On Feb. 11, at 12:20 a.m., just 24 1/2 hours after her 34th birthday, Los Angeles Police Officer Tina Zapata Kerbrat died. She died while trying to protect the people of Los Angeles by making their streets safe. She died while serving all the people of Los Angeles without regard for their race, nationality, creed, religion, age, sex or their status of residency in this country. She died without warning; without reason. She died when a drunken illegal immigrant from El Salvador walked up to her police car and shot her point-blank in the face with a .357-magnum pistol.
Tina Kerbrat's death followed by four months and two days the death of Detective Russell Kuster. Like Tina, Russ died without warning; without reason. He died when a drunken illegal immigrant from Hungary began waving a loaded gun at him and other patrons in a restaurant and shot him several times at very close range.
To its credit, the Los Angeles Hungarian community did not choose to rally behind a cop-killer and claim that criticism of him was an affront to all Hungarians. To the contrary, Hungary rejected Bela Marko. Hungarians did not want him in their country either. Because Hungary would not take him back, our immigration system shamefully allowed him to stay here. The shame of the United States' immigration system failure continues. Instead of addressing the problem, too many demand apologies from the too few who dare allude to the criminal element among our undocumented residents as being undesirables who should be deported.