In 2011, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick expressed his opposition to “Secure Communities”, a program designed to further cooperation between federal immigration authorities and state and local governments.

Governor Patrick’s objection:  “What you get on the downside is a whole lot of folks who are worried about being targeted.”

Not long after, on August 20, 2011, one of those illegal aliens Governor Patrick didn’t want to be “worried about being targeted” killed a young Massachusetts man by running him over and dragging him under a vehicle.

The victim was 23-year old Matthew Denice, recent graduate from Framingham State University, who had just started a new job.

Matthew was riding his motorcycle, returning from helping a friend fix a car.

Suddenly, a pickup truck driven by Ecuadorian illegal alien Nicholas Dutan Guaman, driving drunk, without a license and registration, crashed into Matthew, who wound up stuck in the wheel well and was dragged screaming about a quarter of a mile. 

There were witnesses, some of whom banged on the moving vehicle to get the driver’s attention, but to no avail.

Eventually, Guaman shifted to reverse and drove away.  This action released Matthew, who died shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, Guaman was pursued and apprehended by police.

Guaman had been living illegally in the United States since 2002, but still didn’t speak English, so was provided with a Spanish-speaking court interpreter.

The problem is, Guaman apparently didn’t understand Spanish very well either. His native language was Quechua, a South American Indian language spoken in the Andes region.

The court found a Quechua speaker, but one who didn’t speak the same dialect of Quechua.

They finally settled on a translator who spoke a dialect of Spanish highly influenced by Quechua.

Eventually (in 2014) Guaman was convicted and sentenced to 12-14 years.

As for Governor Deval Patrick, did this tragedy change his mind about Secure Communities?

Not at all.  Patrick’s response: “You know, illegal immigration didn’t kill this person [Matthew], a drunk driver killed this person.”

Yes, but he was a drunk driver who shouldn’t have been in the country.

But as Maureen Maloney, Matthew’s mother, put it, “This person was an illegal immigrant, and if we had the Secure Communities Act in place, this person may not have had the opportunity to get drunk that day, to get behind the wheel of a car, to kill my child.”

(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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