How stupid are judges to take the word of a stone-cold gangster that he has renounced a life of crime, particularly when the criminal gets a big payoff for the lie, er statement? But that’s what happened in a recent appeals court decision which could set a dangerous precedent.
Besides, if a gangster fears his MS-13 buddies, many of them reside in this country, so there would be no greater safety here than in the alien’s homeland.
KRIS KOBACH: “Once one case like this emerges, where an illegal alien is able to avoid deportation, particularly a criminal one like this guy, then the word spreads in the jails and in the prisons that to avoid being sent home you just have to renounce your gang membership like he did. I fear we’re going to see a lot of gang members all across the United States, illegal alien gang members, and these are very deadly gangs, doing what this guy did now and saying ‘you can’t deport me now.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking what the Department of Justice plans to do in light of a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that could endanger our communities by allowing criminal gang members to receive asylum in the United States or withholding of removal by simply claiming that they have renounced their membership in the gang. In the case of Martinez v. Holder, the court ruled that Julio Martinez, an unlawful immigrant from El Salvador, could stay in the United States because he renounced his membership in the notoriously deadly MS-13 gang and returning to El Salvador could jeopardize his safety. This decision encourages fraud and creates a new loophole where gang members can simply claim that they are no longer a member of a gang in order to game the immigration system. This undermines the federal government’s ability to enforce our immigration laws and promote public safety.
Below are excerpts of the letter. To view the full letter, click here.
“We are concerned that based on this decision [by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit], gang members will be able to receive asylum or withholding in the U.S., simply by telling immigration authorities that they have renounced their membership in the gang. In the Martinez case, an MS-13 gang member did just that. Surely it is likely that when gang members are placed in removal proceedings, they will claim that they are no longer a member of a gang and have renounced gang membership in an attempt to circumvent removal. Even aliens who have in fact left gangs were members of criminal organizations and do not deserve the protections of asylum or withholding.
“We are deeply troubled by this decision as it interferes with the Federal Government’s ability to effectively enforce our immigration laws. Decisions such as this are serious impediments to both the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to promote public safety through the removal of deportable aliens who may be involved with organized criminal activity.
“It is no secret that criminal gangs are a continuing national problem … Current and former gang members should not be shielded by our asylum or withholding system. Indeed, the Committee has already marked up legislation, HR. 2278 – the SAFE Act, which clarifies that anyone who is or has been a member of a gang may not receive asylum or withholding on any grounds … While the Committee has done its part, we would like to know what DOJ plans to do to address this problem.”
In a decision of the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court, judges allowed that an illegal alien MS-13 gangster could get on a path to citizenship because he had renounced his gang affiliation. A couple of Republican House members are upset at the precedent that decision would set, but perhaps the judges had merely absorbed the spirit of the immigration expansion bill passed by the Senate last year.
The National ICE Council, an organization of immigration enforcement officers, wrote a letter warning the Senate that the legislation was too permissive toward criminals:
[. . .] Section 3701 of S. 744 states that illegal immigrants who are members of street gangs – most of which are heavily involved in criminal activity and violent crimes in the communities and areas we police – simply have to claim that they renounce their gang affiliation in order to obtain a waiver that would make them admissible to the U.S., and potentially eligible for legalization and eventual citizenship. We anticipate, as should Congress, that many gang members will falsely claim to renounce their association with criminal street gangs to obtain legal status and continue engaging in unlawful conduct in the United States. [. . .]
I checked the final version of the bill which passed, and the forgiveness remains “if the alien has renounced all association with the criminal street gang.”
Could al Qaeda be considered a criminal gang? What if the remaining cutthroats being held at Gitmo claimed to renounce affiliation with their jihad gang — could they claim asylum in America?
In the wake of an appeals court ruling allowing an illegal immigrant gang member to remain in the country because he renounced his membership, a couple of GOP lawmakers are calling on the Justice Department to appeal.
On Jan. 23 in the matter of Martinez v. Holder, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Julio Martinez, an illegal immigrant MS-13 member from El Salvador, could remain in the U.S. because he renounced his membership and that gang members in El Salvador would kill him if he returns.
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Virginia Republican Rep. Randy Forbes pressed DOJ on next steps, given the grave precedent the ruling set. Continue reading this article
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
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