Friday, July 19, 2019

Feds Bust 22 MS-13 Gang Members - Lloyd Billingsley

by Lloyd Billingsley

California Democrats silent over murders, mutilations by savage criminal illegals.

“The victim was dismembered, and his body parts were thrown into a canyon after one of the defendants allegedly cut the heart out of the victim’s body.”

That is from a July 16 statement from the U.S. Attorney in Central California, announcing charges against “22 people linked to the MS-13 transnational gang, most of whom allegedly participated in a series of murders, including several slayings in which victims were hacked to death with machetes in the Angeles National Forest.”

U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek told reporters that 19 of the 22 gang members were illegally present in the United States. Four of the killings took place in Angeles National Forest and the gang members used machetes, bats and knives on the victims. As U.S. officials explained, new MS-13 members are required to murder a rival or enemy of the group. In one case, a member of a rival gang who defaced MS-13 graffiti had his heart cut out of his chest.

The charges against the 22 MS-13 members prompted no statement from California governor Gavin Newsom, whose first trip as governor outside the state was to El Salvador. As he said, the trip was to “counter Trump,” who often speaks out against illegal immigration in general and MS-13 in particular. State attorney general Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, was also silent after the MS-13 bust, hardly the only such action in recent times.

In Mendota, according to a Fresno Bee story by Yesenia Amaro, “MS-13 carved out a reign of terror resulting in at least 14 brutal murders in and around Mendota from 2015 to 2017.”

Slated to testify in a murder case, Joanna Soloria Maya was “hacked to death” and her body left outside an apartment complex. Joanna’s sister Jannette told Amaro, “they are killing people out there, like they are animals.”

Federal officials led the charge in the arrests of 25 MS-13 members. At a Fresno press conference, Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said “the dismantling MS-13 and other violent gangs that terrorize our streets will remain a top priority of the Department of Justice.” For California’s ruling Democrats, MS-13 has not been a priority.

Attorney general Xavier Becerra made it clear he was not concerned with the “status,” of the gang members. The 2018 Fresno MS-13 bust prompted no statement from California governor Jerry Brown, a three-time contender for president of the United States. When President Trump has assailed MS-13 savagery, Nancy Pelosi invoked the “spark of divinity” in all people. This approach marks a departure for Democrats.

In 1992 at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, during the Clinton administration, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi gunned down Vicki Weaver as she held her infant daughter. The unarmed woman was not under arrest and had committed no crime. Sen. Dianne Feinstein compared the family to Nazis.

At Waco, Texas, in 1993, Clinton attorney general Janet Reno authorized military force against a compound packed with children. The ensuing fires left 75 people dead, including 25 children.

In 2000, Reno authorized federal agents, armed with assault rifles, to seize Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez, only six years old. The Clinton administration duly returned the child to the Castro dictatorship, the only regime in the Americas that justifies an asylum policy. 

Democrats now want an open-border policy that welcomes all comers, with no deportations. Democrats oppose a border security wall and seek to abolish ICE. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye charges that ICE agents are “stalking” criminal illegals in courthouses.

California Democrats have established a sanctuary state that protects the most violent criminal illegals and even helps them to flee federal immigration agents. Witness Sutter County judge David Ashby, a 2016 appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, granting bail to previously deported Mexican national Ismael Huazo-Jardinez after a felony DUI that claimed three lives.

Gov. Brown also kept rather quiet during the MS-13 reign of terror that claimed 14 lives in Mendota. On the other hand, the recurring governor showed his soft spot for criminals. Last year Brown signed Senate Bill 1391, which forbids prosecution of those under age 16 as adults, whatever the gravity of their crime.

Under this law, any MS-13 gang member aged 15, which many are, could murder and mutilate six people and, if convicted, be held only until age 25, in comfy juvenile facilities. With this law in place, Californians can expect more gruesome murders by juvenile MS-13 gang members.

If a full adult MS-13 member should be convicted of murder and sentenced to death, he would have no worries.

In March, California Gov. Gavin Newsom slapped a moratorium on the death penalty and reprieved all 737 convicted murderers on California’s death row. Those reprieved include Luis Bracamontes, who in 2014 murdered Sacramento police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. The previously deported Mexican national said he wished he’d killed more cops and in court yelled “black lives don’t matter!”

That didn’t get a rise out of attorney general Becerra, Gov. Jerry Brown or Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Gov. Newsom now wants to make California the “most un-Trump state.” When MS-13 gangsters cut the hearts out of murder victims, the governor keeps silent. Unlike President Trump, Gov. Newsom wants to keep all illegals in the country and pay for their health care. That’s the Democrat dialectic in action.

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of  Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation and, most recently, Sexual Terrorist, about the Golden State Killer.  Lloyd’s work has appeared in City Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, California Globe, and many other publications. Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield is a collection of his journalism. His crime books include A Shut and Open Case, about a double murder in Davis, California. Read More


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