Sanctuary jurisdictions like Montgomery County, Maryland, have become a magnet for MS-13 and illegal alien rapists. But unlike the coronavirus, this “epidemic” is completely avoidable.
Last summer, so many illegal alien rapists were released by sanctuary Montgomery County that it sparked a fight between DHS officials and local politicians. Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli even challenged county executive Mark Elrich to a debate and referred to the wayward county as “Loco in MOCO.”
In the latest case last Thursday, local police arrested Jose Lopez-Gonzalez, 35, an illegal alien from El Salvador, for raping a semiconscious woman in an office building stairwell in Wheaton, Maryland. WJLA’s Kevin Lewis obtained police documents describing the graphic details.
“Lopez-Gonzalez was on the top of [the victim] who was naked from the waist down,” police wrote in court documents filed late last week in Montgomery County District Court. “[The officer] advised that he initially yelled at Lopez-Gonzalez to get off [the victim] but that he had to physically pull him off her because he was still engaging in sexual intercourse.”
Lopez-Gonzalez is being held without bail after police charged him with rape and assault. Otherwise, Montgomery County police, pursuant to county policies, would likely be forced to release him without honoring the ICE detainer. That’s what happened last week in Boston when an illegal alien who was accused of raping a drunk woman in a similar incident was released onto the streets. Luckily, ICE found him before he could victimize anyone else.
According to ICE, Lopez-Gonzalez was previously deported to El Salvador in 2007 and 2010.
The lack of a fixed deterrent at the border and in the interior incentivizes these people to come back. Every day, when CBP posts reports about catching previously deported sex offenders, just remember that there are numerous others they fail to catch, and we never hear about them until they commit a crime in an American city.
ICE also told WJLA that Lopez-Gonzales is believed to be associated with MS-13, an international criminal street gang. Montgomery County has an epidemic of gang members and rapists among the illegal alien population from Central America. Last month, a 20-year-old illegal alien was arrested in Montgomery County for raping an 11-year-old girl. The suspect attended high school with girls much younger than him.
Despite the gang and crime problem from Central Americans who self-traffic across the border as unaccompanied teens, the DHS still has not shut down the resettlement of UACs. Not even the coronavirus has prompted the government to turn back UACs.
According to Maryland court records, Lopez-Gonzalez was charged for drugs in 2007 and pleaded guilty to assault and sexual assault in 2011. Clearly, when someone like this is incentivized to return twice to Montgomery County and remain such a threat to women in the community, we are not properly enforcing our immigration laws.
As grim is things look with the Wuhan coronavirus, the pandemic will eventually subside. But the criminal alien crisis fueled by sanctuary cities will not go away on its own. While we collectively engage in social distancing to pre-empt the spreading of the virus, we should be able to count on our government to engage in distancing from other countries’ criminals.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.