The First Weekly Digest of Illegal Immigration in America

(Please note:  This post was originally published on August 13, but was overwritten when I posted my new week’s offering.  I apologize if some of the links no longer are functional, although all seem to work just fine to me…)

Beginning today and continuing weekly (such is the goal), I will be logging various crimes committed by our illustrious 12-20 million illegal aliens in the United States, as well as actions taken by local communities and our government to address the immigration issues before our nation.  If anything catches my interest on a broad scale, you’ll find it here in brief (or brief for me, at least).

Malos Muchachos

A quick and incomplete scan of the previous week’s bad boys includes the following criminals of interest:

Let us begin with those four young people in Newark, NJ, all bright young people headed for Delaware State University, who became victims of a random execution-style attack in which three were murdered and one was critically injured with a gunshot wound to the head.  All they were doing at the time was pulling into a school parking lot to play music and “hang out” together.  A 15-year-old gang thug was quickly arrested and a search launched for one of his accomplices.  Thirty-one-year-old Jose Carranza, an illegal alien from Peru with two pending trials (one for aggravated assault in a local bar last year and another for the rape of a girl no older than 9) was identified by the only survivor of the schoolyard murders.  Since turning himself in to authorities, Carranza has been joined by another 15-year-old gang thug under arrest, with at least two more to come.  Police now believe Mr. Carranza was the pack leader of this highly violent gang of Hispanic teenagers and the four students stopped on “their turf,” with the four lined up against the wall for execution in retaliation.  Very little info is available out there for a 24-year-old illegal alien from Nicaragua also sought in this executionJustine Levine, guest blogging for Paterico has an interesting report about Rodolfo Godinez (a/k/a Rodolfo Gomez).

In South Carolina, mother of 16-year-old Ben Leonard and 22-year-old Megan Hughes, who were killed with their friend Jennifer Carter, 18, in a head-on collision by habitual drunk driver Pastor Rios Sanchez, illegal alien from Mexico, vows to fight the unbelievable joke of a plea deal being offered him by local prosecutors.  The Sanchez case has become one of the most prominent stories of drunk driving deaths caused by illegal aliens in the US.

Kaufman, Texas continues to mourn the attempted rape and strangulation death of 15-year-old Dani Countryman, who was killed during a “going away party” the night before she was to return home from a month-long visit with her older sister in Portland, Oregon.  The two men arrested for her death, one of whom tried to rape Dani during the party while the other one strangled her with his boot, were Alejandro Rivera Gamboa, 24, and his cousin Gilberto Arellano Gamboa, 23.  Both are illegal aliens from Mexico.  Alejandro has been arrested on four DUI charges since 2000…but always released from jail due to illegal alien overcrowding.  The apartment complex where Dani was murdered is a well-known hangout for thugs who enjoy smoking their cigs and scratching their tattoos.  The latter articles raises a large number of questions surrounding this tragedy, notably the tragedy of Dani’s life leading up to her death.

An Hispanic illegal alien was convicted in Federal Court last week for running a brothel and prostitution ring in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota suburbs.  He was preying upon illegal alien girls and women to provide his (ahem) services over the course of a year and a half.

A 75-year-old illegal alien from Peru stole purses from two women in Stamford, Connecticut, then contacted them a week later and offered to sell their stuff back to them for $300 each.  Manuel Arbulu Gonzalez has a rap sheet going back to 1967, when he was busted in Miami on narcotics charges.  He has stayed happy as a Florida clam in the US for more than 40 years…

Marvin Hernandez, 27, an illegal alien long sought by ICE for deportation to Mexico, grabbed a 14-year-old Portsmouth, NH girl floating on an innertube at a local public wave pool and groped her TWICE, forcing his hand through her bikini bottoms.  He now faces sexual assault charges.

Jose Gonzalez, the 32-year-old owner of Tarrasco Steel in Jackson, MS, has been arrested following a massive ICE investigation for hiring a multitude of illegal aliens from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, moreover falsifying Federal I-9 forms verifying their employability and using stolen or fraudulent social security numbers for their verification.  Tarrasco has provided steel rebar and installations on a myriad of bridges constructed all across the Gulf Coast area.  An ICE raid of bridges under construction back in late March netted nearly 100 illegal aliens from several different construction firms.

Hilario Soto-Hernandez escaped punishment and was deported to Mexico in 2003 after repeatedly molesting his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter for more than six months. But he again swam the Rio Grande and returned to Fort Worth, Texas…a tipster alerted the local Crime Stoppers program and ICE of his reappearance last week.  He now faces up to 20 years in jail for sneaking back over our border.

Jose C. Rivera, an illegal alien from Mexico, has a rap sheet truly a mile long, all accumulated since 2000.  Rivera was awaiting deportation in Atlanta, when North Carolina authorities tracked him down following his brutal rapes of three Charlotte women.  Money quote from the lead paragraph of this editorial on Friday, August 10:  “If you’re furious to learn that a convicted felon and illegal immigrant was deported and walked back into the United States — only to be accused of committing multiple rapes in Charlotte — you should be. Just be sure to direct your anger at the right source.”

Loco Politicos

Last week, Americans were thrilled to hear President Bush and Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff vow to begin enforcing the many illegal immigration, employment and social security fraud laws long on the books they should have been enforcing all along, despite the administration’s warning that doing so is likely to present huge problems for our nation’s economy.  I’m glad to see the efforts, while others believe our President is merely calling “America’s bluff” by stepping up enforcement of illegal immigration and hiring of same.  Is our President deliberately trying to ”so thoroughly scare the public with the consequences that there will be a popular groundswell for amnesty ?  Is our President really thinking, “be careful what you wish for?”  Hiring illegal workers has been illegal for more than 20 years, but employers were never held liable when social security numbers were stolen or were even returned on the SSA’s “no-match” lists.  Somewhere near two-thirds of the 12-20 million illegal alien workers in the US are “on the books” employees, using either stolen or mis-matched identities.  California Senator Diane Feinstein predicts a “catastrophe” in her state’s $32 Billion agricultural industry.  Other states with the heaviest reliance upon migrant/low-skill agricultural workers include Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Illinois.  The regional impact of the new employment verification and sanction enforcements to go into effect within 30 days is expected to be substantial, perhaps seen as soon as within six months, and trickle into other low-wage industries, including household help, food packing and manufacturing, construction, hotel and food services where scrutiny is likely to be focused.  Regardless of whether one believes this new push on old laws is another Bush attempt at forcing amnesty when we all through up our hands at the financial hardship enforcing illegal immigration and hirings imposes, I feel this is a GOOD first step and one long in coming.  Now, about that border fence…

Hmmm…  A Missouri Republican House member has pleaded guilty to two counts of federal immigration fraud.  Nathan Cooper, who made his pre-political fortune as an immigration attorney, founded dummy corporations, used those companies to secure fraudulent VISAS to be used by other dummy companies in hiring illegals, deceived ICE about the immigration status of his clients’ workers and a few other tricks designed to provide needed workers to a large number of clients, including two large trucking companies in search of “qualified” drivers.  “Cooper developed a scheme to convince the government to issue improper visas and otherwise to impede the lawful operation of the H2B visa program in a number of ways,” a news release issued by the federal prosecutor’s office in St. Louis said. (H/T:  Dan Stein Report.)

Muy Estúpido

Hold onto your hat:  a Japanese firm will begin offering a free download of a new video game next month that will allow players to “step into the shoes of foreigners who run afoul of the U.S. immigration system.”  Only in America, folks.

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