During that period, he was convicted at least nine times on several serious felony charges. He was deported to Mexico by the feds at least three times and was "voluntarily returned" to Mexico at least four times without formal proceedings. Throughout 1998, the Border Patrol continued its blind catch-and-release policy -- apprehending Resendiz seven times and letting him go on his own recognizance despite his massive criminal record and three prior deportations. Shoddy fingerprint databases, immigration paperwork negligence and unpoliced borders led to:
-- The bludgeoning death of Florida teenager Jesse Howell and the rape and strangulation murder of his fiance, Wendy Von Huben.
-- The bludgeoning death of University of Kentucky student Christopher Maier and the rape and near-murder of his girlfriend, who survived the attack.
-- The murder of Leafie Mason, an elderly Texas woman whom Resendiz hammered to death with a fire iron.
-- The rape, stabbing and bludgeoning death of Baylor College of Medicine researcher Claudia Benton.
-- The sledgehammer bludgeonings of Texas pastor Norman Sirnic and his wife, Karen.
-- The bludgeoning death of Houston teacher Noemi Dominguez.
-- The murder of elderly Texas widow Josephine Konvicka, who was killed with a grubbing hoe.
-- The murders of George Morber, shot in the head, and Carolyn Frederick, clubbed to death.
The last four of Resendiz's victims were murdered after Resendiz had been released by federal immigration officials -- even though there were already warrants outstanding for his arrest.
Resendiz made a bloody mockery of our homeland security chaos. Congress and the White House are now preparing to add grave insult to fatal injury by refusing to fix the persistent problems that facilitated Resendiz's crimes.
Campaigning for amnesty this week, President Bush mouthed the open-borders mantra against tough deportation policies and lectured immigration enforcement advocates about their lack of sensitivity.
"I can understand it's emotional," he said, but "we're talking about human beings, decent human beings that need to be treated with respect."
I don't think the victims of "undocumented worker" Angel Resendiz would agree.
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