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
The Lone Star state is suffering a terrible drought, and as often the case, the issue is portrayed as agriculture vs. people, which is true up to a point. But while droughts come and go (along with floods), immigration-fueled population growth is going only one way — up.
Farmers and ranchers need a lot of water to produce food — the number given in the NPR story below is 60 percent. But the city dwellers are the ones making the most noise when restrictions are enacted.
As Mark Twain wisely observed, “Whiskey’s for drinking; water is for fighting over.” That’s true now more than ever. However the elephant in the room is immigration-fueled population growth, as we know well in the low-rainfall, high-immigration west, e.g. California.
Water supply is a problem of overpopulation that cannot be finessed away. But the population aspect can be willfully ignored in media reports, as in NPR’s, where it merits only a single mention in passing, and that deals with future projections. From a water supply viewpoint, Texas is overpopulated now.
The punishing seven-year drought of the 1950s in Texas brought about the modern era of water planning. But the drought of 2011 was the hottest, driest 12 months on record there.
Though only a handful of towns saw their water sources dry up last summer, it got so bad that cities, industries and farmers began to think the unthinkable: Would they run out of water?
With the state’s population expected to double by 2060, Texas must begin an expensive and politically charged search for new water sources. No other reservoir in Texas better symbolizes the state’s competing demands for water than Lake Travis, nestled in the juniper-covered hills west of Austin.
Marina owners, a nuclear power plant, computer chip makers, rice farmers and the booming city of Austin all depend on Lake Travis and its upstream cousin, Lake Buchanan, for their existence.
Last summer, Lake Travis was nearly two-thirds empty. Today, the drought persists, and the lake is only half full.
Boat ramps lead to nowhere. Weeds encroach where bass used to swim. The views of million-dollar homes look out on boat docks sitting on a bed of dried mud.
Connie Ripley is a Texas homeowners activist. “A lot of people are trying to sell their properties because they’re just fed up with Lake Travis,” Ripley says. “I mean, we’re looking in Colorado right now. It’s just not worth the hassle of the lake going up and down and up and down constantly, when it could be managed better.” Continue reading this article
Immigration reporter Mario Guevara was recently turned down in his request for asylum in the United States, and he is miffed at the refusal.
The 34-year-old scribbler claims a list of reasons why he should be admitted. He says he feels like a “victim” and contends he has PTSD. He arrived in 2004 on a tourist visa and never left, then decided (years later) that asylum was the ticket to a permanent home in the first world. He says he fears retaliation from the Salvadoran army even though no journalist has been murdered in recent years in that country.
Below, well-fed failed asylum seeker Mario Guevara feels entitled to remain in the US as long as he pleases, remarking “I don’t see going to El Salvador as an option. Here in this country, I have found everything I need.”
Guevara is using the media to hustle support for his sob story, and almost sounds like he has convinced himself that he is an innocent party (rather than a schemer) and is therefore entitled to the whole assortment of US government benefits.
Naturally, he intends to appeal his case, doubtless assisted by a top-notch immigration lawyer, given his status as a Spanish media propagandist.
A reporter from El Salvador who has been reporting for years about immigration issues in Atlanta finds himself in a position similar to that of many of the sources he covers.
“I understand now what the people feel,” Mario Guevara, 34, told CNN on Friday. “Never in my life have I cried so much as in the last couple of days.”
Last month, an immigration judge turned down Guevara’s application for asylum and ordered that he, his wife and their 14-year-old daughter leave the country within 60 days. “It was the worst news of my life,” said Guevara, who works for the Spanish-language Mundo Hispanico, which is owned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Their two younger children were born in the United States and therefore would be allowed to remain. His mother and brother, who serves in the U.S. Army, are also U.S. citizens.
The case traces back to 2003, when Guevara was working as a photojournalist for the Prensa Grafica newspaper in the capital city of San Salvador. Routinely assigned to cover anti-government demonstrations, he was accused by some of the demonstrators of working as an undercover agent for the government, which he denies. After he was attacked twice and threatened with death, he moved himself and his family to Atlanta, he said.
But he entered the country in 2004 on a tourist visa and did not immediately file the paperwork seeking asylum, he said. “I had plans to return to Salvador when the situation got better, but that never happened,” he said.
He has cited post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for the delay.
The judge cited three reasons for the denial: the late filing, the fact that no Salvadoran journalists have been killed or attacked for political reasons during the past two years, and the fact that Guevara could not demonstrate that the police would not protect him, Guevara said. Continue reading this article
Signaling an improved labor market, remittances to Mexico rose in May, its highest level since October 2008, Mexico’s Central Bank reported this week.
Remittances, or money wired abroad by immigrants, totaled $2.34 billion in May, up 7.8% from the previous May.
And the average amount per transaction, $329.21, was up in May by 3.7% from a year before. Remittance experts said May is a particularly busy month for wire transfer operators, as many Mexicans living abroad send money forMother’s Day.
Money wired abroad by immigrants is often seen as a barometer of the economy. Immigrants have seen improved employment prospects as the labor market has improved gradually in recent months. The amount per transaction also rose in May, the central bank reported.
The uptick bodes well for Mexico, where remittances are the nation’s second-largest source of foreign exchange, behind petroleum sales.
Remittances to Mexico soared in the early 2000s as immigrants found abundant work during the U.S. housing boom. At the peak, 1 in 5 Latino immigrants in the U.S. was employed in the building trades, according to some estimates. Continue reading this article
July 4th was the tenth anniversary of the LAX terrorist attack by Egyptian Hesham Mohamed Hadayet who wanted to end his failure of a life in a blaze of jihadist murders, an event which was recalled on Los Angeles television.
[. . .] Upon hearing the news of the attack, Gov. Gray Davis remarked: “Like all Californians, I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn of today’s shooting…. That it happened on the day on which we honor what America stands for–liberty, security and diversity–makes this particularly more tragic.” [. . .]
Have we as a nation learned anything in the last ten years? I think so, but mostly in spite of the media rather than because of its reporting, which is still dangerously PC despite the growing pile of dead bodies.
Continued jihadist attacks by hostile Muslims have shown Americans that Islam is not your normal religion that teaches peace and brotherly love, but is instead a supremacist political ideology bent on world domination.
In the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, passengers bustle under tight security, watched on camera and by armed officers. It’s the new normal in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the shooting that happened at the El Al Airline counter on July 4, 2002.
Vicky Hen, a ticket agent for the Israeli airline, was shot and killed, along with a traveler, 46-year-old Yaakov Aminov, a father of eight. Four others were wounded before an El Al air marshal shot 41-year-old Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an Egyptian national living in Irvine. Continue reading this article
The relentlessly open-borders President can hardly stand to let an occasion go by without twisting it into an amnesty plug.
On Independence Day, he welcomed a couple dozen immigrants serving in the military in a naturalization ceremony. Nice optics, but he couldn’t resist talking up his unlawful administrative amnesty and pushing for the whole enchilada of very expensive citizenship for millions of lawbreaking foreigners.
Interestingly, the Daily Caller noticed that Obama’s high-profile amnesty message appeared on the hispanic section of the campaign website, but was not similarly featured for black citizens, who are suffering record unemployment under the current President, who was supposed a friend but treats African-Americans like a doormat.
President Barack Obama used the White House’s Independence Day celebrations to tout his June 15 amnesty for at least 800,000 illegal immigrants, and to suggest that the sweeping change is more important to the nation than compliance with the law.
“Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants,” he told his audience.
“That’s why… we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from … deserving young people who were brought to this country as children,” he said at a citizenship ceremony for 10 Latinos and 15 other people from Russia, the Philippines and Africa who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Many legislators and lawyers say Obama’s decision to stop enforcing established immigration laws is a violation of federal law, which he is legally obliged to enforce. The Obama administration has claimed “prosecutorial discretion” as its means for ignoring the law.
Though the campaign denies an election-year relationship with the change, Obama is trying to maximize November turnout among Hispanics, which his campaign staff say is vital to victory in several states, including Florida, Colorado, and Virginia.
Obama’s June 15 de-facto amnesty offers work-permits to people who show documents saying they arrived as children. The White House’s July 4 citizenship ceremony included at least one Latino who was brought into the country as a child. Continue reading this article
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Continue reading this article
The President hasn’t lost any time in getting his no-deport program up and running. After all, the election is just 125 days off and Obama has some serious hispandering to accomplish in order to make up for not passing a comprehensive amnesty for millions of future Democrats.
Below, possible beneficiaries of Obama’s slightly limited amnesty.
But if any Americans think that the foreigners will be satisfied with their little work permits and assurance they won’t be booted out, forget about it. They don’t care to become Americans culturally, but they do want open borders for all the relatives and maximum free stuff — all benefits and no responsibility, in other words.
In San Antonio, for example, the foreigners are set to march around on Independence Day to make further demands. They certainly know how to be annoying by using an American patriotic holiday to clamor for their unworthy desires. The July 4th demand-o-fest is just the beginning of a series of such events, one of which is a September 15 march on Lincoln Memorial to demand the whole enchilada:
[. . .] “We’re not asking for the sky,” he said. “We’re asking for a just pathway to citizenship and legalization. Reuniting family is very key, and protection of civil and constitutional rights, which is what America is all about.” [. . .]
Right. Foreign thieves and brigands claim the right to everything honest citizens have built.
Federal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s deportation halt — and in some cases are even ignoring the administration’s eligibility rules to stop deportations for those who shouldn’t qualify, according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he’s learned some illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years have had their deportations canceled, even though Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano had listed the five-year mark as one of their criteria.
Mr. Smith also obtained documents laying out how U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers should actively search for illegal immigrants who are “apparently eligible” to have their cases dropped. Those illegal immigrants then would be granted tentative status.
“President Obama is granting amnesty to illegal immigrants behind Americans’ backs,” Mr. Smith said. “Although administration officials told congressional offices that it would take 60 days to implement the president’s amnesty plan, internal ICE documents show that illegal immigrants have already benefited from it, even though there are no standards in place.” Continue reading this article
The San Francisco Chronicle’s online portal (SFGate.com) featured a story about sturgeon poaching in the Delta in which the not-so-brite lawbreakers posted their illegal activities on Youtube:
You don’t have to watch very long to notice the language being spoken is not English, but rather something Asian, perhaps Vietnamese. No mention of the diversity angle from the outdoors reporter though, even though cultures without a conservationist tradition (most of them) are often poacher perps, although one sees many Russians in the sturgeon trade rather than Asians.
They see America’s limits on hunting and fishing as laws for citizens only, sucker stuff. When species are about to be wiped out, foreign foragers’ urge is to grab what they can get before everything is gone. Protected natural spaces, like national parks, are likewise disrespected by illegal pickers and Mexican cartel marijuana growers.
–Keeping a protected species out of the water for at least five minutes
–Apparently killing the fish, since it is never shown being released
–[on the deck of the boat in the background, there also appears to be undersize white sturgeon]
As is often the case in diversity subjects, the comments on SFGate.com can be more informative than the official text. yzer observed (7/2):
I go onto the California Delta for days at a time on my small cruiser. I’ve done this for many years. I’ve seen Asian fishermen on the water during just about every trip.
These guys are commercial fishermen. Fishing on the Delta is their livelihood. I see them out there every day, day after day. The fish (and crawdads) end up in the mom and pop Asian food markets in the SF Bay and Sacramento/Stockton regions. They keep and sell just about every species they catch.
Commercial fishing in the CA Delta has been outlawed since the late 1950’s.
Look, poaching in the California Delta is nothing new. It’s gone on for years. I remember a group of sturgeon poachers who were going after roe (for caviar). They were busted several years ago. This group was made up of Russian immigrants. They we supplying wealthy customers in the SF Bay area.
Enforcement of fishing laws are undermined by constant budget cuts to CA Fish and Game.
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
U.S. states with immigration laws modeled after Arizona say they hope to implement their own legislation soon after a mixed Supreme Court ruling let stand the most controversial element of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Five states followed Arizona’s example in crafting laws requiring police to notify federal authorities when they have reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country illegally, and sometimes imposed other strictures as well.
Those states – Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina – have found themselves in federal court just like Arizona, facing lawsuits, either from immigrant rights groups, the Department of Justice, or both.
Now that the Supreme Court has weighed in on Arizona’s law, upholding police checks on immigration status while throwing out three other provisions, lawsuits that hinged on that ruling are moving forward, with no sign from the states that they will soften parts of their laws.
In South Carolina, state officials are moving full steam ahead with preparations to implement their law, which provides for a special Immigration Enforcement Unit of the state police, complete with special uniforms and marked cars.
The state police began hiring and training officers for the unit in January, and will be ready to start enforcing the “legal stop” provision in mid-July if an injunction is lifted, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sherri Iocabelli said. Continue reading this article
Four-year-old Christopher “Buddy” Rowe was killed last August as he walked with his mom and two sisters on the way to soccer practice. He lagged a bit behind the others and was struck in the marked crosswalk and flew 80 feet when hit by illegal alien Marcos Lopez Garcia.
The illegal then sped off and switched cars to evade authorities, but was seen by a concerned citizen, Leroy Flach, who contacted police. Otherwise the killer might have successfully reached Mexico, as he was planning, and thereby escaped justice entirely. Garcia was arrested later on the day of the crash.
The AP story below about Friday’s sentencing as well as the local Santa Rosa Democrat both soft-pedaled the harsh illegal alien aspect of the crime, namely that it might have been prevented with proper law enforcement strategies. Neither mentioned that Garcia had been arrested twice before for unlicensed driving but was released rather than deported. As the San Francisco Chronicle noted (Boy, 4, killed in Santa Rosa hit-run; suspect held, August 19, 2011):
Garcia does not have a driver’s license and has two previous arrests for driving without a license. The most recent incident happened just five days before the crash, when he was told not to drive until a court appearance in October, Celli said.
Below, illegal alien Marcos Lopez Garcia awaits his sentence for killing a little boy in Santa Rosa, California.
Four years seems a terribly short sentence for killing a little boy, particularly when the perp is an illegal alien.
SANTA ROSA — At an emotional hearing, a Sonoma County Superior Court judge sentenced a Santa Rosa man this morning to four years in prison for the felony hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy in a crosswalk last August.
Marcos Lopez-Garcia, 23, was also sentenced by Judge Kenneth Gnoss to one year for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and six months for misdemeanor driving without a license, but will serve those sentences concurrent to the four-year term.
Garcia pleaded guilty to all three charges in May after striking Christopher “Buddy” Rowe in the crosswalk of West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place in Santa Rosa on Aug. 18, 2011, and then fleeing the scene. Rowe died 13 hours later at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.
Garcia was in the country illegally and will be deported after he serves his term, his attorney Walter Rubenstein said.
Rowe’s bereaved parents, Jim and Michelle Rowe, asked the judge to impose the maximum term of five and a half years that Garcia faced.
Gnoss acknowledged that as a parent, he would like the stiffer term, but said he already imposed the maximum term for the hit-and-run charge and was bound by rules of the court to impose the concurrent terms. Continue reading this article
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