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See Over 200 'sanctuary cities' in 32 states and D.C. (July 8, 2015).
There is more to the cost of illegal immigrants than the death of Kathryn Steinle. And those stories are rarely covered by the media.
As one who suffered permanent, lifelong damage to my spine as the result of a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant under a deportation order dating back some 20 years, I know more about the disadvantages of a substantial illegal immigration population than I care to know!
Forty months after the accident (Yes, it took that long to bring my case to court!), the officer of the court uttered the following words just before ruling in my favor but for an amount that did not even begin to touch the medical bills which I had incurred since the accident : "The sympathies of the court lie with the poor immigrant. If the situation were reversed, he'd be taking you to the cleaner's." Then he pronounced the insult of an settlement amount and glibly said: "Now you can go on vacation."
I shouted: "This was never about going on vacation! This was about a man who ran a stop sign, rear-ended me, lied to the police officer at the scene, and didn't appear in court when summoned. He broke the law! I didn't! But I am the one being punished. This is not justice!"
I then stalked out of the room.
Even ten years later, I continue to get expensive medical treatment for my spinal injury. Furthermore, I cannot, since the accident, work the same amount of hours. Thus, I continue to incur medical bills, hire out housework which I can no longer do, and cope with a reduced income.
Sanctuary cities come at a very high cost — a cost which too goes unnoticed. Until those who haven't noticed are directly affected themselves.