Who elected this guy? Try some compassion instead of immigration politics
October 8, 2006
Dear Mr. Schultheis:
It always puzzles me how some people can become elected leaders. What were the voters thinking? Do they REALLY know what kind of idiot they elected?
Let me tell you about a story this week:
Monday afternoon, what would become one of Weld County's worst accidents, a 17-year-old girl ran a stop sign on a country road and a large pickup truck demolished her car.
She's still trying to stay alive in the hospital. And today, they are burying her two little brothers and her 3-month-old baby.
The family donated their children's organs to other children so they can live.
They don't have much money, and through the Community Foundation here in Greeley, donations have been pouring in for this family.
Thursday, the family asked that all the financial donations go directly to Children's Hospital in Denver where two of the children died, or to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley where the girl is still in intensive care.
The family doesn't want the money themselves but they know the hospitals need it.
They asked that the Tribune cover the funeral, so their daughter in the hospital will have something to keep for a memory.
Then, Mr. State Legislature, you sent an e-mail:
Just finished reading your article today "Greeley Family Copes ..." This is a horrible tragedy.
My questions to you are: Was the driver properly licensed? Was the vehicle properly registered and insured? Why aren't these facts part of your published article?
Was this person the child of parents in the U.S. illegally? Or was she here illegally?
I am extremely concerned with the dramatic rise in crime caused by those illegally in this country over the past 10-15 years or so. Why is it that the investigative reports we read in the papers and see on TV do not point out the fact that these accidents and the resulting cost to taxpayers (hospitalization, etc.) are a direct result of our lax immigration policies and enforcement?
Representative Dave Schultheis, HD 14
Schultheis for Senate District. 9
Colorado Springs, CO. 80919
Gee. Thanks Dave.
Thanks for being so compassionate.
We're all concerned about illegal immigrants. We're all concerned about people sneaking into our country, both from the South and North borders, and the coasts for that matter.
We know you decided to write your e-mail because the family's name is "Bustillos." You know. One of those foreign names. Certainly not an American name.
Mr. Representative, you remind me of that group of wackos from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., who pickets funerals of soldiers killed in action. To you, it apparently doesn't matter that three children died and a fourth may never recover. Your questions focus on whether they belong in our country.
By the way, the car was properly licensed, insured, titled. Two of the three kids who died were born in America, just like you. I don't know if the parents are "legal." The police don't know either, but the family has lived and worked here at least 12 years. Too bad you weren't here, Dave, to interrupt their grieving to ask for proof of citizenship.
But then, take a look at your name, Mr. Schultheis. Are we sure that's really an American name? Doesn't sound like it to me. Sounds foreign.
Maybe we should check your family background and see if your ancestors actually came to this country legally. Do you have a REAL driver's license? Do you have insurance?
That's the trouble with a lot of those Schultheises. They come into our country and use our hospitals and schools, and then they don't pay any taxes to support our country.
Where do you live, anyway?
Maybe we can put a big fence around your house just to keep you away from the rest of us real Americans.
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