Off the Record

Greta: Don't forget there are great immigrants who come here

'Off the Record,' 7/8/15: The murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal who was deported five times is horrifying, and as we shine the spotlight on illegal immigration, let's not forget about the great people who come to America


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record" for a minute. Thirty-two-year-old Kate Steinle's murder by a man illegally in this country after five deportations and seven felonies is horrifying. And the agony for the family is indescribable. This has sparked a debate for illegals here in the U.S. But as we beg our leaders to fix our broken system - that's their job - I don't want to ignore the thousands of great men, women and children who come here from other countries. 

Over the Fourth of July, I was in Alaska, with Reverend Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse, for Operation Heal Our Patriots, a program to help severely injured vets and their spouses. I met many heroes, including this man, former Navy combat medic, Wilson Ospina. He has severely injured traumatic brain injury. I asked him why he joined the U.S. military:


PETTY OFFICER WILSON OSPINA, FORMER U.S. NAVY FMF CORPSMAN: I'm a first generation immigrant. My family came in 1984 from Colombia. And I - - after the bombing, I figured it was a good way for me to pay back the opportunity my family had to it set roots in this beautiful country. And that's why I came.

VAN SUSTEREN: And by bombing, you mean 9/11?

OSPINA: 9/11.


So as we begin this heated dialogue about immigration, legal and illegal, don't forget the many great immigrants and heroes like Wilson. 

For more of our interview with this brave veteran, go to That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.