The founder of NumbersUSA appeared on Fusion TV recently to discuss immigration “reform” with open-borders propagandist Jorge Ramos. Jorge wanted to focus on the alleged suffering of illegal alien lawbreakers but Roy argued for consideration of jobless American workers who shouldn’t be further harmed by a mass amnesty and doubled legal immigration.
I may be mis-remembering, but I recall Ramos as speaking English somewhat better in the past. Perhaps a thick Spanish accent is a plus in his new gig. These days he is a major talking head on the new diversity network Fusion which is covering some controversial subjects to appeal to the hip edgy crowd. Rolling Stone characterized Fusion as “a new English-language network aimed at young Latinos and their multicultural peers.”
The attitude seems to be that California should provide this character with mental health treatment, even though Colombia is a civilized country where modern psychiatry is available. It’s arrogant and racist to think that Perez couldn’t get the care he needs at home.
A man accused of performing acrobatic stunts while naked and accosting passengers at the 16th Street BART station in San Francisco last spring was released on his own recognizance, authorities said Wednesday.
Yeiner Alberto Perez Garizabalo, 24, a Berkeley acrobat, was released on the condition that he continues to receive mental health treatment, said Tamara Aparton, a spokeswoman for the public defender’s office, which represents Perez.
Perez is awaiting trial for the May 10 incident, which was caught on video and went viral. The video allegedly depicts Perez doing flips and handstands while naked, and grabbing a BART employee’s genitals and menacing female passengers in between the acrobatics.
Perez’s attorneys said the incident stemmed from a mental breakdown. The district attorney’s office objected to Perez’s release, but was overruled.
Perez has a stay-away order barring him from the 16th Street station as well as the two complaining witnesses, Aparton said.
This is the second post-sentencing bombshell about the case, after the news July 1 that Ramos “killed before”, specifically that he had nailed a gang rival in the Mission but authorities didn’t bother to arrest or deport him.
An alleged gang leader who spent four years on the run after a San Francisco man and two of his sons were shot to death in their car on an Excelsior neighborhood street could soon be on his way back to the city after being arrested in North Carolina.
Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes, 31, whom police suspect of aiding the man convicted in May of the 2008 killings, was grabbed by San Francisco police and local law enforcement officers as he tried to climb out a window during a raid Monday on a home in Salisbury, N.C., authorities said.
Police had gone to the home in central North Carolina on a tip from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Extradition proceedings were scheduled to begin Tuesday to return Reyes to San Francisco, where he is wanted on a $5 million arrest warrant on three counts of murder.
Reyes, who is also known as Wilfredo Reyesruano, was a leader of a faction of the MS-13 gang who was with Edwin Ramos when Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were shot to death coming home from a family outing June 22, 2008, authorities believe.
Three life terms Ramos, 25, was sentenced in June to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders. Authorities say he and Reyes mistook one of the Bologna sons for a member of the rival Norteño gang and opened fire on their Honda Civic from a car at Congdon and Maynard streets. Continue reading this article
Was Ramos protected by more than San Francisco’s crime-friendly sanctuary policy — was he also a federal informant? Or were he and other gangsters allowed to continue their criminal activities until they were arrested in a dramatic sweep that would make federal authorities look effective? (There was a lengthy federal trial of numerous MS-13 thugs in San Francisco last year that might have indicated the master schedule.)
The exact backstory is unclear. But it appears that moral guilt for the deaths of the Bolognas extends beyond liberal San Francisco.
An informant told the FBI in 2006 that Edwin Ramos had killed a gang rival in the Mission District, records show, raising questions about why Ramos wasn’t taken off the streets before his infamous slaying of a man and his two sons in San Francisco in 2008.
Documents filed in a separate San Francisco murder case say Jaime Martinez, a leader of the MS-13 gang who became a paid government informant – and whose niece was once married to Ramos – met with FBI agents in April 2006.
Martinez told the agents that Ramos, also an MS-13 member, had killed a rival Norteño nicknamed “Chino,” using a disguise to sneak up on him and shoot him at 25th and Capp streets, according to the legal filing last week by attorney Dennis Riordan.
Riordan said the information is in an FBI report summarizing an interview by an agent, filed April 11, 2006.
Two weeks before the FBI interview, Rolando “Chino” Valladares, 21, had been gunned down at the Mission District intersection. No one has ever been arrested in the killing, and a police spokesman declined to discuss it, citing the “open investigation.”
Ramos’ attorney did not return calls seeking comment.
Valladares’ father, Jose Marquez Jr., said the warehouse worker at Macy’s had been shot while walking with his wife, who saw an SUV drive away but little more. Valladares was a Norteño in his youth, his father said, but left the gang after the birth of his two sons, who are now 5 and 6.
Marquez said police had never told the family anything about the investigation.
“It brings hope,” he said of the information about Ramos, “that somebody might know something that we haven’t known for years.”
Mistaken identity A jury convicted Ramos in May of murdering San Francisco residents Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, on an Excelsior neighborhood street after mistaking at least one of the sons for a gang rival. Ramos, 25, was sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The killings on June 22, 2008, gained national attention after The Chronicle reported that city juvenile-justice officials, relying on San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy, had twice shielded Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador, from possible deportation after he committed a gang-related assault and an attempted robbery as a minor.
Since then, questions have also been raised about what federal authorities knew about Ramos as they built a racketeering case against MS-13 – and why they did not either arrest or deport Ramos before the Bologna killings.
Family frustrated Marti McKee, a Bologna family friend and spokeswoman, said the family had never been told that Ramos was fingered by a government informant for the killing of Valladares in 2006.
“It’s been very frustrating for the family to know that Ramos may have committed other crimes, and had been the subject of a federal investigation prior to the (Bologna) murders, and yet he was left on the streets,” McKee said. “There’s no question that’s been very upsetting news for them to hear.” Continue reading this article
It’s interesting that the possession of a GED is now a qualifier for Obamnesty. The high-school equivalency test can be taken in Spanish, and in California at least, there is no mention on the certificate that the holder did not pass the test in English. Just how hard can a Spanish GED quiz be?
Immigrant attorneys and advocacy organizations in Houston have reported being “bombarded” with phone calls and inquiries since President Barack Obama’s announcement Friday of plans to allow illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits.
Immigrants started lining up for the free, monthly immigration legal counseling offered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston before 9 a.m. Tuesday – more than four hours before the scheduled start of the event, said Jo Ann Zuniga, a Catholic Charities spokeswoman.
The “charla” – a meeting where immigration lawyers take questions from immigrants – starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Catholic Charities’ office at 2900 Louisiana St. Continue reading this article
Edwin Ramos was sentenced Monday to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the 2008 slayings of a father and two of his sons in San Francisco.
Superior Court Judge Charles Haines said Ramos “brutally and senselessly murdered” Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, after mistaking one of the sons for a gang rival as the family drove along a street in the Excelsior neighborhood.
Ramos, 25, was stoic during the sentencing, but his voice cracked when he addressed the court. He did not take responsibility for the killings – he has insisted he was not the shooter, but instead the “fall guy” for a leader of an MS-13 gang faction – but said he thought about the Bolognas every day.
“If I could go back in time to change things, I would,” he said.
A jury convicted Ramos last month of the murders June 22, 2008. It also found him guilty of the attempted murder of Tony Bologna’s son Andrew Bologna, 21, who was also in the car and testified that Ramos had been the shooter.
Danielle Bologna, the victims’ widow and mother, whispered, “Yes, yes,” as the judge issued the sentence, grasping at a friend’s hand. She spoke to reporters afterward wearing the white “Finally justice is served!” shirts made for the verdict, and pins of her husband and two sons.
“It’s a beautiful day,” she said, smiling. “Today is for Tony, Michael and Matthew. Today, we got victory and today, we finally got justice.”
It’s good that Danielle had a beautiful day, because she doesn’t have many. Not only has she lost her beloved husband and two sons, she now lives in hiding with her two surviving children because she fears retaliation from Ramos’ gangster pals.
If anyone has suffered to an extreme degree from the government’s practice of blowing off public safety concerns regarding illegal aliens, it is certainly the Bologna family.
[. . .] After the killings, Bologna said she had to pray and work for survival everyday. She deeply feared that gang members would retaliate against her and her surviving son and daughter. So she created a new life.
“I lost everything. I lost my home, I lost great San Francisco. I had to move out,” Bologna said. “The constant moving and hiding has been hard for us.” [. . .]
The officer’s widow tried to make a victim’s statement about her loss, including how her new baby Kevin Jr. never got to meet his father, but she couldn’t make it through, and her mother had to finish reading how the preventable death had ripped the family apart.
Below, Officer Kevin Will (left) was run down and killed by a drunk-driving illegal alien gangster, Johoan Rodriguez, shown at the time of his arrest.
Rodriguez is a poster boy for the sort of criminal alien that Houston should want to punish harshly and convince not to return, but instead, the city’s permissive sanctuary policy has made it a relatively safe place for foreign criminals to reside. Rodriguez admitted to being a member of the MS-13 gang. At the time of the incident that killed the officer, Rodriguez was seriously drunk (blood alcohol level at .238, three times the legal limit), and had a packet of cocaine in his pocket. His car was moving at 90 mph when it blew through a police barricade and struck and killed Officer Will, who was standing on the roadside investigating an accident.
HOUSTON—Johoan Rodriguez was sentenced to 55 years in prison Friday for the intoxication manslaughter death of Houston police officer Kevin Will.
The jury began deliberating the sentence Thursday afternoon.
Rodriguez had pleaded guilty in the case before the trial began. Prosecutors were hoping for a life sentence, but they believe, along with the officer’s family, that they did get justice.
Rodriguez had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he raced through a police roadblock on the North Loop near Yale at an estimated 90 miles an hour on May 29, 2011.
Officer Will and other HPD officers were investigating a motorcycle crash and had closed the highway. Police dashcam video played for the jury during the one-week trial, and again during closing arguments, shows Rodriguez’s Volkswagen hitting Kevin Will—severing both legs and killing him instantly.
One of the worst cases ever of a preventable crime by a previously arrested but not deported illegal alien gangster came to a near-conclusion today in San Francisco. Edwin Ramos was convicted of murdering Tony Bologna and his two sons (pictured below) in a mistaken-identity gang hit nearly four years ago.
There could have been no mistake that Ramos was a dangerous criminal. He was a member of MS-13, known to be one of the most violent gangs, and was an illegal alien. He had been found guilty as a juvenile of two felonies: a gang-related assault on a Muni passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman. But San Francisco coddled rather than deported a very dangerous man, and the Bologna family was the victim of government malfeasance. The city sanctuary policy dictated that the legal system would not concern itself with Ramos’ immigration status, so he has allowed to remain in America and kill.
Uber-liberal San Francisco doesn’t do death penalties even in the most brutal cases, so Ramos will likely be sentenced to life in state prison, where he will be have plenty of fellow hispanic gangsters for company.
Alleged gang member Edwin Ramos was convicted Wednesday of the slayings of a San Francisco father and his two sons, the culmination of one of the most notorious crimes in the city in recent years.
The San Francisco Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts to three first-degree murder counts in the killings of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, who were shot to death while driving home in the Excelsior neighborhood on a bright Sunday afternoon June 22, 2008.
The jury heard three months of testimony in the case before beginning deliberations last Wednesday on the 25-year-old Ramos’ fate.
The case first drew widespread attention for its random brutality. It became a national story when The Chronicle reported that city juvenile-justice officials relying on San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy had twice shielded Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador, from possible deportation after he committed gang-related crimes as a minor.
Assistant District Attorney Harry Dorfman, the lead prosecutor on the case, portrayed Ramos as a seemingly charming but cold-blooded killer who shot the Bolognas in a misguided attempt to avenge a compatriot in the MS-13 gang who had been shot and wounded earlier that day.
“You are looking at a murderer, a gang murderer,” Dorfman told the jury in his closing argument, pointing to Ramos. “Hold him responsible for all the sorrow and grief he caused that day.”
With no murder weapon or ballistics tests to link Ramos to the shootings, the prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of Tony Bologna’s son Andrew Bologna, 21, the only survivor of the attack.
He testified that the family had been returning from a gathering in Fairfield when Ramos blocked their car at Congdon and Maynard streets in his Chrysler 300, then rolled alongside and opened fire. Continue reading this article
If a government wanted to create a fertile field where criminal gangs could flourish, then promoting massive legal and illegal immigration of diverse groups would be just the ticket. Young immigrants and the US-born children desire the sense of belonging and physical protection that gang membership provides in a strange land.
The Biography Channel recently showed a piece on Salvadoran MS-13 gangsters in the US. The episode (Gang World: MS-13) is posted on YouTube (below) but may not last long.
It describes the immigration beginning of MS-13 (aka Mara Salvatrucha): when Salvadorans started arriving in hispanic neighborhoods several decades ago, they weren’t welcomed but were seen as prey by established criminal gangs. So the Maras created their own band of criminal enforcers.
And the culture they want to protect includes a fondness for machetes, which they use for both chopping wood and slitting throats. Since there are so many flavors of gangs, the MS-13 gangsters seek to distinguish themselves by extreme violence.
The man accused of gunning down a father and two of his sons on a San Francisco street took the stand in his murder trial Monday to describe a troubled childhood that led him to join a gang.
Edwin Ramos, 25, spoke quickly and quietly in San Francisco Superior Court about the years leading up to the fatal shootings in June 2008. He smiled repeatedly as he testified, in what he explained was a nervous habit.
Other family members who have testified in Ramos’ 3-month-old triple-murder trial have depicted him as a confused boy who grew up without parents in rural El Salvador. He came to the United States at age 13 to join his mother, but life here was no better than in his native country, Ramos said.
He testified that he spoke little English and that his Spanish was a “country” version that set him apart from his peers. His mother called him “gay” if he cried, and her boyfriends beat him, he said.
His mother often told him, “I wish you were never born,” Ramos testified.
He said he had run away from home several times and eventually found refuge in an offshoot of the MS-13 gang, 20th Street. Previous witnesses said Ramos later joined another MS-13 offshoot, Pasadena Locos Sureños.
It was as a member of that gang, prosecutors say, that Ramos opened fire from a car June 22, 2008, on the occupants of a Honda Civic on Maynard Street in the Excelsior neighborhood. Ramos thought at least one of the men in the car was a member of a gang that had shot a Pasadena Locos Sureños member that morning, prosecutors say.
Inside the Honda were Tony Bologna, 48, and his three sons, none of whom was in a gang. Bologna and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were killed. A third son, Andrew Bologna, now 21, was unharmed and testified earlier that Ramos was the shooter. Continue reading this article
In San Francisco, the trial of Edwin Ramos is in its third week for the murder of Tony Bologna and his two sons, Michael and Matthew. Part of the prosecution strategy to establish motive has been to show that Ramos was an active member of the MS-13 crime gang and shot the Bolognas as a mistaken-identity gangster revenge killing. Ramos said that he used to be a busy gang-banger but had dropped out to spend more time with his family.
The case has focused a light on the proliferation of gang crime in the sanctuary city which has gone to great lengths to coddle diverse criminals. Foreign “youth” have been particularly pampered with special culturally appropriate programs and a comfy group home to gently entice them away from crime. (See Another San Francisco Poster Boy Crack Dealer.)
San Francisco used to be a nice city with interesting bohemian highlights. But years of progressive politics, its self-designation of sanctuary and actually advertising freebies for illegal aliens have caused foreign gang crime to flourish. The current trial is revealing how pervasive it is.
An acquaintance of the man accused of gunning down a father and his two sons in San Francisco testified today that the defendant had been an active member of the MS-13 gang, countering defense arguments that he had been trying to leave the gang life to spend more time with his wife and baby.
Marvin Medina, 25, testified in the triple-murder trial of Edwin Ramos that the alleged killer had been one of the gang members who counted to 13 as Medina was “jumped in” – beaten and kicked – as part of his initiation into Pasadena Locos Sureños faction of MS-13, also known as PLS.
Just hours after Medina was jumped into the gang, he said, Ramos drove him to San Francisco to show him “the territory.”
“He has a great history in San Francisco, and everyone would talk about him,” Medina testified through a Spanish-language interpreter.
Medina also said Ramos had to take pills for mental health issues.
Ramos, 25, joined the MS-13 faction after leaving another of the gang’s Mission District cliques, 20th Street, in 2006, Medina said.
Ramos’ former brother-in-law and 20th Street associate, Abraham Martinez, testified earlier in the trial that Ramos had quit because he thought 20th Street wasn’t violent enough.
Prosecutors say Ramos shot and killed Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, as they were driving near their home in the Excelsior neighborhood in June 2008 in revenge for an earlier shooting that wounded Medina. Investigators believe Ramos mistook one of the sons for a rival gang member.
Ramos’s attorney, Marla Zamora, has argued that in the months before the shooting, Ramos focused most of his energies on working at an auto repair shop in South San Francisco and spending time with his wife and baby.
Zamora says Ramos was driving the shooter’s car when the Bolognas were killed, but that he did not fire the shots. Instead, she says, an MS-13 leader named Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyesruano killed the father and his sons.
Medina testified that Reyesruano was a member of PLS and was Ramos’ best friend. Reyesruano’s whereabouts are unknown.
Medina also testified at Ramos’ preliminary hearing in 2009, but was convicted of perjury after claiming he had no association with MS-13. His girlfriend testified he has a large “MS” tattooed on his back.
Medina was granted immunity from additional charges for providing “honest answers” at the trial, prosecutor Harry Dorfman said.
His testimony is expected to continue through Thursday.
In Newark, the fifth trial of the horrific Newark schoolyard killings of three local college students has wrapped up with convictions on many charges. Peruvian illegal alien Jose Carranza was found guilty on felony murder and robbery.
Carranza (pictured below) was a dangerous criminal with a rap sheet of violent crimes, but he was not deported even after some alarming activities:
[. . .] FOX News has learned Carranza, who has a fake Social Security number, had been arrested on charges of raping a 5-year-old girl and then threatening the child and her parents. In that case he faced a 31-count indictment.
In another, he was arrested on assault charges stemming from a bar fight.
How can an illegal alien accused of child rape be released from jail to endanger the public? Carranza’s trail from violence against a child to the deaths of innocents was entirely predictable. The terrible crimes on the Newark schoolyard could have been prevented by normal public safety measures of imprisoning and then deporting violent illegal foreigners.
A jury today found a man charged in connection with the Newark schoolyard slayings guilty of felony murder of three college-bound friends.
Jose Carranza, 32, of Newark was also found guilty of the robbery of three students, including a fourth who was the lone survivor of the attack. He was found not guilty of sexually assaulting the survivor, 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel.
Prosecutors say Carranza, one of six men accused in the killings, was there when they were killed.
He was accused of sexually assaulting one of the victims and then using a 12-inch machete to slash at her neck. The victim, 19-year-old Natasha Ariel, survived the attack.
Prosecutors said a fingerprint of Carranza’s was found on a still-cold bottle of beer at the murder scene. And Aeriel identified him in a series of photographs from her hospital bed.
Carranza, 32, is charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and other offenses. Unlike his co-defendants, Carranza is also charged with the sexual assault of Aeriel.
Aeriel’s brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and her friends, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey, both 20, all died from gunshots to the head. They were all either attending or planning to attend Delaware State University that fall.
Two of the six accused – Rodolfo Godinez, 28, and Alexander Alfaro, 21 – were convicted by a jury and are serving life sentences. Shahid Baskerville and another defendant, Melvin Jovel, 22, pleaded guilty; Jovel is serving a life sentence and Baskerville accepted a 30-year sentence in exchange for testifying at Carranza’s trial and the trial of the remaining defendant, Gerardo Gomez, 19.
Baskerville, 20, testified during Carranza’s trial that the 32-year-old sexually assaulted Natasha Aeriel and slashed her neck with a 12-inch kitchen knife. In exchange for his testimony, Baskerville will likely be sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Baskerville said the group had been celebrating Gomez’s 15th birthday that August 4 night the killings took place nearly five years ago.
Prosecutors say all six defendants charged in the shootings have ties to a Central American gang known as MS-13 and they believe the murders were gang-related.
Carranza, an illegal immigrant from Peru, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in an unrelated aggravated assault case and was free on bail when the killings occurred.
Authorities say Carranza’s fingerprint, found on a 40-ounce bottle of Colt 45, places him at the scene of the murders. His attorney argued that a fingerprint alone does not indicate whether he participated in the attack.
Carranza’s sentencing will be held in April.
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