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Guatemalan immigrant gives life to stop home invasion in Washington, D.C.

In the bitter debate over immigration reform in the United States, the everyday people who live and work at the crossroads of the issue are often overlooked or forgotten. Which is why the story of Jose Rosales, an immigrant from Guatemala, is so deserving of our attention.

Gunmen shot and killed Rosales on Monday during a home invasion attempt at the residence where he worked as a handyman in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reports that as two men entered the garage of the Brar family home, Rosales stood between the attackers and his employers and said: "Get away from my brother and my mom."

Rosales wrestled a weapon away from one of the attackers, and when the other turned his gun on the Brar matriarch, Rosales released the gun he had nabbed. The attackers then killed him and fled the scene.

"He is a hero," said a police officer in Fairfax County, Va. Speaking to a local newscast, a family member said: "The world needs more people like Jose Rosales."

Rosales, 39, was a devout Christian and accomplished guitar player. He sent money regularly to Guatemala to help his two sons and ailing mother, and told friends that he one day wished to return to Guatemala to build a home and resume his family's tradition of farming.

Jose Rosales, who lived in the U.S. for eight years, will now be returned to Guatemala for burial.

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

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pues que trizte lo que paso con esta persona, pero su vida no la dio en vano, puesto que saqlvo a sus seres queridos, y eso es lo que hace un heroe, aunque no era correcto que muriera , pero el destino ya lo tenia marcado. yo tambien soy guatemalteco y no sotros por nuestra naturaleza de ayuedar a la gente que lo necesita no dudamos en ayudar a otros sin importar lo que nos llegue a pasar, y asi como el existen muchos otros, y me atrevo a decir que yo soy uno de ellos.

Posted by: Kristian | May 20, 2010 at 03:50 PM

This is a sad loss. I don't see how it has any bearing on the illegal immigration debate. Let us not be confused. We are not having a debate on legal immigration, it is what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants that are here and how to prevent more people from coming here illegally in the future.

There is no need to drag this poor mans name in to the debate. His actions deserve to stand on their own, not as some back drop to the illegal immigration debate.

Answer: Because its affecting us legal, law-abidding, educated and uneducated but peaceful, hard working people.
That's why.


I hope Brewer, Pearce, Arpaio, McCain, Kyl and of course her royal Tea Party Queen, and Brewer's BFF, Sarah Palin are aware of this tragic event. They always paint immigrants with negativity and are using the fear factor to advance their agenda, not to mention political goals.

"Immigrant"? Legal or Illegal???

Rex, no one believes all immigrants are criminals. That's a stupid comment. Most Americans are in favor of immigrants and legal immigration. The debate is over illegal immigrants. I agree this is a very sad story and Rosales is a hero, but this has nothing to do with the debate over illegal immigration.

What a sad story, this flies in the face of all those who think or believe that all immigrants are crimminals. The law enforcement numbers don't lie.

Why do you not mention how many Immigrants? are committing capital crimes?

Tell that to the RACIST republicans most of them are no doubt about it.

This is a sad loss. I don't see how it has any bearing on the illegal immigration debate. Let us not be confused. We are not having a debate on legal immigration, it is what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants that are here and how to prevent more people from coming here illegally in the future.

There is no need to drag this poor mans name in to the debate. His actions deserve to stand on their own, not as some back drop to the illegal immigration debate.


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