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Tuesday, July 14

Looks as if Donald Trump is telling the truth about many Mexican illegal immigrants

Before I turn to the main event, this report from CBS News published 4:34 AM EDT today, Prison boss sacked over "El Chapo" escape presents technical details about the prison break that make it virtually certain Guzman had considerable help from officials in the prison where he was incarcerated in orchestrating the elaborate tunneling that made his escape possible. 
 
And this scathing July 13 editorial by The Dallas Morning News (With El Chapo's brazen prison escape, Mexico’s reputation is on the line) makes it clear that in the opinion of the paper's editorial board, institutional corruption going up to the highest levels of government in the country was the ultimate facilitator of Guzman's escape. 

 
However, the editorial inadvertently points a finger at American officials, as does the CBS report. My takeaway from both reports is that if the Americans are so all-fired sure that Mexico's government isn't willing to control its cartel problem, how is that Washington keeps soft-pedaling its complaints to the government? 


Of course the answer is well known. It boils down to NAFTA, the great usefulness of cheap illegal Mexican labor to many Americans, and the American companies that are offshoring manufacturing in Mexico. 

 
But as the following report points out, there are indeed a great many violent criminals among those immigrants, as Donald Trump has claimed. The author of the report blames Leftists and their support of "sanctuary cities" for the outrage. I think the blame could be spread to other factions as well, including business interests that greatly profit from cheap illegal labor. 


And I think it's time to stop playing ostrich about the amazingly free rein that gangs connected to the Mexican cartels enjoy in some of America's biggest cities, including Chicago. So instead of clucking uselessly at corruption in Mexico's government, we should be asking more pointed questions about corruption in our big city governments -- and whether it extends to the state levels and even higher.


I'm omitting several paragraphs from the following report in order to highlight the threat posed to Americans by official tolerance for violent illegal aliens. The recent murder of American Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican criminal illegal alien well known to police authorities in the city and ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement), is more evidence that the threat is very serious -- and that Donald Trump was justified in speaking out so strongly. 
    
By Arnold Ahlert
July 8, 2015
Canada Free Press


"Why are you doing this to the American people?"

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The case of Lopez-Sanchez itself is equally illuminating. Despite his presence in America following five deportations to his native country of Mexico, ICE turned Lopez-Sanchez over to San Francisco police on March 26 because he had an outstanding drug warrant. And despite the reality he had a record of seven felony convictions, San Francisco released Lopez-Sanchez to the streets on April 15, after the district attorney declined to prosecute him for a 20-year-old marijuana possession charge. 

In short, the feds aided and abetted the release of a serial border-buster to a sanctuary city manifestly unwilling to jail a career criminal.

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As for ICE itself, their criticism of San Francisco rings exceedingly hollow. “We’re not asking local law enforcement to do our job,’’ ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said in a statement. 

“All we’re asking is that they notify us when a serious foreign national criminal offender is being released to the street so we can arrange to take custody.’’

Utter sophistry, belied by two inconvenient realities. ICE had Lopez-Sanchez in custody before turning him over to San Francisco, and by any reasonable measure his record of five deportations should have made his continued retention a no-brainer.

Yet even more to the point, ICE itself has released tens of thousands of criminal immigrants onto America’s streets over the past two years. 

In FY2013, 36,007 criminal aliens were released, followed by another 30,558 criminal aliens in FY2014. 

ICE cited both overcrowding and the Supreme Court case Zadvydas v. Davis as their rationale for doing so. 

In that case the Court ruled the doctrine of plenary power does not allow the federal government to detain an immigrant under a deportation order indefinitely if no other country will accept him. 

As a result of that decision, 134,000 aliens were released into the general population in only three years. Moreover, ICE does not keep track of those they release -- including the 618 sex offenders given their freedom in the 2013 mass release.

In an April House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Lamar Smith challenged ICE Director Sarah Saldaña regarding those releases, honing in on that Court case. 

“One-quarter of these 30,000 criminal aliens had been convicted of level one crimes, such as murder, rape, and sexual abuse of a minor,” Smith revealed. 

“Of those 30,000, only 8 percent were Zadvydas cases.” 

When Saldaña insisted that half of those released in 2014 were the result of the Zadvydas ruling, Smith noted the Obama administration was nonetheless releasing criminal aliens not affected by that ruling. 

“Why are you doing this to the American people?” Smith asked. “You know their recidivism rate is high. You know these individuals are going to be convicted of other crimes. Why are you doing this to the American people?”

The answer is as simple as it is distressing: because the Obama administration has embraced the American left’s determination to ignore any law it doesn’t like, using a policy of selective law enforcement as a club to do so. 

Just as it is with sanctuary cities, Obama’s executive actions attempting to grant amnesty to as many illegals as possible, or the administration’s continuing policy of allowing hundreds of thousands of illegals to surge over the nation’s border -- followed by their calculated dispersion throughout the nation -- the extortionist message is clear: Americans will be force-fed so-called comprehensive immigration reform, whether they like it or not.

And if that means Americans must tolerate a certain level of mayhem, such as the 860 sex offenders deported from the state of Texas during the first half of 2014, a heroin supply of which 90 percent comes from Mexico and Columbia and is brought into the nation by Mexican drug cartels, the spread of once-eradicated contagious diseases -- or the estimated 1,806 to 2,510 people murdered annually by illegal aliens -- so be it.

Why is that last number an estimate? Because no federal agency is tasked with keeping overall track of crimes committed by illegals. 

We do know, however, that a staggering 816,000 criminal aliens with charges or convictions were removed from the country between the years of 1998 and 2007. 

We know that as of 2009, DHS had identified 221,000 non-citizens in the nation’s jails, equaling 11 to 15 percent of the entire jail population.

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There is plenty more in the report that is important for Americans to know. Plenty.

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