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Editor’s Note:WND has changed the names of the mother and son in this story at their request.
Amidst all the lobbying that will go on in Washington over the next few months over amnesty for illegal aliens, one issue probably won’t get much attention.
But Sandra Kay knows all about it. Her son, a soldier who served overseas without getting injured, is paying the costs of it – with a year of rehabilitation and probably a lifetime of pain and trouble because an illegal alien driver caused a crash that left him seriously hurt.
The driver had no license and was in a borrowed car with a lapsed insurance policy, Kay told WND. He made an illegal turn, sending Kay’s son tumbling from his motorcycle onto the highway.
Then the offender disappeared before his scheduled court appearance and the case later was resolved with a judge’s decision that probation was appropriate.
Kay’s son, Timothy, still is paying. He goes to therapy regularly for a leg “pieced together with screws and plates and rods” which still is missing a piece of bone one of the surgeons said could not be found.
“His foot is slightly turned inward and the only remedy would be for the surgeons to wait until after the year’s healing process and then go back in, re-break the leg and reset it,” Kay told WND.
Added Timothy, “I am handling a life-changing attack by going through physical therapy as scheduled. Obviously, it will be awhile before I can get back to where I was physically. Currently, I depend on my brothers to do work around the house for me and their presence is integral to me being able to function.”
He continued, “I am uncertain as to what the future holds. This admittedly will make the job search a bit more difficult. Outside work such as an electric lineman/groundman (which I consider great experience while pursuing my electrical engineering degree) will now be dependent on my recovery. As you know, it’s going slow.”
Kay admits she’s not as forgiving as her son, and she’s upset.
“[The driver] was issued a ticket for driving without a license and improper turn and given a summons for a court appearance. That is all he was ticketed with. He was released. He did not appear for his first court date and we were told he could not be found. … The court disposed of the case [with] a year’s unsupervised probation and a $250 fine. A year’s unsupervised probation and a $250 fine. He was released back out into the general population,” she told WND.
Timothy, who expressed forgiveness for the traffic crash even as he was being loaded into an ambulance, said he holds no ill will for illegal aliens.
“If they showed up at my door in need of assistance I would offer it,” he said.
However, “having said that, they need to go through the standard naturalization process the Irish, Italians, Africans, and other Hispanics have had to go through in the past,” he said. “It’s obvious the detrimental effect they have on people such as me since they choose not to abide by the law.
“Secondly, from what I’ve seen personally, they get into a construction or other industry and only hire other illegals. Since they don’t pay taxes, they don’t have to be paid as much which virtually eliminates healthy marketplace competition. Their job performance, more often that not, is shoddy at best,” he said.
“Not because they couldn’t be good at it, but because they’re not trained in it. Most of the time, the work has to be repeated several times. … I don’t buy the old line that the illegal aliens are doing jobs Americans won’t do. Anyone who loves their family will do whatever they can to take care of them,” he said.
Abrams died en route to a hospital. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Abrams was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when 17-year-old Luis Enrique Landin reportedly dropped a cell phone while driving and reached to pick it up, losing control of his pickup truck.
The report said the impact knocked Abrams out of his black shoes.
Kay told WND she investigated the situation a little and was told Fairfax, Va., where her son’s accident happened, was a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens.
“And our ‘Republican’ leaders are going to back the amnesty the Democrats are proposing,” she said, incredulously.
And a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacked a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.
Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked – and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.
There are estimates of 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, but experts say it’s simply impossible to know how many drive illegally.
And most police departments lack separate statistics on illegal aliens in traffic crashes. Neither does the federal government count those who are deported after they were caught driving illegally.
But as of last summer, the incentives to drive illegally were receding, based on President Obama’s new immigration policy for young people. His designation for them for special treatment if they’re in school or have a high school diploma and meet other requirements means in many states they are allowed to get driver’s licenses.
NPR reported on one 22-year-old who routinely drove illegally before, but after implementation of Obama’s policy obtained his license.
He said it means now not having to watch over his shoulder for police.