Americans Debbie Burgess and Mark O’Gara were killed this month due to our lack of resolve to secure the border and expeditiously deport other countries’ criminals. In addition, there are many criminal aliens, being allowed to remain in the country way too long, committing rape and child molestation. Sadly, most of these cases will remain unknown to the public.
Father of 10 killed in St. Paul by drunk-driving Central American teen
Mark J. O’Gara, a 52-year-old father of 10 children, was killed on April 3 in St. Paul when he was pulling out of a driveway and was hit by a speeding drunk driver. That driver was Jose O. Vasquez-Guillen, a 19-year-old illegal alien who came here in 2016 from Honduras. No, not all those innocent faces the media shows at the border will be harmless upstanding citizens once they are resettled in this country. Vasquez-Guillen was ordered deported in 2016 by an immigration judge — in absentia, because he failed to show up to his immigration hearing. He was a fugitive until he was arrested by ICE this month.
Once again, this is another case where our broken policies are allowing these individuals to obtain catch-and-release with the hope that they show up for a hearing in front of an immigration judge. Sadly, they often commit deadly crimes after it’s already too late to apprehend them. There are over one million illegal aliens with final deportation orders who remain in the country, including 644,000 from Mexico and Central America. Last month, a Guatemalan teen who was the recipient of catch-and-release killed a beloved mother and schoolteacher in a driving wreck in Mobile, Alabama.
Debbie Burgess killed by illegal immigrant deported nine times
Police in Knoxville, Tennessee, suspect Juan Francisco, an illegal alien with a prior DUI conviction, as the driver behind a hit-and-run that killed Debbie Burgess on April 8. Francisco is still at large. His history goes back as far as 2002, when he was charged with theft, and 2004, when he was charged with reckless driving. According to an ICE official I spoke to, the Juan Francisco they have on record was actually deported nine times, but they will not publicly confirm it until they actually apprehend him and verify his identity.
Just last December, the Knoxville fire chief’s son, Pierce Corcoran, was killed in a hit-and-run by an illegal alien who crossed over the middle of a highway, striking the victim’s vehicle in a head-on collision. The grieving parents have not gotten justice yet from Francisco Franco-Cambrany, a Mexican national, because the perpetrator was deported after it was too late and after he was released on bond. It appears that ICE feared he’d evade justice altogether and remain in our country, so it quickly deported him to Mexico.
CASA “election canvasser” arrested for murder
Not all the illegal aliens working for CASA de Maryland are merely working on civil rights for peaceful “immigrants.” Darwin Reynadi-Rosa was arrested by police in Montgomery County, Maryland, for serving as the driver and lookout for an assassination-style shooting that left one man seriously wounded. According to WJLA, CASA confirmed that Reynadi-Rosa was indeed employed as “an election canvasser,” but was terminated in 2018 for “poor performance.” According to an ICE spokesman, “On April 16, ICE lodged a detainer on unlawfully present El Salvadoran national Darwin Reynadi-Rosa following his recent arrest for assault and attempted murder.” ICE confirmed to me that “an immigration judge previously granted Reynadi-Rosa voluntary departure on Aug. 26, 2008, however Reynadi-Rosa failed to comply with the judge’s order and depart the United States.”
Again, we see that because our government fails to follow expedited removal laws, these criminals get placed in the black hole of immigration courts and can remain in the country. In this case, we had the worst of gang-bangers being allowed to remain and engage in “election canvassing.”
An illegal alien recipient of catch-and-release charged with raping a 7-year-old girl
Even rural Culpeper County, Virginia, is not immune to the criminal alien activity that plagues northern Virginia. Last Thursday, Oscar Ramirez, a 33-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador, was charged with raping a seven-year-old girl between April 6 and 7. According to an ICE official, Ramirez was picked up in Roma, Texas, in 2005 but was released on his own recognizance pending an immigration hearing. Ramirez absconded and was order deported in absentia in August 2006 and has been a fugitive until he was arrested on April 11.
All of these individuals who are not placed into expedited removal, as required by the laws passed by Congress in 1996, are very unlikely to show up to their hearings. All the crimes committed after aliens are either released by the feds or sanctuary cities are, by definition, completely avoidable.
Catching sex slavers: Just another day on the highway
Last week, an astute Ohio state trooper pulled over Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza, an illegal alien from Mexico, and discovered that he was transporting his 15-year-old sex slave from New Jersey to Chicago. Human and sex trafficking were terms that were rarely used in this country until this decade, yet now they are commonplace, thanks to the criminal aliens that have been brought in and allowed to reside with impunity, against the laws on the books. Morales-Pedraza was previously deported but was able to come back in.
Also in Ohio, Clementino Co-Juc, an 18-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, was charged last week in Defiance County, Ohio, with the rape of a minor.
The rash of criminal alien murders, drunk driving, drug trafficking, and sex offenses in this country demonstrates the need for more ICE agents. At the border, we need a change in policies to follow the actual laws on the books so that these people are immediately deported without access to the courts. But for the estimated two million criminal aliens already in this country, we need more manpower to apprehend them before more Americans are harmed.
By ramping up deportations and then putting together a comprehensive plan to stop illegal immigration and counter the cartels at the border, we will stop needlessly importing other countries’ criminals and prevent avoidable crimes from taking place. As it stands now, there are nearly 60,000 foreign nationals in the federal prison system in the custody of Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals. It costs $1.42 billion a year. In addition, our government has continued the suicidal policy of counting these people in the Census! Thus, we pay for the rope that hangs our own people in more ways than one.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.