'It's Not Worth It:' Parent of Child Killed by Illegal Immigrant Speaks Out
The father of a 21-year-old who was killed by an illegal immigrant in 2015 urged those who would justify sanctuary cities to recognize that such policies are bad for the country.
Grant Ronnebeck was killed just before 4am on January 22, 2015 during his overnight shift at his convenience store job in Mesa, Arizona.
Apolinar Altamirano, 29, entered the store, dumped some change on the counter and demanded cigarettes, but while Grant counted the change he pulled out a gun. Grant handed over the cigarettes, but that was not enough for Altamirano, who shot him in the face, killing him instantly.
"This isn't just a one time thing. It's not an isolated incident," Grant's father Steve said. "This is every day."
"Sanctuary cities is just inviting that crime to their neighborhoods, to their streets," Ronnebeck said. "They're inviting the chance for this to happen to their children."
"It's not worth it," Ronnebeck concluded.
The suspect had been charged with burglary in 2012 and was out on $10,000 ICE bond at the time he murdered Grant.
President Trump met with Steve and other families of victims Wednesday, promising justice and the passage of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which would put an end to sanctuary cities and Kate's law, which sets harsher punishments for illegal immigrant felons who re-enter the U.S.
"You lost the people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws," the president said.