As Texas officials like Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick search for solutions to mass shootings and focus on guns and background checks, they might want to search for solutions to more avoidable murders committed by illegal aliens with all sorts of weapons and motivations.
According to local media, a probable cause statement from Corpus Christi police states that Mohammad Sahi, 72, approached neighbors covered in blood last Thursday and told them to call police. Sahi then confessed to the two officers arriving at the scene to murdering his 47-year-old daughter and 18-year-old grandson by beating them with a stick. Another grandson was found in the house severely beaten and barely alive.
Sahi appeared in court on Monday and is being charged for two murders and one aggravated assault. He confessed to the crimes speaking in his native Punjabi through an interpreter.
ICE spokesman Tim Oberle confirmed with CR that ICE lodged a detainer on September 13 following his arrest and that Sahi is indeed an illegal alien from Pakistan. However, given that bail is set for $2.5 million, it’s unlikely he will be released from Nueces County Jail. If prosecutors obtain a conviction leading to capital punishment or life without parole, the ICE detainer will become moot, because he will never be released and deported.
This is obviously a shocking and extremely bizarre case. Police have not posited any theory of a motive in this case as to why a 72-year-old man would kill his daughter and grandson. But in 2016, Amnesty International spotlighted Pakistan in particular as a hotbed for the practice of family members murdering women for bringing shame to their family in some form. They estimate that roughly 1,000 such killings take place every year.
On January 27, 2017, as part of the “travel ban” executive order, Trump called for data collection on certain criminal activity that seems to be associated with the same countries listed in the visa moratorium. Sec. 10 of the order called upon DHS and DOJ to publish a semi-annual report on the number of foreign nationals charged on terrorism-related grounds. A lesser known part of that order also called for “information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals.”
Only one DHS/DOJ report has been issued pursuant to this order, and very little was published on that section of the order. The report, from January 2018, noted that there is no reliable data on honor killings because the federal government doesn’t directly track them. It’s part of a broader problem of our government failing to track foreign national crimes, transnational gang and cartel crimes, and foreign terrorism crimes.
Again, there is no evidence yet that this was an honor killing, but at present, there doesn’t appear to be any logical motive at all. The more we continue mass migration from countries with these habits without any thorough vetting, the more likely we will continue to import those who subscribe to this ideology among those who don’t.
Coincidentally, just last week in California, Rohail Sarwar, a recent arrival from Pakistan, was sentenced to life in prison for brutally stabbing a woman at a massage parlor after frequently demanding sex from the employees and sexually assaulting them throughout the summer of 2018. Yolo County Judge Paul Richardson referred to the murder of Junying Lu, which occurred last August, as one of the “most vicious” murders he’s seen. He was convicted on special murder charges and sexual assault. The family of the victim wanted the death penalty, but prosecutors pursued life without parole.
At one point during the trial, Sarwar’s mistress testified about his violence and his feelings toward women. Lloyd Billingsley, who covered the trial for the California Globe in July, reports that deputy district attorney Diane Ortiz told the court, “‘No’ is never an answer in Sarwar’s world,” referring to the culture of women submitting to men in Pakistan. During the testimony of the unnamed mistress, she described how her family wanted to send her back to Pakistan to be killed for having an affair with Sarwar.
During sentencing last Thursday, Junying Lu’s youngest daughter, Amy, blasted Sarwar’s culture of subjugating women and questioned why he had not been “kicked out of the United States,” according to Billingsley’s reporting of the victim impact statement. It’s unclear whether Sarwar is here legally or not.
While we are groping in the darkness trying to prevent heinous murders, it’s important to start with the voluntary policy of immigration and understand why we are needlessly bringing in problematic individuals. As we see with these two Pakistanis, when you import a violent culture, it doesn’t matter what sort of gun laws you have. One killed with a knife and one allegedly killed with a stick. In 2017, according to the FBI, almost four times as many people were killed by knives as by rifles. Also, more people were killed by blunt objects or by brute strength.
Last month, I reported on the case of Billy Chemirmir, a criminal alien from Kenya with a long rap sheet who is now accused of smothering 19 seniors to death in the Dallas area over the past three years. GOP leaders in the state have not uttered a word about this case. All of these murders could have been avoided had we closed multiple criminal alien loopholes that allowed this man to remain in the country.
Texas politicians who are focused on guns seem to be silent about criminal aliens we needlessly bring in who kill with all sorts of weapons. After all, it’s a lot easier to target an object that doesn’t have an entire grievance industry backing it than to require universal background checks on immigrants.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.