Last week, Maureen Maloney, a Boston mother of a young man who was tragically killed by an illegal alien was booed while she testified about the death of her son Matthew Denice in front of the Massachusetts legislature. Maloney was expressing her opposition to allowing illegal aliens to be granted drivers licenses.
Matthew Denice was 23 years old when a drunk-driving illegal with a criminal history hit him while he was driving his motorcycle. The 23-year-old was struck by a pickup truck that was driven by Nicolas Guaman, a 34-year old, drunk, illegal alien from Equador. Denice was entangled in the pickup truck’s wheel well and dragged about a quarter-mile to his death. The driver, whose 6-year-old son was in the truck with him when he hit and drug Denise for a quarter of a mile, did not stop.
Guaman was only sentenced 12-14 years for his crime. Maloney and her son have been permanently separated.
The Boston Herald reports that Maloney told them she prayed on the way to the State Capitol for her testimony:
“I was just asking him to guide me with my testimony and help me to not have anger in my heart towards the other side,” said Maloney, whose son, Matthew Denice, was dragged to death. “Just do some work through me, use me to try to save other lives.”
At the start of her testimony, Maloney held up a photo of Matthew and recalled how he was killed by an illegal immigrant drunk behind the wheel. About halfway into her 3 minutes of testimony, a man behind Maloney booed the grieving mother.
“It just made me more determined,” said Maloney, who called the heckling disrespectful.
Maloney said she didn’t respond to the heckler and kept speaking.
“I don’t want other people to lose their lives like Matthew did,” Maloney said. “I don’t want other families to go through the heartache that my family deals with. And that’s where I get the strength and the stamina to keep doing this.”
Wednesday’s hearing was packed mostly with supporters of the bill, Maloney said, and illegal immigrants testified in favor of it.
“Going to hearings like this, talking about it, opens up the wounds and it’s painful,” Maloney said. “And hearing them talk about their fear of separation and I’m sitting there thinking, ‘I have been permanently separated. This is the ultimate permanent separation.’ They’re afraid they’ll be deported but they can take their kids with them or their kids can go visit them. I don’t have that option.”
You can see Maureen Maloney tell her powerful and heartbreaking story at a Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities event in May 2017:
Maloney’s testimony is heartbreaking. Do you agree with her that her son is dead because politicians put illegal aliens before American citizens?