Beyond Willie Sutton: Crime And Lack Of Punishment

Remember

Willie Sutton
—the criminal who said he robbed
banks because that`s where the money was?

Today,

criminals from around the world
come to America
because it`s where

crime
pays best.

Why would any
ambitious thief remain in the low-rent boonies when the
bright lights and fat wallets of the U.S. beckon? The
Super Bowl of crime is just a border away.

And the U.S. simply
hasn`t responded adequately. It`s as if the richest
family in town didn`t bother to lock their doors and
windows.

The bad guys have
noticed:

  • Thirty percent of federal prison inmates are
    foreign born—more than double the overall national
    percentage (11.1
    percent
    ). Imagine what the number would be if the
    criminal justice system wasn`t hobbled by sanctuary
    policies, ethnic fifth columnists like La Raza and

    CAIR
    , and the homegrown enemy agent in chief, the

    ACLU
    .

  • A former NYPD homicide detective assessed that 70
    percent of drug dealers and other criminals in New
    York City`s Washington Heights were illegal aliens.
    (This is also from McDonald`s must-read City Journal article,


    "The Illegal Alien Crime Wave."
    )


  • Identity theft
    , the fastest growing white-collar
    crime, is often illegal aliens acquiring credit cards
    and

    running up debts
    . It can befall middle-class
    professionals—journalist

    David Lazarus
    recently discovered that a Jamaican
    had written thousands of dollars in bad checks in his
    name.

There is an
American Dream for foreign thieves and drug dealers—but
it`s not the one that sentimental pundits have in mind
when they intone

rapturously
about the plucky immigrant approaching

Ellis Island
.

This glittering
promise inspires a remarkably diverse group, from the

Russian mafia
and Mexican drug cartels to Chinese
triads and Central American gangsters.

It`s not just the
swell crime opportunities which entice the scum of the
world. It`s also the "open society" philosophy of
national nihilism embraced by anti-borders types like

billionaire George Soros
and his ilk.

More openness (i.e.
multiculturalism) means less annoying judgementalism
even about dangerous criminals in our communities.

From the criminal
point of view, it is downright heartwarming how America
opens its arms to the aspiring foreign crook.

For example, the
sanctuary policy of some

American cities
and lately the

entire state of Maine
is quite the boon to
criminals.

Sanctuary directives
prevent police from asking
about the immigration status of a person in custody—so
rude and injurious to delicate self-esteem!

Needless to say,
any sanctuary policy is completely at odds with the

"broken windows"
theory of policing that is
widely

credited
with recent crime reduction. The “broken
windows”
theory holds that disorder breeds crime.
Small misbehaviors lead to

larger crimes.
But when an illegal alien is picked
up on a minor violation, and is not deported but freed
back into the local community, is he not emboldened by
the fecklessness of

American law enforcement
?

Another example:
many police departments have bought the La Raza nonsense
that today`s diverse communities require more
ethnically-sensitive police work. Translation: ignore
"smaller"
crimes (like

national
breaking and entering). Then law
enforcement will theoretically get more tips based on
the

"trust"
engendered by touchy-feely cops.

PC policing is the
opposite of “broken windows.” Its failure is
illustrated by the increased violence in Los Angeles
(recently described as a

"Mexican city"
by its

current mayor
).

Even the liberal
BBC recently headlined a story

"LA `on the road to Falluja`?"
. Correspondent Anita
Rice observed that LA`s 658 murders in 2002 were the
highest number in the country. Half of those killings
were

gang related
. The latest thing for gangsters:
ambushing police, a serious escalation over mere
shootouts.


LA Police chief William Bratton
was brought in to
deal with the growing crime problem. But he is a prime
example of a political cop, the kind who

fawns
on ethnic lobbies to further his career,
engages in endless outreach and has lost track of what
enforcing the law means. Bratton is a supporter of
Special Order 40, LA`s version of sanctuary, and
believes citizens should turn in their legal guns.
Bratton`s arrogant defense of his pro-illegal policies:


"If you don`t like it, leave the state."

Get that. In the
upside-down world of southern California immigration
politics, citizens who object to the massive invasion of
illegal aliens are told to leave by Los Angeles`
top cop. Incredible.

There have been
many cases of violence from these

criminal foreigners
after arrests from which they
should have been deported. Politicians apparently fear
the rebuke from professional ethnic complainers like La
Raza who

raise a stink
at any hint of

immigration enforcement
. That`s too bad for the
victims—many of whom happen to be Latino. If anyone
cares.

One terrible case
of sanctuary stupidity: the fate of 13-year-old

Laura Ayala
, kidnapped in Houston in 2002. An
illegal alien now identified as a serious suspect in her
abduction,

Walter Alexander Sorto
, had been picked up for
numerous traffic violations several months before the
kidnapping. But because of Houston`s sanctuary policy,
he was not deported. He remained in the U.S., possibly
to kidnap Laura Ayala, who is still missing.


Sorto was convicted
last year for the abduction,
rape and murder of two other Houston women, Roxana
Capulin and Maria Moreno Rangel, and now awaits his
execution.

Another repellent
creep with illegal status,

Reynald o Elias Rapalo
, had been arrested for a
"lewd and lascivious"
molestation in October 2002
after his visa had expired. But he

was not deported
from Miami.

"We`re not immigration,"
police spokeswoman
Herminia Salas Jacobson said.

The Honduran is now
accused of a series of rapes in the Miami area of
victims ranging in age from 11 to 79. He was

arrested
due to the sharp police instincts of Sgt.
William Golding after a huge community effort including
billboards of the perp sketch to find the man had not
been successful.

Rapalo had shown
plenty of signs that he was trouble—his fondling of a
10-year-old girl, his threat to beat up a girlfriend
with a hammer, his harassment of another man`s wife, his
frequent obscenities yelled at local women. But,
curiously, there was apparently no alarm about Rapalo in
his neighborhood. Surely such misogynistic behavior is
not the norm in Little Havana?

Even CBS`s liberal
Sixty Minutes presented a segment in February,
about

South American "boosters"
—not La Raza
cheerleaders of illegal immigration, but gangs of
organized shoplifters. Ten billion dollars worth of
merchandise is stolen from stores annually. A goodly
chunk of it is lifted by well-trained foreign gangs.
There may be 1,000 of these teams operating throughout
the U.S.

Most of the perps
are illegal aliens who learned the trade of
pickpocketing in their

South American homelands
and have moved up to bigger
game here. Some of these pros graduated from the
now-defunct

"school of the seven bells"
in Colombia, where
bells were attached to pockets on a mannequin, and
students had to unload all seven pockets noiselessly to
graduate.

Who says Hispanic
culture doesn`t celebrate excellence?

In America, store
security has regarded shoplifting as an opportunistic
crime of teenagers and bored Hollywood

celebs
like

Winona Ryder
, not major merchandise removals to a
truck waiting outside. Like the law enforcement
authorities, retail business has been slow to awaken to
the sheer size of globalized crime that open borders
have brought.

Consequently,
sentencing for shoplifting is still slanted toward high
school kids. The illegal alien gangs are literally
making out like

bandits
.

Among

foreign gangsters
, one of the ways in which
criminals are enticed to America is through the word of
mouth from trailblazing alpha gangsters. An excellent
case study appears in Sam Quinones` book

True Tales from Another Mexico
, a fascinating
examination of the underbelly of Mexican society, with
crime and gangsters given special attention.

One chapter
focuses on the

small fry thugs in Zamora, Michoacan
, and how they
seek to emulate their bad-ass spiritual cousins in South
Central LA: the boys emulate the cholo style of
baggy pants and tattooage, although their lowriding
occurs on bicycles rather than in modified Chevies.

One highlighted
trailblazer:

Simio
, who had a major American Dream—bigger and
better theft. Upon his arrival in a nondescript Los
Angeles suburb, Simio was thrilled with the
opportunities to steal. He developed a normal routine of
robbing two houses during the day and one at night. This
discipline was necessary to feed his
thousand-dollar-a-day crack habit.

Simio returned to
Mexico after three months in juvenile detention. He
exhorted the homeboys to get more serious about their
gangstering.

"I woke those
boys up,"

Simio reported. "They were all asleep. They didn`t
have the urge to rob. They weren`t stealing anything."

In time, some of
those young men would make the journey to America,
already trained in thievery, drug use and gang behavior.

The plain fact is
that, contrary to the

Mexican
and Big Business propaganda that "they
only come to work,"
a substantial number of
foreigners come to steal.

Congress and the
President still act as if all the individual pain,
societal cost and

financial outlay
caused by mass immigration is
justified by "cheap" labor and "diversity."
 

Washington remains

unconscious
, drugged into oblivion by the fat
campaign contributions.

And the
proliferation of criminal aliens moves us toward
anarchy.


Brenda Walker [email
her
] lives in Northern
California and publishes


LimitsToGrowth
and
ImmigrationsHumanCost
.