When the names were released, it struck me that our anti-Mexican former President Trump and his anti-immigrant adviser Stephen Miller must be shocked. Five of the dead were either immigrants or the progeny of immigrants from Mexico and Central America, as indicated in this list:
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, California
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyoming
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. DylanR. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Indiana
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Missouri
Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
Granted that this is a small sample of those serving in the U.S. military, but America’s growing Hispanic population suggests our heroes will increasingly have Spanish surnames. They’re anything but the “criminals and rapists” that Trump warned of, or the “invaders” that Tucker Carlson cites on Fox News.
Note that Trump (remember the “bone spurs”), Miller and Carlson never served in the armed forces, although they are quick to criticize as “woke” or “losers” those who do if it’s politically convenient.
The Marines who gave their lives in Kabul were real Americans. Trump and his acolytes are not.
I am proud of all who were there working for and defending freedom. I am proud of these “paisanos” of mine who were all young enough to be my grandkids. I am proud of these people because they stepped up to serve above and beyond.