Republican frontrunner Donald Trump may not be racking up endorsements from Washington politicians, but he’s certainly got support from people whose lives have been shattered by illegal immigration. One such person – Jamiel Shaw of Los Angeles – appears in a new ad for the Trump campaign to tell the story of what happened to his 17-year-old son in 2008.
Shaw’s son was walking home on March 2, 2008 when a car pulled up beside him. One of the two Hispanic men inside the vehicle asked young Jas which gang he was affiliated with. When Jas didn’t respond, one of the men pulled out a gun and took his life.
As it turned out, the murderer was an illegal immigrant who had recently been released from jail. Knowing that the man who killed his son should not have even been in the country only compounded Jamiel’s grief.
The incident was nationally-publicized at the time, but not nearly to the extent of Kate Steinle’s murder in San Francisco last year. That was partially why Shaw was so surprised when Trump asked to meet him at a Los Angeles hotel.
“To see somebody, especially a billionaire, come out. I can’t even get a neighborhood politician to come out, that’s why it’s so surreal to me,” Shaw said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “He told me to my face, he said, ‘I promise you I would never let your son’s life be in vain.’”
According to Shaw, the meeting brought new light to his life. “This was the first time I thought everything’s really gonna be all right. To me, he was sent from God,” he said.
Voices like Shaw’s are drowned out by all the compassion we’re supposed to feel for illegal immigrants swarming across the border. Was it an “act of love” when Jas’s murderer came to America? Was he a migrant in the tradition of Mary and Joseph, as Obama has tried to insinuate of illegals?
As conservatives, Americans, and human beings, we are called upon to show care for those who are suffering, regardless of where they live. But contrary to what many Republicans – and nearly all Democrats – think, it’s possible to do that and enforce our country’s laws at the same time. We don’t have to sacrifice our economy, our culture, and our very lives to give illegal immigrants a better life. Trump understands that, and it may be the number one reason that he is unstoppable.