We could spill pages’ worth of ink here at CR covering the daily illegal alien sex assaults that go uncovered by the media, but this one is particularly outrageous.
Racine County, Wisconsin, law enforcement issued a warrant for 29-year-old Lorenzo Bernabe-Lucas in April 2018 on first-degree child sexual assault. He is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl between May and July 2017, but it wasn’t until she gave birth in March 2018 at such a tender age that police were able to identify Bernabe-Lucas as the father through a DNA test and issue the warrant. However, he remained a fugitive for 16 months until Levy County, Florida, law enforcement, working with the U.S. Marshals, captured him in Williston, Florida, in August.
Throughout the coverage of this case since 2018, the eventual capture in Florida in August, and the transfer to Wisconsin last week, not a single media outlet reported that Bernabe-Lucas is an illegal alien. But in reply to an inquiry by CR on his immigration status, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer issued the following statement: “On Aug. 16, 2019, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed an immigration detainer on Lorenzo Bernabe-Lucas, 29, an illegal alien from Guatemala, with Levy County Jail, Fla., following his arrest on a felony warrant for child sexual assault – child under 13 years of age, issued in Wisconsin.”
Shockingly, his bail was set at just $50,000 at an arraignment in Racine County Court on Thursday. This is why the ICE detainer is so important. In the event that he posts bail, rather than being released onto the streets as the ultimate flight risk, ICE will take custody of him.
The crime of a 29-year-old man impregnating a 12-year-old girl is an awful one. But this is not an aberration. Marrying underage girls is considered somewhat normal in some countries including Guatemala. While lawmakers in Guatemala have moved to raise the marriage age, it will still take a cultural shift to stop the practice of teen pregnancies. Roughly one-fourth of babies born there are to teen mothers.
Now we are importing this culture into America in large numbers. According to GirlsNotBrides, “Child marriage tends to happen more in rural areas than in urban areas,” and in Guatemala, “over half of rural girls (mostly from Mayan indigenous populations) are married before 18.” They also note that “poverty can also drive child marriage in the region,” and therefore, “indigenous girls living in impoverished areas can be especially vulnerable to the practice.”
Thus, this is a systemic problem, which is why Border Patrol catches convicted sex offenders from these countries every day. On Friday, CBP announced that Tucson Sector agents caught an illegal alien convicted of molestation of a minor and sexual battery in 2015 by Fulton County, Georgia, trying to re-enter the country. It was the second sex offender convicted just in the state of Georgia who was arrested by Tucson Sector agents in the past 10 days.
Just last week, an illegal alien from Mexico was charged with 16 counts of child molestation for raping two children under the age of 14 on a regular basis. The charges include two counts of statutory sodomy, one count of first-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree statutory rape, endangering the welfare of a child, and child abuse.
According to a Senate Homeland Security Committee report published in January, a loophole in our spousal visa policies has allowed roughly 8,700 child brides, including 14-year-old girls, to be brought into the country on fiancé or marriage visas for the purpose of marrying older men.
This is from the executive summary of the report:
The Committee found that USCIS awarded some petitions to people with significant age differences. For example, in 2013, USCIS approved a 71-year-old U.S. citizen’s petition for a 17-year-old spouse in Guatemala; in 2011, USCIS approved a 14-year-old U.S. citizen’s petition for a 48-year-old spouse in Jamaica; and USCIS approved 149 petitions involving a minor with an adult spouse or fiancé who was more than 40 years old.
This is not only a values problem, but also a fiscal burden. If there is any issue that enjoys bipartisan support in this divided nation, it’s ending teen pregnancies. Democrats want to accomplish that through abortion and conservatives through abstinence, but everyone agrees that child pregnancy is a path to poverty and social problems, along with trauma for the young girls. Why on earth would we willingly import such a problem?
It’s time to strip away the political correctness and recognize that there is a cultural phenomenon here that will manifest outside of marriages as well, as we see in this tragic case in Wisconsin. Are our politics so broken that Congress can’t come together to end child marriage visas and deport those illegal aliens who molest children?
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.