Mary Ann Mendoza has been a real trooper to keep her son’s memory alive, along with reminding the public of the preventable nature of the crime that killed him. Sergeant Brandon Mendoza of the Mesa AZ Police was on his way home from work when his car was hit head-on by a drunk illegal Mexican who had driven 35 miles the wrong way on the highway. The alien had been previously arrested for burglary and assaulting a policeman in Colorado, but was not deported. Mary Ann Mendoza was so angered at having her son’s life stolen that she wrote a letter to President Obama.
Mary Ann Mendoza appeared on Fox News on Saturday morning to discus Trump’s approach to the issue. She supports his strategy of taxing remittances — something I suggested in a 2002 op-ed (Relieve crisis on border with tax on remittances, Houston Chronicle, 12/3/02). Another program she backs is a fund to assist families who have lost a loved one to illegal alien crime, because now they get nothing and the lawbreakers get all sorts of help.
Of course, the best policy for illegal aliens is to keep them out in the first place.
TUCKER CARLSON: Mary Ann Mendoza’s son, police sergeant Brendan Mendoza was killed by an illegal immigrant in 2014, and she supports Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, but will the presumptive nominee change his position once he heads into the general election? Mary Ann Mendoza joins us now to discuss. Mary Ann, it’s nice to see you this morning. So Donald Trump is under pressure from the left of course, but also from the establishment of his own party to stop talking about the border issue. They think it’s divisive; he’s been attacked as a nativist for even bringing this up. What’s your view?
MARY ANN MENDOZA: My view is that I believe that illegal immigration is at the core of a lot of the problems that the United States is facing today — overload on our health system, overload on our welfare system, the schools, and not to mention the illegal crime that happens on a daily basis.
HEATHER NAUERT: Some are saying that we we simply couldn’t possibly build a wall, that we wouldn’t have the money to do it, that we don’t have the political will to do it. What do you say to those?
MENDOZA: Well we know Mr. Trump has stated that he would put a remittance fee on the money that is going back over the border to other countries, not only Mexico, there’s illegal immigration from many countries around this world, and I think the public would be pretty surprised at how much money goes back over the border to these other countries. So if there’s a fee that is put on that, the wall could be built. I have no doubt that it could be.
And you know nobody understands the devastation that illegal crime brings to a family more than any of us, the group of us who are in the Remembrance Project. If the public only knew — it’s not only the death but it’s the grieving process afterward, to the funeral costs, it’s everything that we’ve asked Mr. Trump to stand up for for us, and provide a fund that would allow American families affected by illegal crime to have something to go to, because the illegals have legal representation provided for them, they have free medical care, they have everything that Americans hit by illegal crime do not. And he has agreed to set up a fund if he becomes the next President of the United States to help American families through this devastating time.
CARLSON: So when you hear Donald Trump talk about what happened to your son or to the other Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants, and you hear him derided as a racist for talking about it, people say you’re you’re blowing it out of proportion — how does that make you feel?
MENDOZA: Until you’re affected by it, you will never know the devastation that it brings, and I’m sorry, but I hear on a daily basis the illegals that come back over the border, they’re back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and the crimes they are committing, and they are rapists, and they are murderers, and they are drug dealers, and they’re all of the things that he has described. Yes, there are some good people who come here, I understand that, but why are we inviting more criminals to come into this country and kill Americans is the issue.
NAUERT: Mary Ann, tell us about your son — such a handsome young man. He served our country as a police officer. Tell us more.
MENDOZA: Yes, his two-year anniversary of his death is coming up this Thursday, May 12, and he worked tirelessly in an area of south Mesa to get a park cleaned up for the community, and he fought very very hard for all new playground equipment and promised the children a ball field which they renamed in his honor. It’s going to be rededicated this Thursday in his name because all of the improvements have been finished by the city of Mesa — dugouts, backstop, bleachers, lights. There are security cameras, his badge number’s on the security cameras as a memorial to him, and this is a good-cop story that America needs to hear because my son was an incredible, intricate part of a community and it’s been a devastating loss not only for me personally, but for our community.
CARLSON: Mary Ann Mendoza joining us live this morning — thanks a lot.