Grieving crusader against unlicensed drivers also pins deaths on illegal immigration

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The Star ran a story Sunday about Don Rosenberg, a Westlake Village man who embarked on a crusade against unlicensed drivers after his 25-year-old son was killed in a traffic accident in 2010. Here's some more information about his ordeal that will enhance the original article.

In February, Rosenberg dressed down the Los Angeles Police Commission for proposing to refuse to impound vehicles of unlicensed drivers.

"There's over a million unlicensed drivers in California, and they're killing people every day," he said.

"Almost all of them are illegal aliens," Rosenberg told immigration expert Michael Cutler in a May interview.

It doesn't take a leap of logic, then, to see that illegal aliens--some of whom who are learning how to drive "on the job" in California--are killing people every day.

After his son died, Rosenberg did some research and was "shocked" at what he found.

"All the killings, all the tragic accidents, and fifty or sixty thousand fender benders [were] caused by illegal drivers and nobody seemed to care," he said.

That understanding places Rosenberg--who describes himself as a "pretty far-to-the-left liberal"--at odds with the government and the media. He's testified against a bill from a Democratic legislator, called Jerry Brown's administration an "absolute disaster", and said the Los Angeles Times exhibited "a dereliction of their responsibility beyond belief."

"Even the newspapers never talk to the true victims" who lost loved ones or were badly injured, he said.

"They make the victims appear to be the illegal aliens."

Rosenberg's son was run over by man whose immigration status was in question. The Spanish language Hoy Los Angeles reported Roberto Galo was a "suspected illegal immigrant." However, according to the grieving father's story on, a police inspector originally told the family that the driver was an illegal immigrant, only to call back three days later and say he was in the country legally.

"I do not care if he's here legally or illegally, but he killed my son," Rosenberg has said.

Galo's immigration status notwithstanding, the passion surrounding the issue of unlicensed drivers is undoubtedly caused by frustration over the government's reluctance to enforce immigration laws.

When the Los Angeles Police Commission and Police Chief Charlie Beck appeared at a town hall event in Northridge, hundreds of people packed the room and one after another criticized LAPD's plan to not impound cars of unlicensed drivers. Rosenberg was one of them.

KTLA reported, "For many, this is clearly tied to illegal immigration."

When Rosenberg spoke about how his son died and against the policy for more than his allotted two minutes, the panel cut him off, leading to a dramatic confrontation.

"If you think this is fair you come down the road and you meet my son at the cemetery and you tell him that this is fair," he lectured. His voice shaking, he noted the irony the commission displayed.

"You're talking about violating the law but you won't allow your rules to be bent?"

Later that day, he told libertarian talk-radio hosts John and Ken that the commission's two-minute rule is "so sacrosanct, you can't break that" but they can ignore a law on the books that puts people's lives in danger without a second thought.

"I feel like I'm on another planet," he said.

When asked by a reporter what his son would think about the applause Rosenberg received from the crowd after his speech, he replied his son be satisfied because "he was in law school--he believed in the law."

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Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.