Parent due to attend Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to speak to members of congress
A mother whose son was killed after being run over by a car driven an illegal immigrant has called on Donald Trump to ‘hold strong’ and keeping fighting for the US-Mexico border.
Maureen Maloney’s son Matthew Denice, 23, died after an Ecuadorian man who was in the US illegally in 2011 crashed into him.
Nicolas Guaman was intoxicated with alcohol when he jumped a stop sign in his pick-up truck before striking Denice who was riding a motorcycle.
Guaman then tried to flee the scene and ran over Denice, who became lodged in a wheel well.
Maloney described how her son as ‘dragged a quarter-mile to his death by an illegal alien while horrified witnesses were banging on his truck to stop him.’
Guaman was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and is serving a 12 to 14-year sentence.
But Denice’s mother said the Democrats compromise deal to fund just $1.375 billion for the wall ‘isn’t enough.’
Maureen will attend Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. along with other families who lost their loved ones to illegal immigrants to speak to members of Congress.
The Democrats need to listen to families who have lost loved ones. They need to hear us,’ She told the Boston Herald.
‘They need to hear from rape victims. They need to hear from parents who lost loved ones to drugs.’
Maloney described her son as an ‘amazing, kind and caring person.’
But as border wall negotiations crumbled again this week, the chances of President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency is becoming increasingly likely.
Following the Democrats demand that detention bed funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house detained illegal immigrants be reduced, the talks stalled.
According to The Daily Mail: She previously outlined the horrific details of Denice’s death at a rally held by Trump during his election campaign in 2016.
At that rally, Trump pledged that if elected, he would remove millions of people living in the United States illegally.
Her husband, Denice’s stepfather, went so far as to say Trump would have prevented the crime.
‘If Donald Trump were president in 2011, our son Matthew Denice and other Americans would be alive today,’ Mike Maloney said.
At one of Trump’s early campaign events in August 2015, Maloney met Trump via an arranged meeting in Norwood.
‘Will you close the borders?’ an emotional Maloney asked Trump then.
Trump then replied: ‘We’ll get them closed, believe me.’
Since the death of her son, Maloney has been associated with the Remembrance Project, a non-profit organization that attempts to raise awareness about illegal immigration and to honor those murdered by people here illegally.
Under mounting pressure from his party, Trump appears to be grudgingly leaning toward allowing an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown.
Trump said Tuesday he would need more time to study the plan, but he also declared he was not expecting another shutdown this weekend when funding for parts of the government would run out.
‘I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,’ Trump said of the proposed deal. ‘But the wall is getting built, regardless.
‘It doesn’t matter because we’re doing other things beyond what we’re talking about here.’
Accepting the deal, worked out by congressional negotiators from both parties, would be a disappointment for a president who has repeatedly insisted he needs $5.7 billion for a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump turned down a similar deal in December, forcing the 35-day partial shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and Republicans reeling.
Lawmakers tentatively agreed to a deal that would provide nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers and keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30.
The agreement would allow 55 miles (88 kilometers) of new fencing – built using existing designs such as metal slats- but far less than the 215 miles (345 kilometers) the White House demanded in December.
The fencing would be built in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged Trump to accept the package to avert another shutdown, calling the tentative accord ‘welcome news.’