Lest we forget why cracking down on illegal immigration ought to remain one of the nation's top priorities, here are just a few news stories from this past week to remind you, especially in the wake of Kate Steinle's murder, how frequently these entirely preventable crimes occur.
- On Monday afternoon Juan Razo murdered a 60-year-old woman, tried to kill another woman, and attempted to rape his teenager niece in Painesville, Ohio. Police had confronted Razo, who was spotted in a suspicious vehicle, earlier this month, during which time he admitted to being in the country illegally. Deputies then called U.S. Border Patrol, but the agency didn’t respond to take him into custody since he had no known criminal record. Thus, the officers could not hold him.
- In North Carolina, police arrested Jose Orlando Garcia for kidnapping a 6-year-old girl with the intention of raping her. According to the report, ‘Garcia grabbed the girl by the arm, opened a window to a vacant apartment and forced her through a window against her will.’ The illegal immigrant was charged with breaking and entering, abduction of a child, first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child.
- In Texas, a 16-year-old Mexican national who admitted to being in the country illegally was arrested on Saturday after he set a police patrol car on fire, aimed a rifle at an officer, and led them on a 35-minute car chase during which time he swerved at two motorcycle officers who were escorting a funeral, striking one of them. He told officers his actions were retaliation for ‘his people’ and called the incident a ‘war against the government’ “because the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is always sending Mexicans back to Mexico for no reason, when those immigrants are the ones doing all the work here in the U.S.,” thefacts.com reported. He was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon; possession of a controlled substance; evading arrest with a vehicle; and arson.
- For many youths who fled gang violence and poverty in Central America, the future may not be so bright for them here—and it will be even worse for American citizens. According to authorities, in two counties in Long Island, New York, gangs associated with MS-13 are actively recruiting ‘the more than 3,000 migrant children younger than 18 who have recently settled in the area.’ Hear that? Thousands of potential new gang members. Great.