It’s now the position of many in the political world that immigration laws should not be enforced, even against those who engage in identity theft or worse crimes, because it will result in them being separated from their families. But what is not reported is how many of these criminals kill other illegal immigrants, including their own family members.
On Sunday, Silvestre Fuentes-Rosas was arrested in Union Gap, Washington, on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting his wife three times with a .45-caliber pistol. None of the local media reports mention that he is an illegal alien and that there currently is an ICE detainer on him. ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman confirmed that his real name is Silvestre Fuentes-Rosas and that he is a Mexican national who was twice deported.
“On Aug. 11, 2019, Silvestre Fuentes-Rosas, a Mexican citizen and repeat immigration violator, was arrested in the city of Union Gap by local authorities on the charge of murder and booked into the Benton County (Washington) Jail,” said Roman in a statement to CR. “U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer with the jail the same day. Rosas has been previously removed from the United States in 1996 and 2010.”
Fuentes-Rosas is being held in Benton County jail on $500,000 bond. The ICE detainer is to ensure that if he does post bond with the local jail, ICE can apprehend him based on his immigration status, so that he doesn’t abscond.
Local media is reporting, based on court documents, that the couple’s son, Graciela Gomez, found his mother lying mortally wounded on the floor of their home Saturday night in Prosser, Washington. Neighbors heard three gunshots, and detectives later found three shell casings from Fuentes-Rosas’ gun. Police captured him Sunday night about 40 miles northwest in Union Gap.
According to Benton County court records, Fuentes-Rosas was convicted of DUI on October 30, 1996. Because of our broken enforcement system, this man was incentivized to keep coming back and remain in the state.
This atrocity has a number of profound lessons. It’s illegal for illegal aliens to own guns, but they wind up obtaining them anyway. However, as a matter of immigration law, he should never have been able to remain in Washington for the past number of years undetected by ICE. Washington is a sanctuary state, and unless ICE catches someone on its own, illegal aliens are free to live there without fear of being detected, the exact opposite of what the law mandates.
This also demonstrates that the lack of border security allows some of the worst individuals to return to the country, even if ICE successfully deports the criminal, once again proving the important symbiotic relationship between border security and interior enforcement. Now, with more than half the border agents in key areas tied down with babysitting work, it’s truly frightening to consider how many people like Fuentes are successfully entering or re-entering the country undetected.
As I have said before, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 73 and 79 percent of homicides are committed by “offenders known to the victims.” When those with criminal records are not removed and kept out with border security, other immigrants (legal or illegal) may be the most harmed, including family members.
Last week, in Alcoa, Tennessee, Jose Rolando Hernandez-Perez, an illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested for stabbing his own son to death. According to local news, they were both working for Lemmer Construction Inc. of Corbin, Kentucky, on highway construction projects around Knoxville. An ICE spokesman confirmed with CR that there is a detainer on Hernandez-Perez.
Neither the case in Washington nor the one in Tennessee is reported in any local media as involving an ICE detainer. The criminality by illegal aliens we fail to remove and keep out will continue to fly under the radar, precluding any robust public policy debate on closing the criminal alien loopholes. We can’t debate what we don’t know exists.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.