Immigrants themselves are victims of our country’s dangerous tolerance of illegal immigration. 

Maria Fuertes was a 92-year old immigrant from the Dominican Republic who lived in Queens, New York City. 

She had moved to the U.S. legally in the 1960s, and was well-known among her neighbors, among whom were immigrants from Guyana, a country in northern South America.

Neighbors  called Maria “Our Abuela”(Spanish for grandmother). 

She was also called “the Cat Lady” as she kept 10 cats.   To finance her cat project, Maria collected cans and bottles, to turn them in and collect the recycling fee.

Maria felt so safe in her neighborhood that she had no fear of walking about at night to collect cans and bottles.  

In the early a.m. of January 6, 2020, Maria was walking in the neighborhood and was attacked by 21-year old Reeaz Khan, an illegal immigrant from Guyana. 

Khan sexually assaulted and strangled Maria, leaving her still alive on the sidewalk.

She lay there with various injuries, partially unclothed in the freezing temperature, for about two hours. 

Eventually discovered, Maria was taken to the hospital, but it was too late to help her and she died there.

Part of Khan’s attack was actually filmed on a surveillance camera, and he was soon apprehended.

Not only was Khan an illegal alien, he’d had a recent run-in with the law, after an attack on his own father with a broken ceramic coffee mug, after which Khan was released.

That was less than two months before the murder of Maria Fuertes.

What was the motive for the attack on Maria?

According to Khan himself, he hated his own mother, was angry at his father, felt disliked by his brothers, and was angry that he’d been brought to the United States.

Was Khan brought to the United States as a minor? If so, wouldn’t that make him a “DREAMer”?

New York City is a “sanctuary city”, protecting illegal aliens.  Does its government bear part of the responsibility for this?

Maria’s granddaughter Daria Ortiz certainly believes so.

Daria put it this way: “The tragedy in all of this is that this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law.”

“Sanctuary” policy is dangerous for both native-born Americans and legal immigrants.

As Daria said, “The system not only failed our family but it failed our city.”

(Note: This selection is an article in my booklet The Victims of Illegal Immigration, Third Edition. That booklet contains 16 true accounts of victims of illegal aliens. You can obtain a copy of this booklet, free of charge, from the US Incorporated organization. Click here to find out how to obtain your free copy.)

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