He`s your typical Los Angeles illegal alien in many ways — a hard-working janitor, nice guy to his girlfriend`s children and weekly church-goer. Oh and he`s also a convicted death squad participant.
Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was arrested Wednesday for being an illegal alien and also a member of the Salvadoran military death squad that brutally murdered six priests in 1989 [Janitor`s secret past: a death squad, LA Times 10/26/06].
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Guevara Cerritos was one of nine Salvadoran officers and soldiers implicated in one of the most notorious massacres in El Salvador`s history: the 1989 death squad murders of six Jesuit priests whom some in the army viewed as subversives.
A sublieutenant with the Atlacatl Battalion during El Salvador`s war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, a leftist guerrilla group, Guevara Cerritos was convicted for his role in the slayings.
Last year he crossed the Arizona desert with the help of a coyote and then settled in a city with more than 250,000 other Salvadoran nationals and immigrants, perhaps not the wisest choice. He attempted to keep a low profile, but was apparently recognized by one of his countrymen and reported to the US government as a war criminal.
In fact, Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos is one of a number of war criminals to live easily in the United States, including the Ethiopian torturer Kelbessa Negewo and Bosnian executioner Marko Boskic. It`s all part of the diversity in human rights abusers which open borders afford.