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Merry Christmas, Michael Devlin

With additional thanks to US District Judge Jean Hamilton, Michael J. Devlin will never, ever see the light of day beyond penitentiary walls for the rest of his life.

In a Federal hearing this morning, Devlin was sentenced to 170 additional years of imprisonment to be served at the conclusion of his current life sentences previously delivered by state courts in October. 

And until Fate delivers Devlin’s final breath, we will celebrate the fact that he will never hurt another child.

Michael J. Devlin was sentenced in October to more consecutive life sentences than he could possibly survive from the multitude of charges handed down in Franklin, Washington and St. Louis counties in Missouri for the abductions and tortures of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.  Devlin pleaded guilty to every single charge.

Today’s sentencing by Judge Hamilton was far in excess of the standard Federal sentencing guideline of 30 years (duly requested by Devlin’s attorneys), and was exceptionally severe punishment for Devlin’s guilty pleas to various still and video pornography charges and for transporting Hornbeck across multiple state boundaries.

Todd Frankel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice recounting of today’s hearing here.

With all cases against Devlin now having reached their conclusions, one can only wonder where Devlin will serve his time.  There is even speculation that Devlin may be given a new identity to protect him during his lifetime ahead of incarceration.

Regardless, it is my fervent hope that Devlin lives a long, long, long life…

Michael Devlin Bouncing About

There hasn’t been much information lately about Missouri’s most notorious alleged child molester, Michael J. Devlin, as many of his court hearings have been passed for a while.  However late last week, Devlin was temporarily transferred to St. Louis County to await his arraignment there on those 71 felony counts (69 forcible sodomy and 2 kidnapping) coming next month.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke facilitated Devlin’s transfer last week, but will have Devlin back in the Franklin County Jail soon after the arraignment is concluded.

The best news in all of this is for Devlin’s legal team, led by  Ethan Corlija, who will have a month to meet with Devlin without having to drive an hour or so each way.

As you may recall, the bulk of the state’s case against Devlin resides in St. Louis County, where one count of kidnapping and the vast majority of the sodomy charges relate to Devlin’s kidnapping and sexual assault of Shawn Hornbeck for over a four-year period.  The remainder of the counts relate to his kidnapping and sexual assault of Ben Ownby.  Both boys were miraculously discovered in Devlin’s clutches four days after Ben was abducted.

The entirety of the Franklin County charges concern Ben’s abduction.  Washington County added charges of attempted murder (for trying to suffocate Shawn in his first month of captivity), kidnapping, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy, and one count of attempted forcible sodomy relating to Shawn.  There are also six federal charges rounding out the cadre of four jurisdictions involved so far.

No plea agreement has been reached by any authority with Devlin.

The prosecutors in Franklin County have answered Corlija’s request for all the info they had on Devlin (Discovery), and D.A. John Rupp has reciprocated by requesting Corlija send his info also.  Ditto in St. Louis County.

As his current court docket stands, Devlin will appear September 10 in Washington County, where the judge will rule on defense requests for a change in venue, as well as to determine how the jury pool will be selected.  His arraignment in St. Louis County is scheduled for September 19 and will hear several preliminary motions filed there.  And on October 13, Devlin will return to Franklin County, where the judge will hear various defense motions filed there, inclusive of Corlija’s latest request for a change in venue.

And the Feds wait for their turn last at bat when all else in all counties is concluded.  When the dust settles in Missouri, Devlin faces federal charges of producing child pornography and transporting a minor (Hornbeck) across state lines for the purpose of conducting criminal sex acts.

More reading?  See info on Devlin’s transfer to St. Louis County and Toelke’s insistence that Devlin will be returning to Franklin County afterwards, and info about Devlin’s arrival in St. Louis County and the issues anchored there.

For background info, I’ve written previously about Devlin’s case here, here, here, here, and in about 25 other posts, at very least.  Probably the easiest way to find all of them is through wading through this Google Search.

Third Weekly Digest of Illegal Immigration in America

PREFACE: This is a recurring weekly compendium of acts and issues inherent to the matters surrounding illegal immigration in the United States.  Quite simply, the following are items of interest to me and which I feel merit further perusal by American citizens.  For the record, clearly know and understand that I am NOT anti-Hispanic or anti-immigration, but am sick, tired and damned well highly frustrated at our elected officials in Washington who are selling our nation’s future for personal gain and a hopeful new future voter base.  Despite laws enacted and funding remitted, practically NOTHING has been done to seal our wide open borders to the South AND to the North, nor has anything yet been done to end the menace and financial drain of continuing illegal immigration into our sovereign nation.

This Summer, unprecedented numbers of American citizens made their voices clearly heard in opposition of the proposed 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and, as the result, the bill died a horrible death.  Americans do not want amnesty handed to some near 20 million illegal alien criminals, who broke the law being here in the first place.  We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and BUILD THAT FENCE, which they have not.  We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and end illegal immigration and punish those who would hinder those measures, which it has only just now decided selectively to do.  Will employers be forced to end illegal hiring practices of undocumented workers?  Will the overwhelming disaster to our nation’s crops, restaurants, hotels and lawn services come to pass?  Will Americans face huge escalation in prices as a result of pulling a false economy into the light of legality?  Will Americans tire of the struggle and forget why we were enraged by amnesty and free rides to illegal aliens in the first place?

This weekly entry is my attempt to see that the latter won’t happen.

During the week of August 20-26, 2007:

Malos Muchachos

Elvira Arellano, who found sanctuary in a Chicago church for more than a year to evade deportation (again) trying to wait out the process on the back of her 8-year-old American-born son, was convinced by amnesty proponents to leave the safety of the church to speak out at a Washington protest to be held on September 12.  Amnesty folks sneaked her out of the church Wednesday, August 15, and took her to Los Angeles, where she began her speaking tour before four churches there in support of amnesty, especially for mothers of anchor children.  Elvira was apprehended by ICE in L.A. and quickly deported to Tijuana.  Elvira decried being separated from her son, while voluntarily leaving her child with virtual strangers to remain in the states.  For the many of you who don’t remember or never paid attention to her rap sheet,  Elvira first entered the US illegally in 1997, but was caught at the border and immediately deported.  On her second try just a few days later, she slipped through our Mexican border unnoticed.  She found a variety of jobs and gave birth to her son.  But in 2002, she was arrested at O’Hare Airport in Chicago when authorities discovered she was using a fake social security number in her job cleaning planes at the airport.  Elvira was finally convicted of social security fraud and in an immigration hearing early last Summer, the judge ordered Elvira to prepare for deportation.  Elvira chose instead to once more snub our laws and entered the sanctuary of the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago.  Since her deportation, amnesty rights activists have tried to rally support for her return with a series of protest marches in Los Angeles, but have so far failed to draw any significant support beyond a handful of marchers.  But don’t feel so bad for Elvira — she has become the “TALK OF TIJUANA” and is being praised, wined-and-dined and heralded as a hero for defying US authorities for taking sanctuary in that Chicago church.  Of course, Tijuana is full of illegal aliens deported from the US.

Sergio Hernandez, 20 and an illegal alien from Mexico, died from driving drunk in Wausau, Wisconsin when his car hit a deer and then three utility poles, knocking out power to nearly 5,000 residents.  Sergio had a long history of alcohol abuse, as well as using a myriad of fake identities.

Ramon Zamora-Soldano, 41 and an illegal alien, dragged two young girls (ages 5 and 6) attending a birthday party in Gastonia, North Carolina into his apartment by their hair, locked his door and proceeded to prepare to rape them.   The girls’ parents broke into the apartment where they found Soldano with his pants down and one girl struggling with her dress pulled up. 

Two-year-old Kelynn Byrd died from extreme blunt chest and abdominal trauma after his mother’s boyfriend, Michael Hernandez, an illegal alien from Mexico, kicked the child to death in Coweta, Oklahoma near Tulsa.

28 illegal aliens were nabbed in connection with a raid of Smithfield Food’s slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina.  Of those, 13 were women, 15 were men, 25 illegal aliens were from Mexico, 2 from Guatemala, and 1 from Honduras. All are believed to have committed crimes tied to identity thefts.

The notoriously violent Hispanic MD-13 gang coterie has had 128 of its members arrested by ICE in San Diego raids.  All are Mexican citizens and 68 are here illegally, MANY of those with significant criminal records.  It was the largest dragnet yet of the MD-13 gangs by ICE’s Operation Community Shield.

Customs Agents in El Paso, Texas have made the largest single seizure of Heroin in recent years — larger than the total amount seized in 2005 — when they found nearly 11 pounds stuffed into the dashboard of a car driven by illegal alien from Mexico, 37-year-old Eliverto Piedra Rincon, who was trying to smuggle the heroin over the border bridge.  Rincon was living illegally in Raleigh, North Carolina before his arrest.

Last Sunday, August 19, was a busy one for Border Patrol agents in Arizona.  They nabbed two illegal aliens 3 miles north of the border, who had left another man alone in the desert to die from convulsions (they found the man’s body, too), they stopped an RV 32 miles north of the border near Sonoita with 54 illegal aliens crammed inside, and a tipster in Nogales who claimed a child was being held for ransom led to the arrests of 72 illegal aliens crammed into two separate “stash” houses.  No word since about whether the child ransom claim has been substantiated.  By the way, the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner’s office has seen 170 illegal alien deaths since January 1, 2007 — the largest number of deaths of illegal aliens who crossed their county’s border with Mexico recorded so far.

Here is a blog post from VDARE that will chill your soul and offer a ton of insight.  Rodrigo Mendoza, illegal alien from Mexico, was drunk with a blood alcohol level of .30, put his wife and three children into his pickup and, at a speed greater than 80 miles per hour, lost control and slammed down an embankment.  His 6-year-old son, Bryan was killed when he was thrown from the truck and the other two children were seriously injured, as was his wife.  Rodrigo was sentenced to six years in prison, while his wife, who stated in court, “In my culture, you do what your husband says,” (relating to her not trying to stop her extremely drunk husband from getting behind the wheel in the first place) was sentenced to a year’s probation for recklessly endangering her children.

Raul Tovar, 24, illegal alien, was arrested near Nashville, Tennessee after he was found masturbating beneath a pedestrian bridge.  He lied about his identity (of course), but was positively identified via fingerprints.  In addition to charges of indecent exposure, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and “criminal impersonation”(?), he faces deportation.

US Customs & Border Patrol agents apprehended 58 illegal aliens living in a small house in Alamo, Texas just East of McAllen.  The tally was 15 women and 43 men, of whom were 33 illegal aliens from Mexico, 19 from Brazil, 3 from Honduras, 2 from San Salvador, and 1 from Peru.

Eight illegal aliens from Central America were arrested by County Police at Panama City Beach, Florida construction sites, all of whom were using stolen social security numbers for employment.  Seven of the men were working on a job at the Bay County Courthouse.

56 illegal aliens from Mexico and other Central and South America countries were found in horrible living conditions crammed inside a Floresville, Texas mobile “stash” home with no water and little food.  Some required medical care at the scene prior to their arrests.  There were 37 men, 19 women and 11 juveniles forced to live in the squalid conditions before being smuggled further into the country.  Various authorities are still searching for the smugglers who kept them there.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Jose Rivera, an illegal alien already deported once back to Honduras, is believed to be a serial rapist authorities have searched for for nearly three years.  Rivera was convicted for car theft and deported in 2006.  While rape charges are pending, Rivera has been levied with federal charges for re-entering the US after being convicted of a felony.

Tampa police are searching for Gloria Ines Bustamante, 51, an illegal alien from Columbia, who is believed to be the ring-leader of an organized group selling Florida drivers licenses to illegal aliens for $1,200 each.  Gloria was working with Deisy Oropesa, a former customer service rep in the Hillsboro County Tax collector’s office, who was indicted on federal charges of lying in documents that said the illegal aliens provided valid passports to prove their US citizenship before issuing the licenses.  Oropesa confessed to selling fraudulent licenses and “altering the citizenship status of 58 people obtaining driver’s licenses, and being paid $200 per transaction.  (Nearly $12,000.)  Oropesa also confessed to being paid $25,000 by Bustamante and her ring of organized drivers license defrauders.

A Mexican man who has been deported from the United States twice in the last 13 years received an 80-month federal prison sentence earlier this week for unlawfully being in the country.  Ricardo Sanchez-Lopez, 47 and illegal alien from Mexico, has been a criminal his entire adult life.  While living illegally in the US, he has been convicted of 12 charges involving drunk driving and public intoxication, as well as 4 convictions on various assault charges.  He used six different fake identities until he was finally identified by fingerprints when arrested in Tennessee on an aggravated assault charge.  He won’t be doing any time for the assault, since the matter was transferred to federal court that resulted in this 80-month sentence prior to deportation (again).

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Our super-duper high-tech “virtual fence” planned for the more remote areas of our US-Mexican border is in big trouble.  According to a Wall Street Journal article on Thursday, the project (a portion of which was due to be completed in June, 2007) is tremendously behind schedule, its contractor (Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems unit) has undergone a massive project management restructuring, and cost estimates have exploded to near $30 BILLION for the entire project.  Worst of all, the fence — that relies upon flawless integration of motion sensors, special lighting, high-resolution cameras and sophisticated radar systems — doesn’t work.  According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Richard L. Skinner, “Boeing has had trouble getting the different components to work together without glitches.”  Add to this the fears in Congress for Inspector General Skinner’s comments that the Boeing contract is in the “high-risk” category for waste and abuse because of its scope, its dollar value, and “vulnerabilities stemming from the lack of acquisition management capacity.”  According to the Journal, the DHC failed to “lay the foundation to oversee and assess contractor performance and control costs and schedule of this major investment,” said Skinner during a Congressional testimony last month.  What this means, kiddos, is if Boeing can’t deliver that virtual fence, we’ll have to scrap all those plans, eat a mucho dose of billions of dollars in losses and start from scratch with a hard fence that will cost more and take much, much longer.

With more than $800 Million in the Secure Fence Act coffers, only 17.9 of the 854 miles of border fencing has been built as of August 10, 2007 and Republican Presidential Candidate and California Congressman Duncan Hunter has sent a letter to President Bush detailing just how far behind the project is that, by law, requires 392 miles of fencing from Calexico, Calif., to Douglas, Ariz., to be completed by May 30, 2008 and another 30 miles of fencing be completed in the Laredo, Texas, sector by Dec. 31, 2008.  The letter politely demands President Bush to build that fence.

If President Bush is serious about getting tough on U.S. employers who hire illegal aliens, he can start with his own administration, which employs thousands of unauthorized workers, says California Congressman Duncan Hunter, the top Republican on the House immigration subcommittee.  A 2006 audit showed federal, state and local governments are among the biggest employers of the half-million persons in the U.S. illegally using “non-work” Social Security numbers — numbers issued legally, but with specific instructions that the holders are not authorized to work in the U.S.  According to the 2006 audit by the Social Security inspector general, 17 of the 100 worst employers using employees with non-work numbers were government agencies: seven federal agencies, seven state agencies and three local governments. That means the government knows who those employees are, but usually does not go after them.

Aha!  I’ve been waiting for this one:  A week after unveiling a major crackdown on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, the Bush administration is now conceding that its most heavily touted weapon in pursuing employers — an assault against Social Security fraud — will be nearly useless.  That’s because when the Social Security Administration warns employers about bogus identification numbers, it remains barred from also alerting the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that’s supposed to hand out penalties.

Muy Estúpido

Olivia Avila became a US citizen two years ago, but for five years before that was an illegal alien working in a Kansas meatpacking plant using a stolen social security number to keep her job.  Olivia went to the Social Security Administration a couple of months ago and tried to collect back benefits for those five years when she was working with a stolen social security number. She now faces a multitude of federal charges, including aggravated identity theft.

Muy Buenos!

Arizona will begin construction on a 7-mile stretch of border fencing this weekIt will be the first new stretch of primary fencing built in the Tucson sector in more than a decade, with some 240 miles earmarked to continue.

Mexican commercial truck drivers coming into the US for NAFTA-sanctioned trade in Laredo must be able to speak English, and that requirement is stirring a heated debated among Mexican trucking companies.  The law requiring truck drivers to speak English is not new.  It’s been on the books for many years, but it just now being enforced following the recent failure of the fed’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Amnesty) bill.

The Patriot’s Border Alliance group held its first border ops event in Palominos, Arizona (birthplace of the Minutemen Project), in concert with several other volunteer patrol groups including the Minutemen, and netted nearly 50 new volunteers and a wealth of praise and appreciation from US Border Patrol agents.  Best news of all was the group did not see one single illegal crossing during the event, a first among volunteers monitoring our border with Mexico.  The group is planning a 30-day muster (gathering) in October in the same area and will work again alongside Border Patrol and volunteers from other organizations.  I can’t relate how much I appreciate and respect everyone who volunteers for such a mission. 

Virginia’s only Hispanic state lawmaker is crafting legislation that would cut off state funding to any locality providing sanctuary to illegal aliens.

In the aftermath of the Newark, New Jersey executions of three black college-bound students, New Jersey’s Attorney General Anne Milgram set a policy Wednesday to require all local police officers to ask about the immigration status of suspects charged with serious crimes, and to notify federal immigration authorities if there is reason to believe the suspect is in the country illegally. The requirements, which go into effect immediately, apply to suspects arrested for indictable offenses and for driving while intoxicated.  Too bad New Jersey didn’t decide to do this all along, instead of providing sanctuaries for an estimated million or so illegal aliens up to now.  If they had, three families in Newark would be rejoicing in setting up college dorm rooms for their children instead of mourning their unbelievably evil-born deaths.

Part 2: The Weekly Digest of Illegal Immigration in America

PREFACE: This is a recurring weekly compendium of acts and issues inherent to the matters surrounding illegal immigration in the United States.  Quite simply, the following are items of interest to me and which I feel merit further perusal by American citizens.  For the record, clearly know and understand that I am NOT anti-Hispanic or anti-immigration, but am sick, tired and damned well highly frustrated at our elected officials in Washington who are selling our nation’s future for personal gain and a hopeful new future voter base.  Despite laws enacted and funding remitted, practically NOTHING has been done to seal our wide open borders to the South AND to the North, nor has anything yet been done to end the menace and financial drain of continuing illegal immigration into our sovereign nation.

This Summer, unprecedented numbers of American citizens made their voices clearly heard in opposition of the proposed 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and, as the result, the bill died a horrible death.  Americans do not want amnesty handed to some near 20 million illegal alien criminals, who broke the law being here in the first place.  We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and BUILD THAT FENCE, which they have not.  We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and end illegal immigration and punish those who would hinder those measures, which it has only just now decided selectively to do.  Will employers be forced to end illegal hiring practices of undocumented workers?  Will the overwhelming disaster to our nation’s crops, restaurants, hotels and lawn services come to pass?  Will Americans face huge escalation in prices as a result of pulling a false economy into the light of legality?  Will Americans tire of the struggle and forget why we were enraged by amnesty and free rides to illegal aliens in the first place?

This weekly entry is my attempt to see that the latter won’t happen.

During the week of August 13-19, 2007.

Malos Muchachos

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

“He tore an entire family apart.”  Juan Felix Salinas, 42, illegal alien from Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was drunk at three times the legal limit, speeding like a bat out of Hell and dashing in and out of lanes dodging Houston traffic last Saturday night when his van slammed into the back of a Toyota Corolla on the East Freeway.  Within seconds, the Toyota caught fire.  Despite the best efforts of several citizens, who tried to fight the fire with extinguishers while trying desperately to free the family trapped inside, Tenisha Williams, 26, her new husband S.J. Williams, and Tenisha’s two-year-old son Xavier Brown all burned to death.  Tenisha and Shermery were married on 07-07-07 and the young family was on their way home from having seen a movie.  Juan has a rap sheet of drunken and violent behavior, most recently including a March 31 domestic violence charge for which he was free on bond by Jacinto City, Texas.  Juan is on hold by ICE pending three expected charges of intoxicated manslaughter.

Meanwhile, in Virginia Beach, Virginia in a case Bill O’Reilly hammered upon, illegal alien from Mexico Alfredo Ramos, 22, has pleaded “I’m guilty, judge, of all the charges” and now faces up to 40 years in prison for the March 30 drunk driving deaths of Alison Kunhardt, 17, and Tessa Tranchant, 16.  Ramos, driving 65 in a 45, slammed into the teens’ car stopped at a city stop light.  During the seven years Ramos has been living illegally in the US, he has racked up quite a few drunk driving charges.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 5.

In Marshalltown, Iowa, about an hour northeast of Des Moines, the Feds have charged a meatpacker labor union official leading the members over at the Swift plant for not only harboring illegal aliens, but for teaching them how to falsify identities and protect them down the road.   Braulio Pereyra-Gabino, 58, a naturalized American hailing from Argentina also likes to share his life’s lessons learned while living in America as an illegal alien, along with a host of employment tactics he learned during the 1996 and recent raids of illegal aliens at the Swift plant.

Two married couples from India happen to own a couple of run-down motels in Harlingen, Texas.   Following an ICE undercover investigation, the four have pleaded guilty in Harlingen, Texas for harboring and abetting the smuggling of a short ton of illegal aliens from Mexico in their two motels.  Joining the four Bhaktas in smuggling and harboring is illegal alien Domingo Santibanez of Mexico, who admitted to sneaking the illegals across the US-Mexico border for their $400 a nite luxury stays with ten to a room.  Normally, the Bhaktas only charge $40 to stay in their A/C-deprived, no ice and unplugged coke machine rat nests.

Five construction workers were resting for a few moments, sitting on a guard rail on Route 29 near Burtonsville, Maryland and protected by their work trucks.  And along came Manuel De Jesus Gonzalez-Geronimo, 31, illegal alien from Guatemala, who hit one of the parked trucks sparking a chain reaction causing another truck to crash into the men and that killed one man instantly, killed another who died in the hospital, and seriously injured three others.  Manuel deserted his wrecked van at the scene and fled on foot, then turned himself in a tad bit later to authorities.

Texas Border Patrol agents finally caught a supremo-evil illegal alien the whole country has been searching for more than a decade when they grabbed Yong Orellana Bonilla, 33, trying to sneak past them along some railroad tracks in Sarita (tiny little town between Corpus Christi and Harlingen along the coast).  Back in 1997, Bonilla and his pal, illegal alien Salramon Gonzales, kidnapped, tortured and repeated raped two other men they tied up in their apartment in Dunn, North Carolina (near Fayetteville) and finally succeeded in killing one man by rape-led strangulation.  Bonilla and Gonzales fled, but Gonzales was finally found in 2001, was convicted of murder and kidnapping in 2002, and is now serving a 39 year sentence in a North Carolina penn.  Bonilla has been skipping all around the US with stolen identities and a myriad of aliases…until now.

The Texas family of Dani Countryman learned this week that the 15-year-old’s murderer, illegal alien Alejandro Rivera Gamboa, less than NINE MONTHS BEFORE HE MURDERED DANI had pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge and was clearly known to be an illegal alien by the Oregon courts.  In the plea agreement, Gamboa signed the following statement:  “I understand that if I am not a citizen of the United States, a criminal conviction could cause me to be deported, denied United States citizenship, or refused the right to re-enter the United States.”  I wonder how that judge is sleeping lately, since no one bothered to call ICE at all.

VERIZON and at least one of its subcontractors are in hot water in Western Pennsylvania, after quite a few illegal aliens have been discovered working on fiber optic installations.  Plum city officials have killed 27 work permits to Verizon, suspending all fiber optic work in the area to the elated delight of the fair citizens of the borough.

A 52-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, Ruben Hernandez-Juarez, was arrested in Indiantown, Florida and charged with sexual battery on a child after molesting a 6-year-old boy.

While trying to outrun and escape police near San Isidro, California, a stolen truck full of illegal aliens collided with another vehicle killing one illegal alien, sending four more illegals to the hospital with injuries, and two more illegals scattered into the brush and escaped the scene.  It is yet unknown whether the coyote was nabbed in the mele.  Our prayers to the family of local resident Alicia Fuentes, who was killed at the scene when the truck of illegals slammed into her car.  Alicia was driving her sister to the Post Office at the time.  Residents in the area say human smuggling is commonplace in their area.

One of three National Guardsman stationed along the Texas-Mexico border accused of corruption has pleaded guilty in a Laredo federal court for transporting and conspiracy to transport more than 100 illegal aliens into the US.  Jose Rodrigo Torres, 24, admitted to hiding illegals inside government vehicles and bypassing border checkpoints, all while in uniform and on duty.  Also arrested were Guard Sgt. Julio Cesar Pacheco and Sgt. Clarence Hodge, Jr., along with Pacheco’s sister and brother-in-law.  All four of these pleaded not guilty at their arraignments earlier this year.

Sleep Vail County in Colorado is experiencing a “drastic increase” in violent crimes, thanks to illegal aliens there.

An illegal alien, who has already been deported TWICE, has been arrested for fondling an 8-year-old girl in Huron, Pennsylvania.   Lucio Sanchez-Martinez, 32, just walked right into the girl’s apartment, laid down on her bed where she was sleeping, and began rubbing her thigh.  According to the police report, the girl notified her father of what had just happened, when the perp left.  “The father found Sanchez-Martinez and said Sanchez-Martinez threw a punch at him, according to the police report. The father told police he ducked the punch, then punched Sanchez-Martinez in the face and threw him down a flight of stairs. Sanchez-Martinez suffered slight injuries, but the father was not charged in the incident.”  Sanchez-Martinez will also face charges for illegally entering the residence.

Three illegal aliens are in custody in Brewster, New York on various sexual offense charges.  Sergio Antonio Martinez-Garza, 32 from Guatemala, has been accused of sexually fondling and abusing two girls, ages 10 and 11.  Meanwhile, Pedro Sagastume, 21, and Jeremiaz Perez, 22, have been accused of the statutory rape two girls, ages 13 and 15, in the men’s apartment.

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Hmmm…  Is Worcester, Massachusetts planning on becoming the latest “Sanctuary City” in the United States to harbor and protect illegal aliens???

The US Census Bureau is asking federal authorities to suspend any and all “raids” and investigations of illegal aliens and their activities nationwide prior to their conducting the 2010 census of our population.  The federal government “informally” did so, by the way, before, during and immediately after population counts were taken in 2000.

A huge fire is building down in New Orleans, where a class-action suit has been filed by several subcontractors working on post-Katrina rebuilding efforts citing flagrant abuses by other subcontractors using illegal alien workers, paying them illegally low wages and thereby causing hundreds of legal workers to be out-bid for jobs by out-of-town, “fly-by-night” contractors skirting labor laws.  “They’re paying cash money with no matching Social Security, no benefits, no taxes, no workmen’s comp,” said the head of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.  Nearly 40% of LEGAL painters, electricians, plumbers, and construction laborers are out of work.  “The biggest lie in town is that we have no workers,” said Barry Kaufman, business manager for the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s Uptown New Orleans chapter.

No!  Say it ain’t so! Is there massive corruption in the Department of US Citizenship and Immigration Services???  In a confidential report from 2006 obtained by the Washington Times’ Sara Carter, USCIS agents have allegedly aided Islamic extremists in ID fraud, while some others are accused of committing crimes for personal gain…like the agent in Harlingen, TX who sold immigration documents for $10,000 each to 20 illegal aliens.

Did you know the new Bush plan to enforce the immigration laws already on the books also extends to illegal alien prostitutes as a recognized employment group?  Chertoff gives them 90 days to “resolve any discrepancies between social security numbers they provide to undercover police and the official records of the Social Security Administration.”   About two dozen protesters turn out in West Chester, Pennsylvania over the last weekend to decry the attack against illegal alien prostitutes.  Money quote came from “a criminal justice professor named Juan” who explained, “It’s almost impossible to find a white chick who will do a Dirty Sanchez. Let’s face it, illegal-immigrant prostitutes can’t be choosers. They’ll do the dirty jobs that other prostitutes won’t do, and they’ll do them for less money.”  Trust me, this article linked above is a MUST READ.  I haven’t laughed so hard in quite a while!!!

Even as President Bush is withdrawing half of the National Guard Troops right now that he sent to the US-Mexico border in 2006 to help build fences, the Border Patrol is now desperately seeking volunteers to help them meet the President’s goal of finishing 70 miles of fencing by fiscal year end of September 30.  The Border Patrol sector chiefs said their fence-building efforts are going to fall short.  Just one more little dittie that reinforces why so many (like me) believe Bush was never, ever serious about building that fence, hum?

I’m admittedly torn as to where to log this one:  Crazy Politicians or the Very Stupid.  Florida’s  21st Congressional District should be looking for a replacement for their REPUBLICAN Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.  Hot Air is hosting a video of Balart’s speech before last month’s national convention of La Raza that chaps my royal laurels, as Rep. Balart panders to the Latino crowd.  Skip ahead to the five minute mark:  “I just want to leave you with one thought:  For the Hispanic community in the United States, and not only for the interests of our children and their children, for the interests of our entire Hispanic community…and also for the National interest and the national success of the great United States of America, it is important that we emphasize the Spanish language and that we keep the Spanish language and that we transmit than emphasis to our children and to our grandchildren.”  (Then he warbles a repeat of the same statement in Spanish.)  Doesn’t this wacko realize that the Democrats claim to have all dibs on Hispanic voters these days and in those to come…?

The Great State of Utah is requesting the Federal Government refund them up to $85 Million dollars per year for their costs of educating illegal alien children.  A recent state audit of Utah’s elementary, secondary and high school populations revealed between 10,714 and 16,667 illegal alien students were provided a free education during the 2006-2007 school year.

Adopting McCain’s bite-back tactic of suggesting Romney’s Immigration Plan is to “get out his small-varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard,” Blithering Dunderhead Mitt Romney skewered Mega-Idiot Rudy Giuliani for creating the nation’s greatest sanctuary city for illegal aliens.  Rudy, ever the panderer, offers a press release citing example after example of how he has complained to the Federal Government during the last 25 years.  So, since McCain is thankfully out of the picture, who do you think will do a better job of keeping his word if elected President: Mitt or Rudy?  I vote Fred.  😉

Later in the week, Rudy was caught with his pants down around his pandering ankles.  On April 14, Rudy presents this quote, “We can end illegal immigration.  I promise you, we can end illegal immigration.”  (Applause)  Hillary’s pals dug up a Mayor Rudy speech before Harvard nearly eleven years ago:  “We’re never, ever going to be able to totally control immigration into a country that is as large as ours that has borders as diverse as the borders of the United States….We just have to accept that if we want to be the kind of country that we are.”  Yep, HotAir has the video for you to watch and hear for yourself.

In New Haven, Connecticut, two Latino immigration rights groups have filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security for the raids there earlier this summer than netted 30 illegal aliens.  Hilariously, their primary claim is that the raids were performed in retaliation for the city’s new ID card program open to all residents, legal or illegal.  At least, they’re not claiming false imprisonment or that ICE failed to do its job.

A hornet’s nest has been stirred up in Spring Valley, New York after the city’s mayor hired a raft of illegal aliens from a day laborer hangout to work on a city public works project in July.  Further, the mayor, George Darden, has hired illegal aliens to work for him personally, including one used recently to haul away some furniture.  A 76-year-old resident, Odell Cureton, is spearheading a petition demanding state and federal  investigations into the village’s illegal alien hiring practices, since local ones apparently have chosen to look the other way.  Now the village officials are considering implementing new policies to “comply with federal and state immigration and labor laws.”

Henceforward, any companies wishing to do business with the government of Anne Arundel County in Maryland must sign an affidavit swearing they do not hire illegal aliens.  “Any company that is complying with federal law and not hiring illegal immigrants will have nothing to be concerned about,” said County Executive John Leopold, who issued the executive order this week.  Unfortunately, federal law prohibits the county from investigating whether an employer hires illegals or not, and this order will rely upon ICE bringing any violations to their attention.

A Louisville, Tennessee apartment management company has notified its residents that they will evict anyone in their Lakeview Apartments who are illegal aliens.  Expect intervention on this one, since the management company only offered residents two weeks’ notice, instead of the federally-mandated 30 days for an eviction and furthermore must be due to nonpayment, destruction or illegal activity.  The company cited its concerns over violation of occupancy fire codes, since they have no idea who and how many people are living in the apartments, and also fear being accused of harboring illegal aliens down the road.

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In the northeast suburb of Chicago called Carpentersville Village, local Latinos are protesting a town council move to require all vehicles stopped by police with unlicensed drivers and/or carrying no auto liability insurance be towed and impounded. The village is about 40% Hispanic and local wackos decry the impoundment measure as an “anti-immigrant” movement designed to oppress their community.  City officials see the measure as a means of cracking down on recent escalation of their already high rates of drunk driving and drivers without licenses and insurance.  The village has tabled discussion on a proposed ordinance that would punish businesses who hire illegal aliens and the landlords who rent to them until the US Supreme Court concludes its review of the Hazelton, PA ordinance under attack by the ACLU.

Remember Elvira Arellano, one of our more prominent poster children for illegal alien sanctuaries?  She celebrated one year on August 15 for evading deportation behind the sanctuary veil of Chicago’s Aldalbertos United Methodist Church, where she has been living with her 8-year-old anchor son and never venturing outside.  Now Elvira has decided to make her way to Washington to assist in congressional lobbying efforts for immigration reform slated for September 12.  As stated, she likely will not fly…

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The Hispanic anti-illegal alien group You Don’t Speak for Me” is headed to Newark, New Jersey for a rally this Sunday and they plan to talk about crimes committed by illegal aliens in the US, not the least of which was the massacre there of three college-bound young people.  Among their statistics collected are that 12 US citizens are MURDERED DAILY by illegal aliens and another 13 are KILLED ACCIDENTALLY EACH DAY by illegal alien drunk drivers and in other accidents spawned by illegal aliens.  See the group’s website here.

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.)

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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.

A June Update on Michael Devlin; Corlija Draws Former Client’s Wrath

Nothing has hit the airwaves recently regarding Michael Devlin or any of his cases in Franklin, Washington and St. Louis counties in Missouri.  But I take that as good news, since it means everyone is keeping their mouths shut and getting down to business.

Devlin’s next court appearance will come next week, on Thursday, June 21, when his attorneys file an appearance before their fairly newly appointed judge in Franklin County, The Hon. Stanley Dale Williams.  (I noted the change in judges and a few other minor updates last month.)

The appearance hearing should be fairly quick, but  I imagine Mr. Ethan Corlija will present his Defendant’s Request for Change of Venue and perhaps others.  We’ll see.

Speaking of Mr. Corlija, he has apparently raised the ire of a former client.  In a lengthy post three days ago (June 12th) to RipoffReport, “Lisa” titles her complaint, “Ethan Corlija …lawyer will lie and deceive to take your money, then provide little or no defense Clayton Missouri.” 

As they say, “Hell hath no fury…”

Just in case that page mysteriously disappears, allow me to offer it here, in its entirety, for posterity’s sake:

“…

Ethan B. Corlija of the law offices of Hogan, Sokolik, Corlija And Kielty located in downtown Clayton missouri practices fraudulent and deceptive practices by making false promises regarding criminal defense cases. He will lie about the ‘connections’ he has in the Saint Louis County Court system by name dropping and using his prior employment at the facility as a selling point to attempt to steal your money. DONT BUY INTO THIS!

He was a level 4 prosecutor in Saint Louis County, the lowest in existence. He only worked there for approximately 1.5 years and has no pull with the staff whatsoever. He will accept a small retainer for his services and if, on your date in court, you do not have the remanding balance he will tell you to ‘get it now, or I will go tell the judge I want off your case’.

He will lie to you about your release date/probationary period end date by knowingly incorrectly informing you of the Missouri DOC parole schedule and/or the County Jail’s ‘Good Time’ system.

For instance, he told me that on a 120 day shock sentence that I would be out in 90 days. Untrue, you must do the whole 120 days. He told me on a 3 year backup that I would be paroled in 6 months. Untrue, on an assault charge you must do 33% of your sentence or 1 year at a minimum. He stated before my court date that ‘you aren’t going to jail, I don’t make money by having incarcerated clients’. Untrue, most of his clients are in jail or have had to do some period of incarceration.

If you want a good lawyer you would be well advised to call the offices of RSRG. I had to do so just to have the mess Mr. Corlija got me in cleaned up. It cost me ten’s of thousands to do so.
Lisa
University City, Missouri
U.S.A.

…”

Personally, I think this gal is a Class A spook.  She is obviously enraged that she couldn’t walk away from her “assault charge” and has blamed Corlija in witless detail for having to serve her full sentence, which she clearly understands was mandatory as noted above in her own words.  A lot of attorneys attract the ire of clients when things don’t go as well as the clients hoped.  But most clients are not stupid enough to post such a long and easily identifiable rant as Lisa has done.  Of course, committing an “assault charge” could be fairly strong proof of that, with the disclaimer being I know nothing whatsoever about her case.

If anything she has written is not true, moreover not provable…

Lisa, meet libel per se:  “broadcast or written publication of a false statement about another which accuses him/her of a crime, immoral acts, inability to perform his/her profession, having a loathsome disease (like syphilis) or dishonesty in business.  Such claims are considered so obviously harmful that malice need not be proved to obtain a judgment for “general damages,” and not just specific losses.”   (Emphasis mine.)  Yet malice is obvious in her post.

Mr. Corlija and his team are likely up to their hair follicles in trying to defend Devlin against citations in three Missouri counties and the Feds, as well.  So this one may have escaped his radar, but I doubt it.   I’m sure Lisa’s rant is the least of his concerns right now.

I readily admit I feel for this fellow and his firm.  They landed a business coup with the Devlin case, but unless Devlin has a benefactor, Corlija is expending huge sums in operating capital from his firm and may or may not recoup.  He is up against a fifty-foot wall of tough evidence, tough prosecutors, a set of very tough state statutes, even tougher opposing resources, overwhelming public preconviction of his client, and near insurmountable victimization by Devlin of what will be the two star witnesses at trial in Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.  Corlija’s only possible strategy is to attempt to discredit overwhelming evidence, while trying to evidence that Devlin is less of a monster than we all believe him to be.  That takes a lot of money…

In my opinion, the trade-off that Corlija, et al, hope for will come in the future if they are able to gain any compromise or (miracle required) somehow manage to reduce Devlin’s legal exposure.  If he can do that, his name (and the tremendously enhanced reputation of his firm) among criminal law circles will be written alongside the greats in history.  After all, thirteen years later, who doesn’t recognize the names, “Johnny Cochran,” “Robert Shapiro,” and (my favorite) “Barry Scheck.  I can personally guarantee you the quip, “Scheck Happens!” is still stated regularly in law firm war rooms.

Personally, every cent of my money is on the cadre’ of multi-jurisdictional prosecutors.  And I wish them God Speed.

Progeny At What Price?

Allow me to begin here by thanking my favorite blogger, Jane, for tipping me off to the recent births of two sets of sextuplets in Arizona and Minnesota.  I read her post It’s a Uterus, Mrs. Masche, Not a Clown Car last Friday and preached over the canning jars all weekend.  I strongly recommend you read it, too. 

Some may view these births as a miracle, but like Jane, I do not.  I happen to personally know well the opposite is true.  If you happen to view technological advances in infertility as progress, I’m here to tell you it comes at a huge price.  At the very least, the incredible escalation we are witnessing in large multiple births is medically unethical;  at the top of the spectrum is its undeniable virtual effect of child abuse.

On the surface, the stories of the Morrisons and Masches sextuplets born in the last few days sounds wonderful and glorious.  You can’t help but be elated at what appears to be nothing less than a miracle that finally allowed both women to have their own children. 

Brianna Morrison, 24, tried to conceive naturally for a whole year, then sought a fertility clinic recommended to them by members of their church.  She went through two cycles of Clomid injections that failed (Chlomiphene citrate, the most commonly used drug — typically administered as a pill — to increase the production of eggs and stimulate their release) and then was given Follistim (Follitropin beta, a relatively new synthetic hormone (injected in concert with hCG hormones) to stimulate egg production and used when Clomid fails). 

Within a matter of a few weeks, the Morrisons learned Brianna’s ovaries had released ten eggs, four of which were not viable, and six that had fertilized.  Without fertility drugs, human ovaries release one egg, or in exceptionally, unbelievably rare instances two.

Mrs. Morrison was dealt Follistim’s greatest side-effect of all:  Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).  Google that one.

During Brianna’s pregnancy, she took a myriad of medications to prevent miscarriage as well as to help (basically force) her body to handle the enormous nutritional and physiological strains during gestation of an unnatural number of fetuses.  In the last three months or so of her five-and-a-half-month pregnancy, she was confined to bed rest and had 24-hour nursing care to monitor the health of Brianna and her fetuses and dispense medication.

As is the norm in large multiple births, Brianna’s infants were extremely premature as she was only able to carry them for 22 weeks — the EARLIEST gestational age in which infants are considered to have any chance for survival, although that chance at most generous is considered to be a mere 10%. 

Most hospitals have a policy against resuscitation of 22-week infants, since survival without profound disabilities is so rare.  In fact, nationwide, almost all 22-week infants are recommended hospice care.  Did you know that?  It’s true.  The average human gestation — without obstetric complication — is 40 weeks (calculated from the first day of one’s last menses).  With thanks to huge technological leaps made in medical care of premature infants in the last decade, babies are generally considered “full term” at 37 weeks and have every likelihood of survival without having any developmental defects.

Just before midnight on Sunday, June 10, Brianna gave birth to four sons and two daughters.  All six remain in critical condition in Minneapolis’ Childrens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU).  The largest infant weighed merely 19 ounces (appx. 539 grams) and the smallest a terrifying 11 ounces (appx. 312 grams). 

Ten hours later down in Phoenix, Jenny Masche, 32, gave birth by Caesarian section to three boys and three girls also premature, but which she was miraculously able to carry to 30 weeks gestation. That eight weeks’ difference in the two gestations was profound and resulted in much stronger, much better developed infants to the Masches.  The largest weighed three pounds (appx. 1361 grams), but the five smaller babies required ventilation.  All  are now breathing on their own two days post delivery.

Jenny and her husband tried for years to conceive and she did, although she suffered two miscarriages.  Last year, the couple sought fertility therapy through the nation’s leading fertility clinic, Nevada Fertility CARES Wellness Center in Las Vegas.  Jenny was given ovulation stimulation drugs, presumably Clomid, and likely hCG injections.  Then, when the timing was just right, she was artificially inseminated.

Jenny’s ovulation stimulation drugs caused many eggs to be released at once.  Six eggs were fertilized. And the rest, as they say, is history.  Jenny’s babies will hopefully be released from the hospital to head home in six to eight weeks, but no one is dare speculating on when Brianna’s sextuplets will go home…the bare minimum of time likely months.

It all seems wonderful, “miraculous.”  I’m a mother and I know these two families are elated!  Of course they are!  And I wish them every joy and blessing God gives to parents.  But when the cameras quickly fade away from these sensational, spectacular births of twelve infants, these families will face nearly insurmountable challenges ahead.

The very least of problems ahead are the medical costs.  In 1994, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a comprehensive report on NICU care costs averaged across the U.S.  Back then, NICU-only costs per day to care for an infant with a gestational age of less than 24 weeks was $2,346.  Per day.  For an infant born between 30 and 32 weeks, the cost was less than half at $945.  Per day.

Then, the average cost nationwide of NICU care alone for a very low birth weight baby under 750 grams was $89,946.  Today, the hospital costs alone of treating very low birth weight infants (under 1500 grams) is over $1,000,000 per child, per hospital stay from its birth until the child is finally developed enough to be released.  That does not factor in costs of doctors, medicines, lost wages, prenatal care (which has been staggering for these families) or the huge sums reaped by the fertility clinics and their staffs.

All US health insurance carriers have lifetime maximums in benefits they will pay and typically cap benefits at $1,000,000.  You’ve got a cap — check the fine print in your explanation of benefits, or just call the number on the back of your card and ask.  At the most conservative speculation, these babies (especially the Morrison’s) will exhaust their allowed medical benefits long before they reach their first birthday.

The March of Dimes has been beating the drum about prematurity for more than 20 years.  I strongly encourage you to poke all around their site and learn why it is the Number 1 killer of infants and the Number 1 problem in Obstetrics.  The information they offer freely is amazing and 100% dead-on accurate.  Learn, people.  Thanks to fertility endeavors, this problem of large multiple births is growing by leaps and bounds.

Also very least of problems ahead are the costs of diapers (both families are soliciting donations), food (both families are soliciting donations), and once comfortable homes now found to be overwhelmingly small (both families are soliciting donations).

Way, way down on the list is the sheer number of PEOPLE who will be required to care for these children once home.  Fortunately, both families have church families who are volunteering.  That is a sincere blessing that cannot be understated.  But even with all the help in the world, the physical and mental exhaustion of merely taking basic care of six infants will be profound to both sets of parents for many years ahead.

The money necessary to support these families over the two decades ahead, regardless of instant presentations of free college tuitions and corporate sponsorships of free food and diapers, is meaningless.

The real cost — an actual crime in my mind — is to be found in the physiological and mental tragedies that have likely been inflicted upon these children, all because their parents were determined to force nature to provide them with their own genetic progeny and, once done, refused the immediate medical advice to terminate some of the fetuses (called “selective reduction) to allow others to achieve a survivable, healthy gestational age.

Unfortunately, the actual level and number of defects and, at very least, learning disabilities will not be revealed before these children reach about eight years in age.

I’m very biased on the subjects of fertility clinics, their inherent prematurities produced in births in quadruplets and greater and, therefore, their inherent and often exceptional birth defects.  For nearly a decade of my life, I was a pediatric nurse and manager of a pediatric firm with three providers.  I know billings, I know codings, I know health insurance and I know intimately the problems in medical care of low birth weight babies and their common birth defects.

For the Morrison sextuplets, so exceptionally small and young at birth, the risks are tremendous.  Those afflictions EXPECTED include:

Intracranial hemorrhaging.  Grade 1 or 2 bleeds are exceptionally common in extremely premature infants and Grade 3 or 4 bleeds provide profound learning disabilities and hydrocephalus.  Grade 1 or 2 bleeds occur in about 1/3 of babies born before 26 weeks, although there are medications that can be administered to the mother prior to birth to help lessen the chance and severity.  Coming through this is Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus.

Feeding problems requiring nasogastric tube feedings for more than 8 weeks (most babies require nasogastric feeding if born sooner than 35 gestational weeks).  Since preemie newborns have underdeveloped gastrointestinal systems too immature to absorb nutrients, the most premature cannot even digest breast milk at first.

Necrotising enterocolitis (gut problems needing medical/surgical treatment).  See above.

Patent Ductus Arteriosis.  This cardiac disorder causes profound breathing difficulties.  In the womb during development, an artery called the ductus arteriosis is kept wide open by a hormone called prostaglandin E that allows blood to be diverted from the developing lungs directly into the baby’s aorta, since babies do not breath until birth.  At full term, prostaglandin E levels have fallen dramatically and have caused this duct to close, helping the fetus’ lungs to receive blood to finalize their development and function properly in preparation for breathing on their own.

Anemia.  Preemies usually have significantly reduced levels of hemoglobin and require transfusions.

Retinopathy (an abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina caused because the infant’s vascular system in the eye hasn’t fully developed.)  Retinopathy causes serious vision impairments.

Chronic lung disease requiring ventilation (extra oxygen) for more than 8 weeks.  And the longer an infant is on a respirator, the greater the risk it will develop Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.  (Because immature lungs sometimes cannot withstand the constant pressure of the respirator.)

A very, very high risk of developing Pneumonia and sepsis.

A very, very high risk of developing a myriad of infections.  This is one major reason why preemies are placed in incubators and thereby isolated.

Another major reason for placing preemies into incubators is because preemies are born with almost no body fat and immature skin and are incapable of maintaining body heat until they reach the age of near-term.

Presence of recurrent Apnea/Bradychardia for the first seven weeks of life.

A very high likelihood of an IQ below 85

A 99% likelihood of being small in growth throughout life.

A 99% likelihood of having future need for full or part-time special education.

A 99% likelihood for special therapy with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

A 95% chance of Jaundice needing phototherapy to protect an immature liver.

Last on the short list, but not least:  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Preemies have a much higher risk.

Yes, survival today is possible for babies born at 22 weeks, but these preemies may face a lifetime of health problems.  I’ve already mentioned Cerebral Palsy and hydrocephalus, but must also add seizures, lasting neurological problems and, at very least, developmental delays.  The lucky, miraculous children suffer only with vision problems or mild developmental delays.

Not all preemies (by definition at younger than 37 gestational weeks) have medical or developmental problems.  By 28 weeks, the risk of serious complications is much, much lower.  And for babies born after 32 weeks, most medical problems are very short-term.

So, while the media reports the fantasticness of these two large multiple births, my focus is on the children themselves and the medical and mental challenges ahead of them that won’t be fully know for years.  Strides in overcoming infertility have been amazing, but don’t think for a second that they come without a staggering price sometimes.  And let me assure you the fertility clinics, doctors and medicine giants bear no liability whatsoever in any defects or disabilities these children may develop as the result of their interventions in nature.  You should see the disclaimers patients must sign prior to treatment or even consultation!

The miracle in these families did not come at conception.  Not God, but Man engineered these large litters that a human was never designed by God to birth.   The real miracle, I pray, will come from God in exempting all of these twelve children from a likelihood of lifetime disabilities that Man cannot prevent and is quite limited in an ability to effectively treat.

May God richly bless those who have long understood the intangible costs of forcing your own genetic progeny is potentially too high and turned, instead, to adopting a growing population of parentless children.

UPDATE:  6/13/07, 10:00 AM: “There’s a small amount of room for hope that at least one of the babies might survive,” says an Iowa pediatrician, professor at the UofI, and one of the most knowledgeable regarding low birth weight births in this country. What a tragedy.

UPDATE: 6/14/07 5:00 PM: “Another set of sextuplets are on the way near Tampa. The family hopes to take the fetuses to 28 weeks for delivery in mid-August.On the opposite coast, meet Brian and Gracie Soldani, who are also expecting sextuplets this Summer. Presently at 16-17 weeks gestation, Gracie is under hospital care and hopes to gestate to 32 weeks — the LONGEST time a woman has ever been able to carry six fetuses.

UPDATE: 6/17/07 7:00 AM: Three of the Morrison infants have died in the last week.

UPDATE:  7/30/07 8:36 AM:  Only one Morrison infant has survived to date and remains in critical condition.   The Masche infants, born at 30 weeks’ gestation, are doing much, much better with four infants now home.