by Kevin “Coach” Collins
On the evening of April 17, 2009, the real meaning of what Barack Obama’s call for shared sacrifice was forced on the families of Leigh Anna Jimmerson and Tad Mattle, a 19-year-old from Huntsville, Alabama, any family would be proud to claim. Tad was more than a typical teenager. Leigh Anna was Tad’s girlfriend. (Family and friends said they were a great couple.) Tad was an Eagle Scout who planned to attend the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship. If ever there were a young man with his whole life in front of him, it was Tad Mattle.
That changed forever around 9 p.m. on that spring night as Tad and Leigh Anna, a high school sophomore, were stopped at a light in their hometown of Huntsville. Suddenly, they were dead. A drunken illegal alien traveling approximately 70 miles per hour slammed into the rear end of Tad’s car, causing the two to burn to death.
The other driver was Felix Ortega, a criminal who sneaked into our country. He was leading police in a high speed chase through crowded city streets. His blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal level, and he had three prior drunk driving arrests under three different phony names. This upstanding example of humanity survived the crash.
That night the Mattle and Jimmerson families learned firsthand about Barack Obama’s call for “shared sacrifice.” Spurred on by this ugly episode, the state of Alabama has acted to protect its citizens with what is being called the toughest anti-illegal immigration law in the country.
A law such as this one could not sail into implementation without opposition, even in the deep Red South. Not surprisingly the religious community in Alabama has voiced its antipathy toward this hardline stance. Alabama’s bishops are unified in an effort to roll it back — and of course, they are joined by the ACLU.
Their opposition begs a few questions: Do the lives of these “objectors” bring them into contact with the criminals they are beating their breasts to protect? Are they being threatened everyday by violent thugs who laugh at our police? Are any of them in danger of losing their jobs or livelihood to an illegal alien?
Do they think the only human faces in this debate belong to the illegal aliens we don’t want in our midst? Or are they the only ones who count?
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This article originally appeared on CoachIsRight.com and is reprinted with permission.