Last Thursday, Gloria Lopez filed a lawsuit against the Village of Carpentersville. The complaint alleges that anti-immigration sentiment by the village had lead to the failure of paramedics taking her baby to the hospital. Her baby now suffers from brain damage. The complaint can be found here, as well as another perspective to the issues by Carpentersville Action Network where you can find up to date information of the ongoing debates.
Some of you may want to go back and read my first post to this blog The Immigration Debate: Carpentersville, IL Setting Its Stage for some background and to see just how passionate the different sides can get in regards to this issue. While the incident took place on September 18, 2006, before the Illegal Alien Immigration Relief Act was actually brought before the Carpentersville board of trustees, the issue certainly was allready being discussed and heatedly being debated during the same period. This September 28, 2006 article is pretty damning when it comes to one village trustees sentiment in regard to illegal immigrants:
“It’s not about race. It’s about illegal aliens. It’s about overcrowding in homes. It’s about the rising cost in medical and education,” said Village Trustee Judith Sigwalt. “It’s as plain as the nose on our faces. You know the law is the law.”
It goes even further than that as you can see here:
Sarto said the incident allegedly occurred around the time trustees began debating what to do with $250,000 in unpaid municipal ambulance bills and whether these calls involved illegal immigrants.
“I remember seeing Hispanic names on that list and Anglo names,” Sarto said. “We wrote off the bills.”
So here we sit a year later and while Carpentersville has not enacted the ordinance it is still being debated and part of the ordinance which makes English the official language of Carpentersville has actually been made an ordinance. We also now have a brain damaged child and we have to ask ourselves if this anti-illegal immigration sentiment by the village is the cause for this child’s brain damage. Moreso, we have to ask ourselves as a nation – regardless of where we stand on this issue – is this acceptable? Is brain damage an acceptable effect – an effect to an innocent child who had no choice of crossing the border (and btw – we don’t even know that his family is illegal).
I’d really like to hear from those that support the illegal alien ordinances that have been going up around the country: Let’s for one moment say that this truely is caused by these sentiments, let’s put aside the let’s see what happens and just say that it is – is it worth it?