Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there has been
enormous shock and anger that a known MS-13 gangster
with prior arrests for
violent offenses could have been let loose on the
streets by a grossly permissive
sanctuary city policy.
Edwin Ramos was recently arrested for the triple
murder of Tony Bologna, and his sons Michael and
Matthew, in what is now described as a
mistaken gang shooting.
This case is still roiling the city. It shows no sign
of dying down. There is pure horror at such extreme
governmental malpractice. Even
San Francisco liberals expect the police to put the
bad guys in jail—not fluff their pillows. There is
dismay and surprise at how an obviously dangerous
criminal alien like Edwin Ramos could be freed to
cause such havoc.
There was also local
outrage when it became known that San Francisco had
Honduran crack dealers to comfy group living
escape ICE and given them non-deportation flights
home on the
The sad fact, however, is that heinous crimes
committed by previously arrested illegal aliens are all
too common throughout America.
Bologna family has been devastated by their terrible
loss. But they are not alone by any means. The many
deaths from murder and drunk driving caused by
foreigners who had already been
in the hands of police are a shocking indictment of
law enforcement and its interface with politics.
The cop on the street is usually
a no-nonsense defender of order. But if the Chief of
Police is a
political appointment of City Hall (as
many are, like the
useless Heather Fong in San Francisco), public
safety may be sacrificed for
The average busy citizen usually has no idea about
the pervasiveness of illegal alien crime, because the
MainStream Media would rather run daily sob stories
portraying lawbreaker foreigners
as victims. The only time the liberal press covers a
crime committed by an illegal alien is when the offense
too horrific to be ignored—such as
multiple murders. Reports of
single deaths caused by illegal aliens usually get
local coverage only. Additionally, the immigration
status of criminals is
systematically suppressed throughout the media. So
the national pattern of
foreigner mayhem is simply not recognized.
One case that did get
- the death of two teenaged
Allison Kunhardt and Tessa Tranchant, in
Virginia Beach as they waited for the light to
change at an intersection on March 30, 2007.
The killer was Alfredo Ramos, who was
drunk at three times the legal limit and speeding as
he smashed into the girls` car. He had been
convicted of DUI two months previously, and his
punishment at that time was a suspended sentence, a $250
fine and a requirement to attend an alcohol awareness
program. There was no deportation, so Ramos remained in
Virginia, enabling him to kill the girls.
A June 5 Washington Post story (A
Tipping Point for Outrage, by Karin Brulliard),
called the crime a "catalyst" for mobilizing
citizen action against open borders and immigration
"`What happened in
Virginia Beach is they woke up Saturday morning and
realized not only do illegal immigrants
work in your town,
live in your town, but they also
kill people in your town,` then-Del. John J. Welch
III (R-Virginia Beach) told reporters at the time.”
Another illegal foreigner who had trouble written all
- Jose Carranza, accused in the
execution-style shooting of
four black college students in Newark
At the time of his arrest for the New Jersey
homicides, the Peruvian construction worker was
out on bail for the accused sex abuse over several
years of a girl starting when she was five.
In May, Carranza was sentenced for one of his lesser
Newark Triple Murder Suspect Gets 8 Years in Assault
(by Kareem Fahim, New York Times, May 13, 2008).
That article notes how the one surviving victim of the
Newark massacre, who also was the sister of one of
those murdered, Natasha Aeriel, is now living in the
witness protection program for her safety.
Obviously the police see a large and dangerous gang
footprint in the case.
Sometimes even very disturbing multiple deaths are
not reported nationally. Such as:
- the terrible 2006 crash that
Sean and Donna Wilson.
Gustavo Reyes Garcia, the drunk-driving illegal alien
who killed them, had been arrested at least 14 times,
including four arrests for drunk driving. The killer was
poster Mexican showing the need for jailhouse
enforcement—but the case received wide attention only in
the state, where it became an
issue in the 2006 campaign for governor.
Heather Steffek, the daughter of the victims, spoke
out against the non-responsive system that contributed
to the deaths of her parents. The good news: the
efforts of Steffek and others helped institute
287 (g) in Davidson County to train local police in
And here`s a triple-death car crash you probably
never heard about unless you read VDARE.com:
- In May,
three Americans were killed in Merrillville,
Indiana, in a traffic crash caused by a previously
convicted drunk-driving illegal alien.
Those killed in the three-car pile-up were Stephen
Hough and Amy Bartelmey, a young couple planning
marriage, and Gary Weiss, a local attorney with a
family, along with the inebriated driver Mario Cadena.
ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed when he
crashed into two vehicles and was generously described
as having a "troubled past" regarding alcohol.
Cardena had been arrested for drunk driving starting
in 2001, did not have a license to drive and apparently
had appeared in
Judge Julie Cantrell`s court on several occasions.
But she never called ICE to come get a dangerous chronic
drunk driver, even though the deadly conclusion was not
The list goes on:
Dwane Braswell and his 9-year-old son Jerry were
killed in a fiery North Carolina wreck caused by an
Luciano Telles had
two prior DUI convictions, but was not deported.
Marine Brian Mathews survived a tour of Iraq but
was killed along with his date Jennifer Bowers on
Thanksgiving night, 2006, when a very inebriated
Mexican smashed into the pair`s car at an
Eduardo Morales-Soriano had been held by police in an
earlier accident. But he was not deported, and even got
a new driver`s license—an easy Maryland DL that required
- Nashville musician and master
Charlie Derrington was killed August 1, 2006, in
a head-on collision with a drunk illegal alien.
Amazingly, Julio Villasana, the perpetrator, was a
habitual criminal who
had been deported 14 times. This case is another
enforcement disaster, because Villasana should have been
imprisoned after being caught in the U.S. after the
- In North Carolina,
Scott Gardner was killed and his wife
Tina was left severely brain damaged and remains
since the 2005 crash.
According to Scott`s mother Emily Moose, her son
"didn`t have to die"— if the authorities had
cracked down on drunk drivers like
Ramiro Gallegos, the perpetrator, who had prior
arrests for DUI but was never repatriated.
Because of the Gardner case and other preventable
illegal alien crimes,
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) tried to enact legislation
that would have made one DUI an immediately deportable
offense. She reintroduced the
Scott Gardner Act in 2007. It has not been
considered in the Democrat-run Congress. But it is good
to know that at least one member of the House has tried
to legislate against illegal alien crime. Unfortunately,
Myrick`s problem-solving attitude is not the norm among
The bad news about enforcement is this: Even the
arrests of an illegal alien for multiple violent,
dangerous or despicable offenses does not guarantee that
he will be locked up and
properly deported at the end of his incarceration.
Prisons are as much about crime prevention as
punishment. But they have not been sufficiently utilized
to protect us citizens from the world`s criminal
crime-inclined foreigners are allowed to run amok,
the lives of innocent citizens are made far more
hazardous. We pay our taxes for government to maintain
public safety first and foremost, but liberal
politicians believe that a
kumbaya approach would be nicer that punishment.
However, government`s primary obligation—to protect
the people—has been run off the rails by the presence of
millions of lawless foreigners. This has undercut a
basic tenet of the American social contract: that laws
should apply equally to all. A sanctuary city or
state turns that idea on its head by making lawbreaking
foreigners a uniquely protected class.
Even liberal hack Willie Brown, the former Assembly
speaker and Mayor of San Francisco, described the
sanctuary policy as
"corrupted" and "hard to defend."
It`s rare to get any reliable statistics about
illegal alien crime, presumably because the government
doesn`t want people to know what a rotten job it is
doing of protecting them. But an interesting research
project has looked under that rock.
“LOS ANGELES — The
numbers can look staggering. Nearly 20,000 inmates in
California`s state prison system have ICE holds on
them, meaning there`s a good chance they`re illegal
immigrants. More than 3,000 of those inmates are serving
time for murder.” [Special
Report: Prisons Crowded with Illegal Inmates,
KTLA News, Los Angeles, July 18, 2008]
It`s long past time to discard the fiction—so useful
for the government—that violent crimes at the hands of
illegal aliens are rare events. It is vital that
Americans are told the larger pattern of
the illegal alien crime wave.
Enoch Powell remarked 40 years ago, "The supreme
function of statesmanship is to provide against
The same could certainly be said about law
enforcement against immigrant crime.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. She is cheered by the
idea that even smug San Francisco is not completely nuts
and its denizens would prefer somewhat more traditional
law enforcement, if such an idea may be spoken aloud.