The granddaughter of a 92-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in New York City by an illegal immigrant who had been shielded from deportation pinned her death on the city’s sanctuary policy in an emotional speech on Friday, saying her death could have been avoided if the controversial policy was not in place.
“The tragedy in all of this is the fact that this could have been avoided, had there been no sanctuary law,” Daria Ortiz said. “The tragedy is my grandmother is not ever going to be here again.”
President Trump invited Ortiz, the granddaughter of Maria Fuertes, up to speak at the event at the National Border Patrol Council. Ortiz struggled through tears as she paid tribute to her grandmother as a “shining example of when people come legally to this country, work hard, and do the right thing and are law-abiding citizens.”
An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Fuertes “raised her children and her grandchildren while working hard to give us a future,” Ortiz said.
Reeaz Khan, an illegal Guyanese immigrant, is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Fuertes last month. Fuertes was reportedly found at