The Remembrance Project - Bringing a voice to Americans killed by illegal aliens

By Maria Espinoza, Director, The Remembrance Project
Published in The Social Contract
Volume 23, Number 1 (Fall 2012)
Issue theme: "Victims of Immigration"

Jim Binger visits his daughter, Brittany, each week. He takes flowers to her and stays to talk for a bit. Jim and his wife, Joann, have been making these weekly visits to a daughter they love for seven years and seven months.

What happened on January 5, 2005, to a 16-year-old girl and Jim’s only surviving child (earlier, a daughter died from a congenital heart defect) will not soon be forgotten by the shocked residents of James City, Virginia. Brittany Binger was brutally beaten, raped, and murdered that night. So brutally, in fact, that she could only be identified by her dental records. An illegal alien, connected to this vicious crime through irrefutable DNA, was arrested, and for now, resides comfortably in a Virginia hospital for the criminally insane. Justice is neither swift nor fair in this case, as Jim awaits the case’s second judge’s determination on whether Oswaldo Martinez, now 41 years old, is competent to stand trial as an illiterate, deaf mute from El Salvador. (The previous judge, now retired, had considered releasing this suspected killer for deportation due to his “inability to participate in his own defense.”) As is so often the case, we also learned that the alleged killer had been previously arrested for DUI, driving without a license, and possessing a fraudulent Social Security number, offenses for which he should have been deported. Sadly for the Bingers, nothing was done and he was released back into the community, to continue to live with his illegal alien brother and work as a laborer for a local employer.

Today, a new judge presides over the case and Mr. and Mrs. Binger eagerly wait for the day they obtain justice for Brittany. Over a recent breakfast, Jim told me that all that really matters is that one day he can visit Brittany’s gravesite and tell her, “We got him, sweetie.” And…begin the long-delayed healing process.

And there is the November 16, 2010, case of the murder of Joshua Wilkerson, an 18-year-old high school senior from Pearland, Texas. Giving an acquaintance a ride home from school, the illegal alien allegedly beat, strangled, burned, and dumped Joshua’s body in a nearby ditch. As in the Binger case, the alleged killer, Hermelio Moralez of Belize, should have been in custody that November day. The records show that just a few days before the Wilkerson murder, the alleged killer was standing in front of a judge for another crime, but was released!

Compounding these tragedies, one elected official shamelessly went so far as to blame the victim. Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker stated to me during a recent “3 Minutes with the Mayor” that the death of Officer Rodney Johnson, shot several times in the back of the head by an apprehended illegal alien, was the officer’s fault for not conducting a more thorough search of the suspect. We, at The Remembrance Project, (and we believe that most rational people would agree), contend that if the illegal alien was not in the country, Officer Johnson would most likely still be alive, with his loving wife and five children who miss him daily. It is this warped-minded thinking exemplified by Mayor Parker that adds to the families’ tragedies.

Thousands of similar stories of loss, suffering, and injustice being perpetrated upon our American families can be readily found all across the United States, from the West Coast to the East Coast, in the Great Plains and along the Great Lakes, at the border and in the heartlands. No one is immune to the illegal who drives wildly drunk, or the wanna-be gang-banger who needs to machete innocent citizens to gain entry and respect into the Latino or other gangs. We have uncovered the fact that Americans are under assault, a fact under-reported by the press, and unconnected by our elected leaders at all levels of government. Sanctuary cities, unsecured communities, human trafficking, molestations of our children, are all part of the vernacular of this disease that illegal immigration speaks, and must be addressed now! Each of us should ask: “What is it about a government that neither cares about protecting its citizens, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, nor wants the public to know just how many of our citizens are being killed each day by these U.S. invaders?” It is estimated that 25 Americans or legal residents die each day at the hands of illegal aliens [source:]. We must demand justice for American citizens, not “social justice” for illegals. Insist that our elected officials remember that “We, the People,” not the illegal aliens, are their constituents. And that the racism perpetrated by illegal invaders upon Americans of all ethnic backgrounds is real. Common sense in upholding the law, not sensitivity to lawbreakers, must be foremost in the minds and souls of our elected officials.

Finally, there is a solution, and it rests, as usual, with all of us. At The Remembrance Project, through our Stolen Lives Quilt initiative, we will continue to expose the truth about the magnitude of lives so often stolen from our families, our friends, our communities, and our nation. The Quilt is bringing a visual image showing the faces of our many precious stolen lives, and is dedicated to remembering and honoring their lives. Together, with the help of concerned citizens from all 50 states, we will bring a solidarity of determination to this country that will result in a unified scream of “ Stop the Killing,” protect our sacred borders, deny social benefits to illegal aliens and their families, and impose strict penalties upon employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. We must remember, we are a nation of laws, and if these laws are ignored, the result will be a continued assault upon our families, our society, and ultimately our freedoms that so may have given their lives to protect.

At a special event in Houston, Texas, on October 16, 2012, The Remembrance Project will hold a memorial for American victims of illegal alien killings from all 50 states. If anyone has information about such killings in their state, please contact us at director @ TheRemembranceProject . org.

About the author

Maria Espinoza is a co-founder of The Remembrance Project, an organization dedicated to informing the public of the terrible tragedies caused by illegal alien criminals. One initiative of The Remembrance Project is the Stolen Lives Quilt, which serves as a civic reminder of the deadly consequences of unsecured borders.

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