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Reckless Border Policies Led to Senior Couple’s Deaths

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023
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By Dale Wilcox

The Mexico border on the highway

The vast majority of Americans have likely never heard of the Lermas, but their story needs to be told.

Jose Lerma, 67, and Isabel Lerma, 65, from Dalton, Georgia, were on their way to Mexico earlier this month when a car carrying suspected human smugglers smashed into their SUV, which proceeded to burst into flames. The couple, who had been married for nearly 50 years, were killed in the wreck along with six other people. The accident was allegedly caused by human smugglers attempting to flee from law enforcement. This incident is further evidence that America’s anti-border policies have invited lawlessness, recklessness, and ultimately, tragedy.  

It is an example of what happens when policymakers in the federal government dismantle basic security measures and allow millions of illegal aliens to cross the border. The Lermas are the latest victims of the destructive policies that have been implemented in the last few years. The same anti-border policies that led to this tragedy have also resulted in a record amount of migrants dying while making the dangerous trek through Latin America to the U.S.

From its very first day in power, the Biden Administration has been on a mission to surrender America’s operational control of its border. From ending deportations, to terminating the Remain-in-Mexico program to blocking further construction of the border wall, this White House has invited chaos and disorder at the southern border, and the results have been tragic but predictable. The administration and influential anti-border advocates love to cloak their policies in the veneer of compassion, but the end result is death and broken families. Tragedies wrought by illegal immigration pre-date the current administration but have been exacerbated by its policies.

The deaths of Kate Steinle and Mollie Tibbetts at the hands of illegal aliens led to national outrage and drew attention to the plight of angel families across the country who have lost loved ones due to illegal immigration. After Steinle’s death, several members of Congress introduced legislation to enhance punishments for criminal illegal aliens, although it has remained stalled.

The national outpouring of grief and demands for action we witnessed following the deaths of Steinle and Tibbetts have largely been missing following this latest tragedy. The deaths of the Lermas have mostly been ignored by the corporate media, and few members of Congress have taken notice. This is troubling, not just because it represents a failure to pay tribute to an American couple who tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives, but because it suggests much of the country has become numb to these avoidable tragedies.

Every country in world history has dealt with the problems of violence and crime domestically. The U.S. is certainly no exception, with rates of violent crime in the country having skyrocketed in recent years. What no nation, including the U.S., should ever accept is violence perpetuated by foreign nationals in the country illegally. Anti-borders forces have done grave damage to the country over the past few decades, but their biggest sin may be the normalization of American deaths caused by illegal immigration. Every such death is avoidable, and none should ever be accepted.

The loss of Jose and Isabel Lerma should be a wake-up call for all Americans who believe the crisis at the southern border does not affect them. No matter who you are or where you live, the lawlessness emanating from the southern border can affect any one of us. While this tragedy happened near the southern border, illegal immigration has been responsible for the deaths of countless Americans all over the country. Because of the wide-open U.S.-Mexico border, every American now lives in a border state, and every American has a vested interest in ending the crisis. This has been illustrated by the growth of human trafficking to the U.S., as well as the growing threat of terrorism at the border. The federal government’s dereliction of its duty to secure the border has put the safety and security of the American people in peril.

The deaths of the Lermas are a tragic reminder that every day Americans are the ones who ultimately pay the biggest price for the crisis at the border. May their memories be a blessing and may their legacies serve as a reminder of the urgent need to secure our border.

Dale L. Wilcox is executive director and general counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.

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Elaine R
Elaine R
6 months ago

We know this evil is going on and all we do is talk about it. All the so-called leaders in America and NO one is stopping this. Biden and his gang have destroyed our precious land and NO one is stopping him .How about it, Leaders?? Gather up your cohones and fix it!!!

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
6 months ago

This is a sad story, the big problem is that they won’t be the last, a lot of good people will lose their lives, from all kinds of encounters with people who have in the past and will in the next 13 or so months come to America, under the Biden and his minions stupid border polices,
We need a law that holds the President and all those who aid and abated with bad policies be held personally responsible with fines and imprisonment, for wrongful acts.
God Bless America, may we soon see a president that believes we are a sovereign nation!

Melinda
Melinda
6 months ago

Our current government is ignoring the Constitution and breaking laws daily. This is a travesty and we feel powerless to combat it.

Steven Alton
Steven Alton
6 months ago

You as as Mr.Biden & Mr.Mayorkas are in charge of this situation the border and immigration isn’t going to ever be done until we get the putz’s out of office.And Razor Wire should be put acrossed all of our border Like Texas did !!!!!!!!!!

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
6 months ago

Just like Kate Steinle… walking with her father along Pier 17 in SF only to be shot by an illegal playing with a stoken gun. Hiw many have and still will die at the gands of ppl who should not even be here?

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
6 months ago

If Trump dont get in, it will take a REvolution to turn this Country around. The people are getting fed up with all this crap day by day. And the dumb Dems. call Jan 6 a insurection. They aint seen nothing yet. Kyle L.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
6 months ago

This is a very important article , Well done with it Mr. Wilcox. Your organization the Immigration Reform Law Institute deserves a Well Done too. In several previous comments I have made on articles about the invasion of the southern border by criminal gangs involved in illegal drug trafficking and human trafficking I have referred to the criminal gangs as despicable, dishonorable enemies of freedom. Articles like this will help to defend the United States of America and strengthen the Nation’s security abilities. I do believe that an increase in the understanding of having a sense of responsibility to be alert to criminal activity is vital in the citizens who care about this issue. To recognize situations that are indications of illegal activity taking place and to do the responsible thing according to the circumstances, which would involve bringing it to the attention of law enforcement will be good for the Country in many ways , at all levels . Respect for the idea of having a society that stands for the principles of Honor, Honesty, Integrity, Courage and Loyalty . In the spirit of the ideals of Faith, Family and Freedom – defending America and those principles and ideals is a noble effort. With Respect and appreciation for everyone involved in the Immigration Reform Law Institute .

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
6 months ago

Simple. Shut the gates and close the lock. Only American Citizens get in. If they are in the river,let them stay there. I knoiw that sounds cruel ,but what else can youdo. ??? In a few years ,Americans will suffer for this. Kyle L.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
6 months ago

It is sad what is going on in this country I just see something on TV yesterday people that are Dems will vote for Biden and Harris just goes to show what lies does to you all the corruption that is going on in this country bad leadership no control on the border, the person that should be watching the border cares nothing what comes across the border when asked a question he just sits with a dumb look on his face that is what Biden appointed to protect us from bad actors trying to come into this country we are headed down a bad path we need to take control in this country and vote people out of office

Jackie
Jackie
6 months ago

The sad part to me is that Joe Biden will never know anything about the Lermas and that his policies are causing deaths of American citizens! No one will tell him, he isn’t together enough to ask and, frankly, Joe just doesn’t care about people like the Lermas and what happened to them!! If he cared, if Democrats cared, they would never have opened the border like they did!! We have already had problems with illegals committing crimes of all kinds and that wouldn’t have happened if they weren’t here to begin with!!! Round up all of the illegals, go door to door if necessary, and deport all of them!!! Joe, we have immigration laws on the books – your job is literally to enforce the laws and you have failed on so many levels!! If Democrats don’t like the immigration laws we have, they should try to change them to something else and I will put emphasis on ‘try’ because I don’t think Americans would like the Democrat version of immigration laws!!

pete
pete
6 months ago

In 2,000 I obtained my CDL and drove OTR. One of my favorite stops was the Petro truck stop in Joplin, Mo. If I met another driver and elected to eat in the general area of the restaurant instead of the trucker’s area, I never overheard another conversation in English. I could give other indications of how thoroughly foreigners have infested the country, but that should get your attention.

Roger Football
Roger Football
6 months ago

Wrong, bad driving led to their deaths. The driver of the vehicle who caused the accident is one hundred percent at fault, no one else.

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