called ‘dreamers’ under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as, DACA.

Jamiel Shaw Sr., the father of a 17-year-old who was gunned down in 2008, testified as did Michael Ronnebeck who spoke for the family of his 21-year-old nephew. Both boys were murdered by illegal immigrants who would have qualified as ‘dreamers.’

The testimony came as Congress decides whether to fund the president's ‘DREAMERS’ policy that allows immigrants brought to the United States prior to their 16th birthday to remain without threat of deportation.

Jamiel Shaw II, was a high school senior and college football prospect when he was shot just yards from his home in Los Angeles by admitted gang member Pedro Espinoza. Speaking in a voice occasionally quivering with emotion, Shaw’s father told the panel that he was there to ‘debunk the myth that if you are brought over by no fault of your own then you are a good person.”

“Dream act kids have turned my family’s dream into a nightmare,” said Shaw, adding that his son’s mother, Sgt. Anita Shaw, was notified of her son’s death in Iraq where she was serving a fourth tour of duty.

He testified that his son’s killer had been released from the county jail the day before the murder after serving only four months of an eight-month sentence for assault. Shaw bluntly referred to Espinoza as an ‘invader’ asking, “Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America?”

The father’s powerful five-minute statement concluded with an impassioned plea for Congress to pass the Jamiel Shaw Jr. Memorial Act introduced by Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) to give the FBI power to track and report illegal alien crime.

Grant Ronnebeck was 21 years old when he was shot in the face while working behind the counter of a convenience store in Mesa, Arizona. His killer, Apolinar Altamirano, a member of the Mexican ‘mafia’ and Sinola drug cartel, had been brought to the United States when he was 14 years old putting him in the category of a ‘dreamer’ under Obama’s deferred action policy. At the time of Ronnebeck's murder, Altamirano was on bond awaiting deportation after serving two years’ probation for kidnapping, sexual assault.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, also testified. At the time of Ronnebeck’s murder, she told the press that although the Obama administration policy is to release aliens awaiting immigration court hearings, “By releasing convicted felons like Altamirano, they are playing Russian roulette with public safety.”

The president instituted the sweeping DACA program by executive action in the run-up to the 2012 election claiming he had the authority to do so if Congress failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As of June 2014, the Department of Homeland Security had approved nearly 600,000 applications while denying only 24,000.


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