Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa


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Congressman King’s Remarks at Launch of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime

Jun 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video of remarks he delivered at an event today announcing the launch of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), a new 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting American safety and security. AVIAC was founded by families who have been victimized by illegal alien crime. Joining King at today’s event were Don Rosenberg, Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, Michelle Root, Maureen Maloney, and Brian McCann. Congressman King was introduced by AVIAC’s Niles Barnhart, who described him as “a man of principle; a man of compassion; a true patriot who isn’t afraid to tell the truth and fight for what’s right: protecting each and every American life.”

“In the effort to restore the Rule of Law, these families are the equivalent of Gold Star Families,” said King. “They’ve lost their loved ones because we didn’t do our job of enforcing the law.”

Don Rosenberg’s 25 year old son, Drew, was killed by an illegal alien from Honduras who had been granted temporary immigration status. Mary Ann Mendoza’s 32 year old son, Brandon, was killed by a drunk driving illegal alien who had been in the country for over 20 years. Sabine Durben’s 30 year old son, Dominic, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an illegal alien from Guatemala who had two previous convictions for driving under the influence. Michelle Root’s 21 year old daughter, Sarah, was killed by an illegal alien drunk driver from Honduras who had a history of prior run-ins with law enforcement. Maureen Maloney’s 23 year old son, Matthew, was killed by an illegal alien from Ecuador. Brian McCann’s 70 year old brother, Denny, was killed when he was run over by an illegal alien from Mexico with a felony history while crossing the street.

Sarah Root’s death led Congressman King to introduce “Sarah’s Law,” legislation that is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week. “Sarah’s Law” requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of illegal aliens charged in the United States with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. A related King bill, “Kate’s Law,” is also expected to pass the House of Representatives this week. “Kate’s Law”, which amends federal law to impose a sentencing enhancement for any illegal reentry offense, was introduced in response to the killing of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien who had been deported multiple times.

To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

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