Steve Ronnebeck is an Arizona dad who lost his son in 2015 to a violent criminal illegal immigrant that the Obama administration allowed to freely walk the streets of Mesa, Arizona. Ronnebeck recently took to the pages of Breitbart.com to denounce the willful inactivity of the Obama administration and to praise Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the work he’s done defending America from violence.
Ronnebeck emotionally calls to GOP primary voters, urging them to cast their ballots for a man who has spent his political career defending our rights and our lives.
Just a year ago, I lost my son Grant.
He was killed by an illegal-immigrant felon with a violent record, an illegal immigrant whom the federal government had caught and released. My son is gone because of the lawless immigration policies of the Obama Administration—policies that we can trust Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to change. Cruz has the courage to do it, and the proven record that he will.
The criminal who murdered my son, Apolinar Altamirano, is a self-proclaimed member of the Mexican Mafia and claims to have ties to the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. He came to this country illegally and was first arrested in August 2012 for brutally kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young woman.
Despite the violence, Altamirano was sentenced to just two years of probation under a plea agreement. He was turned over to the federal government. And under the “priorities” of the Obama Administration, they—unbelievably—released this now-convicted felon into our streets on a $10,000 bond to wait for a deportation hearing, a hearing that never happened…
My son Grant was 21 years old. He worked at a Mesa convenience store called QuikTrip. Just before 4:00 a.m. on January 22, 2015, Altamirano walked in, spilled change on the counter and demanded a pack of cigarettes. As Grant began counting the money, the man put a gun to his head shouting, “You’re not gonna take my money,” and “You’re not gonna give me my cigarettes.” Grant quickly handed over the cigarettes, but this hate-filled criminal shot him anyway, killing him point blank…
Ted Cruz led the fight against the Obama-Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight massive-amnesty bill. He is the only candidate who has promised—on his First Day as President—to end Obama’s executive amnesty. Rubio says the same thing in English, but admitted during a Spanish interview that he won’t immediately undo Obama’s executive amnesty.
Ted Cruz introduced Kate’s law to ensure that criminals like the one who killed my son are locked up and, once deported, can never come back to the United States. He also sponsored legislation to end sanctuary cities and stop catch-and-release policies. Most recently, Ted Cruz and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
introduced legislation to make sure that ICE officials have the funding they need to enforce the law and protect us from illegal immigration. Since 2013, when he defeated the Obama-Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight bill, Cruz has been fighting to secure the border, and he is the only one with adetailed immigration plan that tells us exactly what he’ll do as President.
So we know what Ted Cruz will do when he gets in the White House: he will enforce the law, secure the border, and keep violent illegal-immigrant criminals away from our sons and daughters. He will do what the Obama Administration has refused to do, and what no other candidate has proven willing to do: prioritize the safety of Americans above the comfort of illegal immigrants.
I cannot bring my son back, but I can support Ted Cruz for President so that no parent has to go through the grief that my family and I now endure. So that our suffering will not be in vain. We will do our part to nominate a candidate who will restore the rule of law and protect our safety and security.
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