Published March 30, 2017
Ten years after his daughter and another young girl were murdered by an illegal immigrant drunk driver, Ray Tranchant thinks justice might finally be coming to Virginia Beach, Va.
Alfredo Ramos had been arrested at least twice for alcohol issues before killing Tessa Tranchant, 16, and Allison Kunhardt, 17, but Ramos was not turned over to immigration officers and deported. Now, with President Trump in office, and Monday’s announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening sanctions for cities that shield illegal immigrants, Tranchant sees a new era dawning.
“This isn’t hard,” Tranchant told “Fox & Friends.” “If you’re in a city and you could have a criminal and he doesn’t speak English and haul him off to jail, it isn’t hard to dial the number to ICE and get a background check, and it eventually takes you off the sanctuary city list. I don’t know why the larger cities like Chicago that have 30,000 illegal aliens think that that makes their city better and safer. I just can’t, for the life of me, figure that out.”
Tranchant met during the presidential campaign with Trump, who often pointed to “Angel” parents who had lost children due to the actions of illegal immigrants.
“I think it’s his number one priority and why he got elected,” Tranchant said. “People see that these sanctuary cities as being unsafe.”
It was ten years ago on Thursday that Tessa and Allison, wearing seatbelts and stopped at a stoplight, were rear-ended and killed by Ramos, who was sentenced to a 24-year prison term with a suspended portion. Ramos will be shipped back to Mexico at the end of the sentence and, if he returns to the U.S. again, would be forced to serve an additional 16 years behind bars.
Tranchant said he doesn’t understand why “sanctuary cities” are tolerated for illegal immigrants when other illegal behavior would never inspire a city to shield criminals.
“If they had sanctuary, the Arabs could do their Sharia Law,” Tranchant said. “South of Chicago there was 700-800 murders and they could be anonymous and we wouldn’t know whether they’re in the city or not. It doesn’t make sense.”