Mexico Ignoring U.S. On Extradition—With Help From Its American Friends


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Whose Side Are U.S. “Latino Officials” on?
By Allan
Wall

In October, U.S. House Democratic
Leader Nancy Pelosi headed a Congressional delegation of
nogoodniks—Representatives

David Hobson
(R-OH);

Ciro Rodriguez
(D-TX), Chairman of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus;

Sam Farr
(D-CA);

Hilda Solis
(D-CA); and

Linda Sanchez
(D-CA). —to meet with Mexican President
Vicente Fox on his home turf.

Purpose: butt kissing.

Pelosi, as you recall, stole the
show there with her widely-reported

remark
equating the U.S. authorities`

recent round up
of 300 illegal aliens at Wal-Mart
with

terrorism
.

But while most of the nation was
focused on Pelosi`s amazing comments, VDARE.COM had its
sights trained on Sanchez—a real snake in the grass— and
her traitorous wheeling and dealing with the ever-present

Vicente Fox
.

Sanchez was

elected in 2002
to represent California`s

newly created
39th District. She won with
only

48,000 votes
. Why? Her district is a “rotten
borough
” in which the Census`s count of

residents
, rather than citizens, determines the
amount of

political clout
available. 35% of

Congresswoman Sanchez`s constituents
were born
outside the US.)

Sanchez used her
taxpayer-funded trip to horn in on the sensitive
negotiations between the Los Angeles County

District Attorney Steve Cooley`s office
and the
Mexican government regarding extradition.

For more than two years, Cooley and
Deputy District Attorney Jan Maurizi have

worked
to get Mexico to extradite nationals who have
fled to Mexico after committing

capital crimes
in California.

But Mexico, since its

2001 Supreme Court ruling that life-imprisonment
is
excessive punishment, has steadfastly refused to
cooperate.

What Mexico would love to do instead
of extraditing is try to its nationals in Mexico under
Article IV of the Mexican Federal Penal Code.

By so doing, Mexico can

assure itself
that killers who murder on US soil get
the lightest possible sentence.

Maurizi explained to me the
differences between sentences handed down in California
versus Mexico:

“Under Article IV, the vast
majority of murderers harbored in Mexico have received
grossly inadequate sentences or even acquittals.
Sentences for murder have been as low as three years. In
one case the sentence for the execution murder of a 17
year old was reduced to weekends only after two years
served. Soon thereafter, the killer showed up back in
California. In another home invasion robbery/murder, the
shooter fled to Mexico. He ultimately got 8 years while
the non-shooters were tried in California and sentenced
to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.”

Despite Article IV`s failure to
bring justice to victim families, this is the deal that
Representative Sanchez, acting in effect as Fox`s agent,
tried to sell to Annabella Vera, whose then-husband

Daniel Perez
shot her in the face and killed her
father; and to

Saul Zavala,
father of the murdered Jessica and uncle
to slain Olivia.

Sanchez convened the private
meeting—without so much as a courtesy call to prosecutors
Cooley and Maurizi—on Saturday, November 8th.

If the victim families were to agree
to Article IV prosecution, then Sanchez would become a
hero to Bush and to Fox. And Sanchez would certainly put
a tortured spin on her meddling so she could look like a
star to her

mostly Latino
constituents.

But Vera and Zavala immediately got
bad vibes from the transparent Sanchez.

According to Vera, “She was so
insincere. She didn`t fool me. My dad was shot almost
five years ago. I don`t think Sanchez cares at all about
the pain and suffering my family has been through. “

Added Zavala: “Sanchez wants what
Fox wants. She`s afraid if there is too much negative
publicity about Mexico`s refusal to extradite, its

agenda
for illegal immigrants will be set back.”

Sanchez had laid bare her loyalties
in her statements during the October 1 testimony before
the House Government Reform Committee.

According to Washington Bureau
Los Angeles Daily News
reporter Lisa Friedman in her
October 2 “Widow Testifies at DC Hearing; Officials
Say Deputy`s Killer Fled to Mexico,”

[not online]
Sanchez

“said
the Mexican government is not the enemy. During
Wednesday`s hearing, she repeatedly sought and received
assurances from Bush administration officials that the
Mexican government opposed the court`s ruling and
continues to try to overturn it.”


“`They look at Mexico like
they`re this bad neighbor to the south.` Sanchez said
after the hearing. But she argued the U.S. has as much
right to ask the Mexican government to overturn its
country`s Supreme Court decision as Mexico would have in
asking Congress or President Bush to repeal a U.S.
Supreme Court ruling.”

Sanchez, a UCLA law school graduate,
made this statement although she must have been fully
aware that Article IV permits Mexico to coddle known
killers.

During the two years since the
Mexican Supreme Court decision, several thousand
killers—that right, several thousand—have

fled the southwestern U.S
. for Mexico.

In the meantime, Fox has the
audacity to travel with his wife to

Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
to pontificate about
“migratory accords”
and posture about amnesty. Yet he
will not lift a pinky to end Mexico`s extradition
travesty.

Public awareness—and
outrage—concerning the White House`s passivity regarding
Mexico spells even more trouble for Bush`s re-election
prospects. Enlightened voters know that Fox is aided and
abetted by Bush`s benign neglect.

Gradually, Republicans and Democrats
alike are demanding action. During the October House
Government Reform Committee meeting Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind.,
and chairman of the criminal justice subcommittee said:

“The
lack of extradition means it`s relatively safe to kill
policemen in this country.”

Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga, supports
rescinding Mexico`s favorable trade status and renouncing
existing extradition treaties:

"Mexico`s refusal to be a
good neighbor in the prosecution of dangerous felons
should be the first reason for the United States to
resist expanded immigration rules and an open border
policy."

California
Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote a

strongly worded letter
to Fox in August urging him to
cooperate fully with Cooley.

To date,
according to Feinstein`s Washington DC spokesman Howard
Gantman, Fox has not replied.

On a

personal note
, in September

I attended a victim families meeting
held at Cooley`s
office. There I heard Vera, Zavala and many others tell
their tragic, heartbreaking stories.

When I
remember that Mexico will not comply, nor will the US use
its leverage to insist on compliance, my blood boils.

Mexico demands that the
U.S. say "yes" to a

mile-long list of outrageous requests
. But the Bush
administration cannot insist on justice for Americans!

Because Mexican
presidents serve

only one
six-year term, Fox is a lame duck.

And that is exactly
what Bush is going to be in November 2004 unless he gets
wise to the will of the American people.

Post script: On November 15th
Burbank, CA. police officer Matthew Pavelka was shot and
killed during a routine traffic stop. The Los Angeles
Times


reported
that the

suspect
in shooting, David Garcia, is rumored to be
involved in drug and gang activities. As of this writing,
Garcia`s whereabouts are unknown.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.