Friday, March 2, 2007


Another reminder that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime was the death of 20-year-old Natalie Housand. A resident of Tabor City, North Carolina, Natalie worked as a nursing assistant as she pursued her RN degree. She was killed Dec. 19, 2004, by Jose Jesus Garcia Lopez, when an SUV driven by him struck her car as he swerved into her lane. Lopez, an illegal alien, testified at trial that he was too drunk to remember the head-on collision that killed Natalie Housand. A witness said that Lopez' vehicle was traveling at 100 mph and that the SUV's brake lights never went on. Lopez was convicted May 26 of involuntary manslaughter plus assault with a deadly weapon, and will serve a maximum of 81 months in prison. Natalie's family and friends put together a remembrance website to celebrate her all-too-brief life, filled with photos and loving tributes.

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