Barack Obama has stepped up deportations but the federal government is doing a poor job on illegal immigration, which some states do their best to facilitate. As a recent case shows, California journalists and judges prefer to look the other way, even when illegal immigration has deadly consequences.
The millions of illegals in the United States include Saul Isidro-Aucencio and Francisco Delgado, both Mexican nationals and gang members in Rancho Cordova, near the state capital of Sacramento. In February 2011 Saul Isidro-Aucencio had been beaten by three members of a rival gang and went out looking for revenge with Delgado. The pair could not find the assailants but then they saw Jamir Miller, 15, Richard Ward, 16, and Robert Corpos, 20, riding their bicycles.
Francisco Delgado drove the car as Isidro-Aucencio shot the victims, from behind, with an AK-47, a military weapon that shoots a 7.62 round. Isidro-Aucencio shot Jamir Miller in the head and Richard Ward in the torso before chasing down Corpos, father of an 18-month-old boy, and shooting him in the back as he sought cover behind a tree. According to police testimony, Corpos was a gang member and the two teenagers were associated with a gang. None of the murder victims was able to testify otherwise.
Police knew the killers’ illegal status as soon as the suspects had been booked and their prints run through AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System). The Sheriff’s department also notes that ICE (immigration and Customs Enforcement) work in the jail almost around the clock, interviewing arrestees and determining residency status.
Police do not notify journalists about the residency status of those they arrest. Journalists have to ask and in this case it seems they practiced a version of “don’t ask don’t tell.” For the year and a half before June 22, not a single news story revealed that Isidro-Aucencio and Delgado were in the country illegally. No journalist disclosed the pair’s actual nationality or inquired how they got here in the first place. Did they enter illegally themselves or did their parents bring them to the United States as children?
It also failed to emerge how two illegal aliens got a car, drivers’ licenses, an apartment, and how they procured an AK-47, of Russian provenance and a favorite weapon of terrorists. Had the pair committed other crimes? Had they ever been deported? Had they ever attempted to vote in an American election? Nobody in the local media seemed at all curious.
Sacramento Bee stories on the case even fail to describe Isidro-Aucencio and Delgado as “Latinos,” a simple matter of identification. The politically correct use of Latino is to describe Hispanic people who think and vote alike, need more government services, have serious problems with American immigration policy, and do mostly good things. It is not politically correct to use “Latino” for those do bad things, such as joining gangs and murdering innocent civilians. In this case journalists willingly slapped a gag order on themselves. No so Melissa Jellison, Jamir Miller’s mother.
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