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High Schooler Shot Dead by Illegal Immigrant

On October 4th, police found the body of Diana Martinez-Gonzalez in the woods near Greenville, South Carolina. The 18 year old had just started her junior year at Greenville High School. An illegal immigrant shot and killed her.

Daniel De Jesus Rangel Sherrer, age 19, believed that Martinez-Gonzalez had spread some sort of rumor about him. He chased her down, shot her, and left her to die in the woods. Officials say that he also held another victim against her will, but that the second victim managed to escape.

Perpetrator Here Illegally

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed to the public that Sherrer, a Mexican national, illegally immigrated to the United States. ICE has issued a detainer for him, which may lead to deportation. Sherrer confessed immediately when approached by deputies, and a judge denied him bond.

Sherrer believed that his victim had been spreading rumors about him, and he killed her as an act of revenge. He will remain in jail before his court hearing. Diana Martinez-Gonzalez leaves behind her parents, a brother, and a sister.

 

Illegal Immigrant Kills 3, Gets Shockingly Light Sentence

Courtney Hacking’s life changed forever on March 31, 2016. That day, Margarito Quintero-Rosales drove his vehicle head-on into her family’s car. The collision killed her husband, Peter, and their children, Ellie and Grayson.

Quintero-Rosales is an illegal immigrant. He did not hold a driver’s license on the day he made Courtney Hacking a widow. Quintero-Rosales fell asleep at the wheel, and then swerved into the Hackings’ car.

In contrast to his killer, Peter Hacking was a volunteer firefighter who immigrated to the United States legally from the United Kingdom.

An Insulting Sentence

Last week, Quintero-Rosales plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide. The Texas court sentenced him to serve two years in prison. Courtney Hacking felt betrayed by the justice system. Days ago, she told Fox & Friends, “To me, being illegal in this country was a crime on its own, so I don’t understand how he did get only two years. To me, I take it offensively. I take it personally.”

 

Four months from now, Rosales will walk free from prison. (He has been incarcerated since the accident). On that day, Courtney Hacking will still be grieving her husband and two of her children…and Rosales will still be an illegal immigrant.

AG Sessions Rescinds DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is headed for closure in 6 months. The program, created by an Obama-era executive order, allowed illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to obtain work permits. DACA recipients, also called DREAMers, were considered ineligible for deportation for two years.

All illegal immigrants currently enrolled in DACA will be allowed to continue the remainder of their 2-year terms. However, the DACA program will stop accepting new applicants.

Economic Impacts

DACA supporters claim that 91% of all recipients are employed, and revoking their work permits could have a devastating economic impact. However, DACA opponents see that high employment number as a sign that DACA recipients are taking jobs that could otherwise employ American citizens.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have spoken out in favor of DACA.

Deportations and Border Crossings

The end of DACA does not mean that the program’s current participants will be deported. Instead, their work permits will expire. Rescinding DACA could pave the way for more deportations, but its biggest impact won’t be felt in immigration court.

Instead, the end of DACA will appear most profoundly at the southern border. Parents in Mexico and Central America now have less incentive to bring their children across the border illegally. Those children will not have access to work permits, nor will they be protected from deportation.

Will Congress Act?

Congress never voted on DACA, as it was instated by executive order. Now, Trump wants Congress to work on a solution to this unique immigration problem.

17-Year-Old Nabra Hassanen Killed by Illegal Immigrant

At 3:00 AM on June 18, Nabra Hassanen and her friends were on their way back from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. They had gathered as a community in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. This would be the last time that Hassanen was seen alive.

At this same time, Darwin Martin Torres was driving near where Hassanen and her friends were walking. He started arguing with them and quickly turned violent. Torres grabbed a bat and got out of his car. The group scattered, but Hassanen couldn’t get away in time. Torres began assaulting her with the bat. Her friends quickly realized that she had been abducted, and reported her immediately to both the Loudon County and Fairfax County police departments.

Death by Illegal Immigrant

Hassanen’s remains were found the next afternoon. She was 17 years old. Her killer was 22 – and here in this country illegally.

Fairfax County police obtained a warrant that charged him for murder. He is has been denied bail and has been appointed a public defender.

Immigration authorities have lodged a detainer on Torres with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that Torres, a native of El Salvador, resided in the United States illegally.

A Preventable Death

This tragic story is all too common. An innocent girl died at the hands of an illegal alien, just like in the Katie Steinle case several years ago. If Torres had been unable to cross the border, or caught before he murdered someone, a family and community wouldn’t be grieving the loss of a young woman today.

ICE Cannot Access Illegal Immigrant Drunk Driver

Jose Acevedo, 43, drove drunk – and without a license – in Auburn, Massachusetts last week. He slammed into a 2015 Subaru Outback which was carrying a family of four. Acebedo’s blood alcohol level registered at 0.26–more than three times the legal limit.  Because of his reckless actions, two of the four members of the Gould family suffered injuries. Mrs. Gould might have a broken neck.

Who is Jose Acevedo?

Acevedo admitted to being in the country illegally. He claims that he entered the U.S. illegally through Mexico from his home country of El Salvador. As a result of his illegal status, Acevedo had no drivers license. On the day of the crash, Acevedo had already been arrested earlier that same day for operating a vehicle without a license. He went to court to pay fines for that crime.

As a dangerous criminal, Acevedo represents the worst of the illegal immigrant population. He threatens the lives and well-being of innocent people like the Gould family.

Enforcing Immigration Law

Unfortunately, there are impediments to removing even such a dangerous individual from our society. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been unable thus far to determine Acevedo’s status, as a court supervisor denied agents access to him.

ICE Spokesperson, Shawn Neudauer explained that “a court supervisor would not allow ICE officers to speak to Mr. Acevedo until the local court appointed an attorney to him in his state criminal proceedings.” ICE cannot verify his status as an illegal immigrant until Acevedo is properly interviewed by officers and his biological data is compared against federal immigration records.

Serving Justice

The Gould Family is focusing on making sure Acevedo cannot drive again. “Our concern is that he has chosen not to follow the laws. He has shown it multiple times,” says Carly Gould.

By preventing ICE from interviewing Acevedo, the court is allowing this dangerous criminal to keep living in America. Local laws that shield illegal immigrants, such as those in sanctuary cities, pose threats to Americans by harboring dangerous individuals like Acevedo.

Traverse City at Risk of “Sanctuary” Status

Last month, Traverse City formed a Human Rights Commission to discuss becoming a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.  The commission will determine if the city should become a sanctuary or not.  Sanctuary cities ignore federal immigration law while using tax money to benefit illegal immigrants.

Leftists and Democrats have been long-time supporters of so-called “sanctuary cities.”  In other words, they call on the federal government to continue funding cities and counties that have chosen to ignore federal immigration law.

History of Sanctuary Cities

A sanctuary city is one that fails to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.  If an illegal immigrant commits a crime in a sanctuary city, the police will not report them to immigration authorities. This keeps dangerous criminals in America, all for the sake of political correctness. Some see sanctuary cities as being “inclusive” and “welcoming” to all people. They insist that an illegal immigrant who commits an additional crime (after illegal immigration itself, which is a felony) should not be deported.

There is no problem with welcoming legal immigrants and visitors to our country. But, harboring and exempting illegal immigrants from the law is both illegal and harmful to Americans.  On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to withhold all federal funding from sanctuary cities. Why should federal money go to cities who ignore federal law?

Unsurprisingly, Democrats have tried to stop Trump’s efforts to enforce immigration laws.  Obama-appointee Judge William Orrick III ruled against President Trump’s January executive order to take funds away from sanctuary cities, citing it as unconstitutional.  This is ironic, because sanctuary cities themselves are unconstitutional.  However, there is a simple solution: Stop cities and counties from becoming sanctuary cities in the first place.  This starts locally.

The Case with Michigan

The first sanctuary city in Michigan–Lansing–declared itself as such on April 3rd of this year.  Less than a week and a half later, on April 12th, it revoked this declaration.  Illegal immigrants have a sanctuary in those cities, but citizens have no sanctuary from crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

Officials in Traverse City should learn from Lansing’s attempt at sanctuary status.  The Traverse City Human Rights Commission should protect the rights of its legal constituents by stopping Traverse City from becoming a sanctuary city.

Ted Cruz A Has Plan To Fund Trump’s Wall

Democrats are desperately trying to prevent President Trump from obtaining any funding for his proposed border wall. One of Trump’s fiercest critics in the GOP primary – Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) – has a plan to circumvent their efforts.

Senator Cruz recently introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act. The bill proposes the U.S. government sell any assets gained from the prosecution of a drug lord, and use the money for construction of the border wall.

Cruz’s legislation specifically cites the assets of a notorious Mexican drug lord: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman; the first letter of each word in the bill’s title spells out “EL CHAPO.”

Billions in Illegal Assets

Leading the Sinaloa Cartel – the world’s largest narcotics cartel – makes “El Chapo” one of the most powerful criminals on Earth. Mexican law enforcement succeeded in capturing him, but not keeping him in custody. Guzman escaped from Mexican prison twice. After Guzman’s third arrest in January of 2016, Mexican officials extradited him to the United States.

A United States District Court in New York has filed a memorandum for permanent detention of Guzman. He is currently awaiting trial on 17 separate charges. Guzman’s indictment gave notice to criminal forfeiture of all assets related to his illegal drug-trafficking activities. Prosecutors labeled the potential value of Guzman’s illegal assets at a staggering $14 billion.

Down Payment on the Wall

A report from the Department of Homeland Security estimates the total cost of Trump’s border wall could reach $21.6 billion. Democrats are currently blocking any funding measures for the wall, leaving President Trump searching for another way to fund his signature immigration proposal. Senator Cruz’s El CHAPO Act might be the innovative solution President Trump needs.

People like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are exactly why many Americans believe a border wall is necessary. Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel has been the leading supplier of illicit drugs in the U.S. for years. A lack of border security has been a contributing factor in Guzman’s rise to power. As a result, construction of a border wall is necessary to protect Americans from the violent drug cartels and the deadly goods they peddle.

Winston-Salem Fights Over “Sanctuary” Status

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, might soon become a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants.

Councilman Dan Besse announced a proposal to declare Winston-Salem a “welcoming city” last February. While the proposal does not include the word “sanctuary,” Councilman Robert Clark knows that it aims to create a sanctuary city without the title.

Besse avoided the “sanctuary” moniker on purpose. North Carolina state law prohibits cities from declaring themselves sanctuaries. Clark sees right through this, and fears that if the law passes, Winston-Salem might no longer receive state funding.

“There is no definition of sanctuary city,” according to Clark. “There is a lot of noise at the federal level. I would suggest we do nothing, no resolution, no documents, nothing.” Councilman Clark fears federal retaliation. However, the city has more to worry about than a potential loss of funding.

A State Against Sanctuary Cities

North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a resolution in 2015 barring any county or municipality from limiting local law enforcement’s ability to assist federal immigration officials. State senators are even considering a bill that would financially penalize cities providing a “sanctuary status.”

Despite the General Assembly repeatedly rejecting, the Winston-Salem City Council continues to push forward the reckless policy. On March 21st, general government committee of city council voted 3-1 in favor of the proposal. The lone vote against the proposal came from Councilman Clark – who also happens to be the council’s only Republican.

Potential Opposition from Democrats

The proposal is expected to encounter additional resistance when it reaches a vote in front of the entire council. Jeff MacIntosh, a Democratic councilman who represents the Northwest Ward of Winston-Salem, is suggesting he will vote against the resolution. Similar to Clark, MacIntosh is framing his vote around avoiding a political confrontation with North Carolina’s Republican-controlled General Assembly.

“We’re having this discussion because of several decades of inaction at the federal level about immigration policy,” MacIntosh stated. While his personal beliefs align with the proposal, MacIntosh opposes it because he believes Winston-Salem will suffer economic penalties if the bill passes.

To Clark and MacIntosh’s credit, both representatives appear to be deciding their vote on the basis of their constituent’s needs, instead of personal beliefs.  To avoid having conflicting policies with the N.C. General Assembly, residents must continue to voice opposition towards the sanctuary policies.

Two Illegal Immigrants Suspected of Raping Teenage Classmate

On March 16th, two high school freshmen allegedly forced a female classmate into a bathroom stall at Rockville High School and raped her. The two suspects are illegal immigrants from Central America who were also enrolled as freshmen at the school.
Police arrested Henry Sanchez and Jose Montano, the alleged attackers, at school that day. The victim claims that they raped her repeatedly and ignored her cries for them to stop. Sanchez is from Guatemala and Montano is from El Salvador.

Across the Border, Against the Law

Immigration authorities have known about Sanchez for at least 7 months. Fox News reports that “U.S. Department of Homeland Security databases show a Border Patrol agent stopped Sanchez in August 2016 in Rio Valley Grande, Texas, and determined he’d entered the country illegally from Mexico.”
Sanchez is now a candidate for deportation, pending Maryland courts’ compliance with federal law. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has an active detainer for Sanchez. A detainer is a request to local law enforcement that they hold an individual for 48 hours while ICE decides whether or not to deport that person.

A Failure of Policy

Authorities have not released the name of the 14 year old victim. Her attackers are 18 and 17 years of age. Why did the school system still consider them freshmen?
Since both entered the country illegally, they had no record of past school credits earned. It is Montgomery County Schools’ policy to treat such enrollees as freshmen – no matter their age.
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jack Smith told Fox News that the school system does not check the immigration status of new students. “We’re not going to paint all students with a broad brush because of a really terrible incident.” Instead, the school turns a blind eye to teenagers wanted by the court system.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Prioritizes Illegal Immigrants Over Citizens

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ​halting procedures that would help stop illegal immigration in Chicago​.

 Instead of working with law enforcement officers, Mayor Emanuel decided to block their efforts to execute federal regulations: ​He listed Chicago as a safe haven for illegal immigrants​ and ​encouraged the Chicago Police Department to oppose Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers​.

One could argue that Mayor Emanuel is obstructing justice by sabotaging ICE’s efforts to do its job. He set up a $1 million illegal immigrant defense fund to help people fight to stay in America when they are threatened with potential deportation.

Opponents of the fund argue that those who wish to immigrate to America must do so legally or not at all. What’s more, any taxpayer money funneled into this fund is therefore diverted away from other efforts that might benefit legal citizens. Why should taxpayers foot the bill for someone else’s lawyers, let alone when that person is living here illegally?

Chicago is infamous for violent crime, some of which is committed by the city’s ​overflow of 420,000 illegal immigrants​. In 2016, Chicago homicides increased by 57% and a dismal total of 762 people were murdered.

Calling Chicago a “sanctuary city” is painfully ironic for those who live in its most dangerous neighborhoods.

Mayor Emanuel, a former Chief of Staff under President Obama, has drawn the ire of many for the steps he has pursued to keep illegal immigrants living in Chicago. Some have argued that Emanuel’s policies are illegal.  In Illinois, ​aiding and abetting criminals is a misdemeanor or a felony​ and is ​punishable by jail time and fines​. Illegal aliens are in violation of the law by trespassing in this country and so are all people who aid them in their crimes. 

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