Jamiel’s Law referred to committee, gets cosponsors

Rep. Steve King with Jamiel Shaw Sr.

Rep. Steve King (right) added his name as co-sponsor of a bill named for the son of Jamiel Shaw, Sr. (left) who was murdered by a Mexican national subject to deportation. (photo via Rep. King/Facebook)

By Kay B. Day

“It was an honor to have Jamiel Shaw speak at Conservative Opportunity Society and share his story of his 17 year old son, Jamiel Shaw II, being murdered by an illegal alien the very day after that illegal alien was released from jail. What a powerful and personal testimony from Mr. Shaw today on why Obama’s amnesty is so dangerous.”—Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) via Facebook

H.R. 1041, The Jamiel Shaw, II Memorial Act of 2015, now has new cosponsors and has been referred to a committee, offering a glimmer of hope to the family whose son was killed execution-style for no reason other than the murderer decided to kill. 

The law is named for a teen who was gunned down by a Mexican national brought to the US when he was a child. Pedro Espinoza gunned Jamiel down in cold blood. The prosecution claimed the killer committed murder because of his gang affiliation.

Jamiel, however, had no gang affiliations.

Had he not killed someone, Espinoza technically would fall into President Barack Obama’s political hodgepodge politicians call “DREAMers.” Espinoza had just been released from jail when he decided to kill Jamiel as the high school student walked in his neighborhood towards home.

After he was convicted, Espinoza was not repentant. He vowed, according to The L.A. Times, “loudly and profanely” he wouldn’t pay restitution ordered by the court. Espinoza’s behavior was an affront to Jamiel’s family—it was actually an affront to decency in general:

“‘He needs the death penalty, to sit on death row for the rest of his life until he dies,’ the father said, angrily pointing a finger at Espinoza. ‘And from that day on, he can rot in hell.’

That prompted a broad smile from Espinoza, who turned to face Jamiel Shaw Sr. and defiantly smirked at him until the victim’s father had returned to his seat in the audience.”

Espinoza received the death penalty for his crime. Federal authorities expressed no interest in hate crime charges although the potential was certainly there.

At present law enforcement agencies don’t communicate formally when criminals are released into a community. The Dept. of Homeland Security has acknowledged challenges in dealing with foreign nationals who are criminals. There is no database states share with the federal government when such crimes are committed. No federal agency formally compiles data on all crimes committed by foreign nationals at various levels. Jamiel’s Law would address that gap.

The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). Efforts had been made for such a bill before, but this is the first time such a bill has a chance, albeit small, of passage.

Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) have signed on as cosponsors. One cosponsor withdrew his name, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), and the bill has just been referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Jamiel’s father, Jamiel Shaw, Sr., and his mother who serves in the US Army and was in Iraq when her son was murdered, have pushed for passage of the bill. Jamiel was only 17 when he was killed, and he had a bright future ahead of him.

The 18th Street gang Espinoza belongs to is known for having members who are both US citizens and foreign nationals. Current federal policy appears to tolerate gangs with foreign nationals even if they are violent.

One organization does maintain information about Americans who are murdered by foreign nationals in the country illegally. The victims span different races and nationalities, and some victims are immigrants. The Remembrance Project works to raise awareness of the price we pay for an open borders policy that largely benefits corporate interests allied with the government, human traffickers, drug cartels, human smugglers, and money launderers as well as those who come here to intentionally commit fraud. The group is funded by private donations.

In a single two year period, The L.A. Times said, [P]olice and immigration officials have identified 20,000 illegal immigrants in Southern California jails between December 2006 and January 2008.” No federal or state agency publishes information about taxpayer costs for incarcerating foreign nationals.

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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