In yet another illegal immigration-related heinous crime that will go uncovered by the media, a Mexican national has been indicted for raping a four-year-old girl and is accused of molesting a six-year-old girl in Baton Rouge over the past year.
A grand jury in East Baton Rouge Parish indicted Joel Emmanuel Rodriguez, 30, on Wednesday for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl on May 26. Rodriguez was originally arrested on May 31 on the rape charge, according to arrest records from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office. He’s also accused of molesting a six-year-old girl between Aug. 1, 2018, and May 3, 2019, according to court records.
Rodriguez is being referred to by local media as a “Baton Rouge man,” but ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed on inquiry from CR that he is indeed an illegal alien and that ICE had placed a detainer on him in May.
Over the past few months, CR has covered a rash of child sex assaults by illegal aliens. In many of their home countries, it is a regular practice to marry young girls, especially in rural areas. However, these shocking crimes seem to victimize kids who are younger and younger.
The FBI and most states do not track categories of crime broken down by legal status of the perpetrator. It would be useful for public policy decisions to know how many drunk driving incidents, how much drug trafficking, how much gang activity, or how many child sex assaults are committed by illegal aliens, but nobody seems to want to find out.
Even the anecdotes are hard to come by, because most reporters don’t want to inquire about immigration status, and DHS is largely precluded from actively publicizing the information unprompted by a reporter’s inquiry. Hence, a “Baton Rouge man” is arrested for child rape or a “Long Island man” is arrested for killing someone while driving drunk.
Yesterday, BuzzFeed reported that acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli is trying to change the privacy policies at his agency to better inform the public of heinous crimes committed by illegal aliens, refugees, or those seeking some sort of asylum status. In response to the report, Cuccinelli confirmed that he is seeking more transparency on this issue when the public interest outweighs the individual’s privacy interest, such as in the California MS-13 case involving numerous recent asylum seekers. “Due to the abuse of the refugee and asylum programs by MS-13, terrorist organizations and cartels,” said Cuccinelli in a statement, “the Acting Director requested the same authority in order to educate the America public, lawmakers, and media about the dangerous criminals who came to the United States by abusing our legal immigration system.”
Raping a four-year-old and a six-year-old is a pretty big deal, and the fact that not a single local media report in Louisiana that I can find mentioned an ICE detainer when he was arrested in May or after the indictment this week is pretty shocking. It underscores the need for ICE to proactively bypass the media and push this information out to the public.
The rash of illegal alien rape suspects, including child rape cases, has made headlines in Montgomery County, Maryland. But Louisiana has had its share as well.
In July, Andres Fuentes-Castro, 44, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was arrested by CBP in Baton Rouge and is charged with three counts of first-degree rape against a child between 2014 and 2016. Agents initially arrested him in 2007 during a traffic stop in Baton Rouge and could have deported him before this child was harmed. However, they found he was given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a Salvadoran national under the El Salvador TPS program. His status later expired in 2010 and was not renewed, rendering him a fugitive alien for nine years for not departing the country.
On the same day, Tomas Gabriel Chox-Lopez, another illegal alien living in south Louisiana, was caught in a child porn sting by state and federal law enforcement and charged with seven counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13.
Earlier this year, Miguel Martinez, an illegal alien who had previously been deported in 2005, was arrested in Louisiana on 100 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13 years old, one count of production under the age of 13, and one count of sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13.
Bizarrely, these cases have not been publicized by the prominent GOP members of the Louisiana federal delegation in the House and Senate. These are prime examples of why, despite the declining overall numbers at the border, there is a need for a wall and more resources to deter the really bad criminals who continue to come in and don’t surrender to agents.
Sadly, the less people know, the less they will clamor for action. For some in politics and media, that is by design.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.