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While addressing members of the National Border Patrol Council on Friday, President Trump invited on stage the granddaughter of an elderly New York woman who was raped and slain last month by, allegedly, a known criminal alien recently released into the community under New York’s dangerous sanctuary city policies.

In January, New York City police arrested a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Guyana, Reeaz Khan, for the murder and sexual assault of Maria Fuertes, a 92-year-old grandmother living in Queens. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have blamed NYC’s sanctuary city laws for releasing the known criminal alien back into the community following Khan’s previous arrest for assault and criminal possession of a weapon in Nov. 2019. The elderly Fuertes was found unconscious, her body partially exposed, lying behind a vehicle close to her home just after midnight on Jan. 6. Ms. Fuertes later died from her injuries.

Towards the end of his address on Friday, President Trump invited Ms. Fuertes’ granddaughter, Daria Ortiz, to say a few words about her grandmother, described as a beloved figure in her local community.

“I’d like to take this moment to say my grandmother was very generous and educated,” Ortiz began. “She was a woman who dedicated her time to taking care of others. Before coming to America, she worked as a secretary for the president of her native country, the Dominican Republic. She’s a shining example of when people come legally to this country, work hard, and do the right thing and are law-abiding citizens. My grandmother raised her children and her grandchildren while working hard to give us a future. ”

The woman fought back tears as she went on to describe her grandmother’s fate as a completely avoidable tragedy had it not been for New York City’s harmful and dangerous sanctuary city policies.

“Unfortunately, my grandmother had to be the example of why something like this horrific crime should never happen,” she said. “Our family’s hope is that her death was not in vain, and that preventative measures are put into place to ensure nothing like this ever happens to anyone again. The tragedy in all of this is the fact this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The tragedy is my grandmother is not ever going to be here again.”

“The man that is responsible for this should have never had the opportunity to do this, had his multiple offenses not been ignored. The system not only failed our family, but it failed our city,” she explained. “Our family would like to thank the administration for acknowledging my family’s tragedy and understanding their concerns in this tragic time. Thank you very much.”

President Trump mentioned the horrific case while blasting dangerous sanctuary laws during his State of the Union address earlier this month.

“Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the sanctuary city of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman,” the president said. “The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would be alive today.”

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  • Evangeline says:

    Why are states allowed to break our laws and constitution?! Sanctuary cities harbor illegals who even if they haven’t committed another crime, are criminals because they’re illegals. I’m sure when the founding fathers gave powers to the states they never intended for them to use it to harbor criminals so the Dem party can get their votes.

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    when this kind of crap happens . then charge them that are keeping them here as well. they brake the laws when they come illegaly . and the politicians brake out laws to keep them here . the answer send them all across the southing border

  • Dan Calabrese says:

    All New York Politicians who voted for and supported this law, starting with Governor Cuomo (a true piece of slime) have blood on their hands. These low life liberals are more concerned with the law breakers than they are with the hard working, law abiding citizens of this state.

  • Theresa says:

    It does not make all illegals criminals idiots, there a lot of homegrown people in America that are criminals too, do that make all Americans a criminals, nope, so it do not make all illegals criminals, you people are so stupid that go on judge all illegals as criminals, many of those that are children, women so on that have done nothing wrong other than come as illegals when they see no other way than come as illegals if they are refused from the border to come to America, do you know many of those people that were sent back, got killed, that were afraid of their life to be killed if sent back, how do you live with that, do you sleep a night!

    • Q says:

      And you are what is wrong w/ this country!! They broke the law by coming here illegally to start with. Yes, we have our own problems w/ our own citizens in this country & don’t need to import anymore losers. We need to get our own country back in order & people need to stay in their own country & fight for their rights there! Will there be blood shed, of course, we did it here in this country. We are not the babysitters of this world & we owe no one nothing. PERIOD!!

  • binkyxz3 says:

    ” . . . Immigration and Customs Enforcement have blamed NYC’s sanctuary city laws for releasing the known criminal alien . . .”
    NO ! The myopic, evil traitors who wrote the laws are to blame! It is time to start naming names, doing it loudly and at every occurrence. Leftists are masterful at smearing individuals. They need to start getting some of their own medicine.

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