Living in Baltimore County close to the dreaded crime-ridden Baltimore City, I always consoled myself with the fact that at least I didn’t live in the D.C.-area counties that are ravaged by Salvadoran gangs. There are endless gang-related crimes in places like Montgomery County on a daily basis. Well, now it appears that this activity has come to my part of Maryland.
Yesterday, local media in Baltimore reported that seven individuals had been charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar, whose body was found near Towson, Maryland, on July 31. According to Baltimore County police, “The cause of death was multiple stab wounds, and through our investigation, we were able to determine it was more than one person who caused those stab wounds.”
Sound familiar? Whose modus operandi is it to murder in groups with knives in the state of Maryland? Well, not a single local media outlet bothered to ask the most important question: Is this a problem native to suburban Baltimore County, or is this an imported problem?
All of the local media outlets did report the names of the suspects who are now sitting in the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail:
Unlike other reporters, I actually reached out to ICE and inquired if there are any ICE detainers on the suspects. An ICE spokesman confirmed with CR that there are detainers on six of the seven suspects, which means at least those six are currently here illegally. Fabian-Flores, Garcia-Martir, Portillo-Chavez, Rivera-Coreas, Rosas-Yanez, and Velasquez-Hernadez were all confirmed as illegal aliens in ICE’s system and members of MS-13, according to the official I spoke to.
The seventh may or may not have gotten some sort of legal status, which would explain why there is no immediate detainer. The ICE official also told CR that five of the six were Salvadoran nationals and one is a Mexican national. Maryland has the highest concentration of Salvadorans in the country.
Cockeysville is a nice quiet community of Baltimore County close to where I grew up. It’s very disquieting to know that we have now imported the gang culture to these areas as well.
The problem with all these cases is that almost every media report on a given illegal alien murder, rape, or child sex assault is reported as a domestic crime. No pressure will ever be brought to bear on local sanctuary officials and federal officials to clamp down on immigration laws unless they feel the heat from the American people. But that heat will never be applied if people don’t even know that these crimes are often being committed by people who should not be here to begin with.
These are not isolated incidents happening in a vacuum. They are part of a growing trend where Central American youth are coming here illegally with no sense of purpose and get swept up into gangs.
In a recent sting against MS-13 in California that resulted in the arrest of 22 of the most violent members, investigators noted how new recruits coming from the border feel the need to up the ante with their violence. Claude Arnold, who once ran the Los Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was quoted as saying, “These are newer entrants, so they’re making their bones with the gang, it’s just how it is. They want to make a name for themselves, and those are the people who are generally the most violent members of street gangs.”
One parting thought to consider: If we continue importing Salvadoran gangs but stripping the rights of Marylanders to carry a gun, how will they protect themselves from the endless knife attacks by MS-13, which is taking over more and more of Maryland?
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.