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Six illegal aliens who stabbed a Maryland man to death are identified by ICE as members of MS-13

From Daily Mail: Six illegal immigrants aliens, who allegedly stabbed a Maryland man to death in July, have been identified as MS-13 gang members by the US and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Jonathan Escobar-Hernandez, 20, Marlon Fabian-Flores, 20, Edwin Edgardo Garcia-Martir, 18, Hugo Portillo-Chavez, 31, Jose Fausto Rivera-Coreas, 19, and 20-year-old Odaliz Rosas-Yanez were all arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit also said they arrested Leonel Alexander Velasquez-Hernadez, 16, who has been charged as an adult, over Cuellar’s murder. Cuellar’s body was found in the grass near an apartment building on Loch Raven Boulevard on July 31.

Authorities said they determined that Cuellar was the intended victim of a planned murder involving the seven suspects, who are being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center following bail review hearings.

All of the six illegal immigrants aliens were identified as MS-13 members in an ICE gang database, an ICE spokeswoman told Fox News.

The spokeswoman said ICE issued six immigration detainers.

Officials said five of the suspects are Salvadoran and one is Mexican.

A motive for Cuellar’s murder remains under investigation but authorities believe the victim was killed due to a war between two rival Latino street gangs, the 18th Street and MS-13, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Cuellar had been seen making a hand gesture that was believed to be ‘indicative of an affiliation with the 18th Street,’ detectives said.

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Sanctuary Montgomery County: Two illegal aliens in Maryland raped 11-year-old girl

Illegals Navidad (l) and Amaya (r)/Montgomery Police Dept. photo

Both were known to ICE. One was a “repeat immigration violator.”

Montgomery County, Maryland gave them a safe haven to hide from authorities. Shameful.

From WJLA: Two undocumented immigrants illegal aliens are accused of raping an 11-year-old girl on different occasions, the common denominator being a friendship with the victim’s older brother.

Montgomery County Police have arrested Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, of Damascus, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, of Gaithersburg, and charged each with second-degree rape.

Last month, the victim — now 12-years-old — spoke with a social worker at her middle school in Germantown. Talking through tears, the girl shared the painful details about what both men allegedly did to her.

In September 2018, the victim was introduced to her older brother’s friend, Palacios-Amaya. Over the course of the next few months, the then 27-year-old man raped the middle schooler on multiple occasions, authorities allege. The victim recalled one instance where Palacios-Amaya “used his cell phone to video record the two of them having sex,” police noted in court documents.

The victim told the social worker that Palacios-Amaya would often pressure her not to attend school so that she could stay home while her parents were at work. That gave Palacios-Amaya unsupervised access to the girl.

Investigators say while reviewing the victim’s cell phone, they located numerous photographs of Palacios-Amaya with the girl.

The other suspect, Barrera-Navidad, reportedly attended the victim’s older brother’s birthday party on July 2018. The celebration took place at a mobile home park in Germantown.

At one point in the evening, Barrera-Navidad and the 11-year-old victim entered a bedroom. According to police, Barrera-Navidad raped the girl and then continued to communicate with her via cell phone for an undisclosed period of time thereafter.

According to court documents, Barrera-Navidad was born in El Salvador, has four children and works for a demolition company. Up until his arrest, he was residing at his brother-in-law’s home along the 25900 block of Largo Court in Damascus.

Montgomery County District Court Judge Sherri Koch granted Barrera-Navidad a $100,000 (post 10 percent) bond. He remains incarcerated while awaiting trial.

Less biographical information is presently known about Palacios-Amaya, but Montgomery County District Court Judge Eric Nee denied him bond, perhaps because Palacios-Amaya is charged with four rape counts while Barrera-Navidad is charged with one.

Up until his arrest, Palacios-Amaya was residing along the 18300 block of Quondal Court in Gaithersburg.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells ABC7 that Barrera-Navidad and Palacios-Amaya are both living in the country illegally.

In December 2016, an immigration judge issued Barrera-Navidad a “final order of removal.” It’s unclear why the Salvadoran national remained in the country.

In 2014, federal authorities removed Palacios-Amaya from the U.S. for an undisclosed reason. The 28-year-old — who ICE referred to as a “repeat immigration violator” — returned to the U.S. on an unknown date.

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Man who advocated for immigrants killed by illegal alien who was ordered to be deported 8 months ago

Sean Buchanan: Permanently separated from his family

If you’re wondering what type of immigrants he probably advocated for, keep in mind that legal immigrants don’t need an advocate.

From Daily Mail: A staunch supporter of the rights of immigrants – and a married father of five – was killed last week when an illegal immigrant from El Salvador facing deportation crashed into his motorcycle in Colorado.

Sean Buchanan, 45, was driving northbound on Highway 83 on August 2 when Colorado State Patrol say a southbound truck operated by Miguel Ramirez Valiente went off the side of the road, then over-corrected into the wrong lane and crashed into Buchanan’s bike, killing him.

Valiente, an undocumented immigrant who was slated for deportation eight months earlier, was charged with misdemeanor careless driving with a revoked license in the deadly accident.

In an ironic twist, Buchanan was known among friends a passionate advocate for all immigrants.

Officials do not suspect that drugs, alcohol or excessive speed played a role in the collision, reported The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Valiente has a criminal record in Colorado that includes a 2018 conviction for a DUI charge, which earned him a year’s probation and the revocation of his license, and a guilty plea to a charge of reckless endangerment in a child neglect case.

On August 1, less than 24 hours before the deadly crash that killed Buchanan, Valiente’s probation was extended because he had failed to complete his court-ordered treatment program and community service.

He made national headlines in January when he sought sanctuary at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in January to avoid deportation to El Salvador during the federal government shutdown. ‘I can’t be separated from them,’ he said at a press conference at the time, according to The Denver Channel. ‘I have always worked hard to support my family, and they depend on me.’

But according to a close acquaintance of Valiente’s speaking to The Denver Channel on condition of anonymity, the reality of his life was far from the public image he had sought to create. ‘This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with,’ she said. ‘He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.’

The woman argued that the fatal accident that took Buchanan’s life could have been prevented, especially given Valiente’s history of run-ins with the law.

‘My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped,’ she said. ‘You’re here and you’re a hard worker and you’re not causing trouble and doing bad things, that’s fine, but he had already been in trouble, several times, and now we have a death because of it.’

Buchanan had just started a new job in communications. His wife of 16 years, Kathy Wierenga Buchanan, is the author of The Brio series of books for teenage girls, and a writer and director for Adventures in Odyssey, an Evangelical Christian radio show produced by the conservative organization Focus on the Family.

The Buchanans have five children: daughters Jasyln, 15, Maleah, 12 and Bella, 10, and two sons they adopted from Burundi, eight-year-old Michla and six-year-old Divin.

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Hell has frozen over: HuffPo reports that Salvadoran president accepts blame for death of migrant father and daughter

Bukele (l) admits responsibility

I was COMPLETELY shocked to see this story on HuffPo Monday night.

What DIDN’T shock me was the fact that there was only one comment on the article (at the time I scheduled this post) asking why there were no comments: “Where are all the people who were blaming republicans and trump the other day?”

Doesn’t fit the narrative, apparently…

From HuffPo: The president of El Salvador addressed the viral photo of a migrant father and his young daughter who drowned trying to seek asylum in the United States on Sunday, casting blame on his own country for pushing Salvadorans to seek a safer place to live.

“People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” Nayib Bukele, the Salvadoran president, said during a news conference this weekend. “They flee their homes because they feel they have to.”

Bukele’s comments came after a photographer shared an image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas. In the image, Ramírez can be seen face down with Valeria tucked inside his shirt, his arm around her body, presumably to protect her during the dangerous passage.

The photo has quickly been cast as an emblematic image of President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies to rein in migration across the southern border with Mexico. The White House has forced many asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as part of a new policy to discourage people from seeking refuge in the U.S., but critics say it’s “not safe” for those who are already vulnerable. The Mexican government said earlier this month more than 15,000 people have been sent back to the country as part of Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy.

Bukele, who took office a month ago, has pledged to make El Salvador a safer place for its citizens during his tenure. Tens of thousands of people from around South America have traveled toward the U.S., fleeing violence and poverty with the hope of finding a better life in America, and Bukele told the BBC that he understood why people like Ramírez would undertake the perilous journey north.

“They fled El Salvador, they fled our country,” the president said. “It is our fault. … Why? Because they don’t have a job, because they are being threatened by gangs, because they don’t have basic things like water, education, health.”

He went on to note that he believed migration should be an option for those dissatisfied with their lives but “not an obligation.”

“We can blame any other country, but what about our blame? What country did they flee? Did they flee the United States?” Bukele asked. “They fled El Salvador.”

The bodies of Ramírez and his daughter were returned to El Salvador earlier this week, and they were buried during a small private ceremony, The New York Times reported.

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Animals: MS-13 members stab 16-year-old 100 times for wanting out

Supposedly calling people “animals” is not a good thing. In this case, “animals” is too kind of a word.

From NY Post: Five MS-13 members stabbed a 16-year-old fellow gangbanger 100 times because he wanted out of his crew — and then drove his corpse to Virginia, where they torched it, the victim’s mother said.

Maryland cops identified the victim, Jacson Pineda-Chicas, after releasing a photo of a tattoo on his left arm, Fox News reported.

The teen’s mom told NBC4 in Washington that she and her son fled El Salvador after he was strong-armed to join MS-13 there.

When her son’s sadistic gang pals accused him of talking to cops, and threatened to kill his family, he offered himself up, the mom told the outlet.

“He had to take knives to defend himself, and screwdrivers,” she told the station. “He had razors and he told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to defend myself with them, but it’s not going to be enough.”

Police in Prince George’s County said Pineda-Chicas was killed in a home 60 miles away in Landover Hills, Md., that belonged to Jose Ordonez-Zometa, 29, the head of a Virginia branch of the MS-13, Fox News reported.

The teen’s body was dumped on the side of the road in Stafford, Va., March 9, cops said.

Ordonez-Zometa is also charged with participating in the vicious slaying. Police said the other suspects were Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20; Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18; Christian Martinez-Ramirez, 16, and Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25, the report said.

“To hear somebody was stabbed 100 times … pretty much speaks for itself how violent the attack would have been,” Maj. Brian Reilly said at a Friday news conference.

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MS-13 gang member sentenced to 40 years for brutal killing of 15-year-old girl

From Fox News: A female member of MS-13 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday in the brutal killing of a 15-year-old girl.

Venus Romero Iraheta, 18, was convicted of murder in January 2018 in the 2017 slaying of Damaris Reyes Rivas.

She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street participation earlier this year at the court Fairfax County, Virginia.

Prosecutors said Iraheta was one of the 10 MS-13 members and associates who met Damaris at Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County, seeking revenge for the murder of her boyfriend, Christian Sosa Rivas. Reyes Rivas was a student at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Earlier this year, an interrogation video recorded on Valentine’s Day 2017 showing her confessing to the crime.

Through a translator, Iraheta said she told Reyes Rivas: “‘You’re going to remember me until the day we see each other in hell. Don’t forget my name.’ And I told her my full name and I told her my nickname. And I told it to her and I told her to never forget who I was. I told her, ‘Someday, we were going to see each other again.’”

When an officer asked what happened next, Iraheta replied in English: “I killed her.”

Iraheta said she stabbed Reyes Rivas about 13 times with a knife and sliced off one of her tattoos. The Washington Post reported another MS-13 associated stabbed her with a tree branch. The brutal slaying was recorded on a cellphone video and the court was shown the footage. Her body was eventually discovered after it was dumped under a highway overpass on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.

Maria Reyes, Reyes Rivas’ mother, told Iraheta in court Friday that the woman “destroyed” her life, the Washington Post reported.

“I want to say to this young lady that she destroyed my life. She destroyed the life of my daughter. She didn’t owe anything to you,” she told Iraheta through a translator. “My daughter is not in hell, as she said. She’s in heaven. She has shown me that in my dreams. . . . Hell will be lived by you, not by her.”

NBC Washington reported Iraheta cried in court, saying she would “give my life to bring her back. I am sorry.”

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MS-13 gang member sentenced to decades in prison for role in 2015 murder

From Fox News: A member of the violent MS-13 street gang was sentenced Monday to more than 22 years in federal prison for his role in the death of a gang associate suspected of being an informant.

Jose Andrade, 27, also received three years of probation and will be subject to deportation to his native El Salvador upon completion of his sentence, according to federal prosecutors.

Andrade, who went by the nickname “Inocente,” pleaded guilty in March to charges of racketeering conspiracy involving murder and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Prosecutors claimed Andrade was involved in planning the July 2015 murder in Lawrence of a teenager who was wrongly suspected by gang members of cooperating with law enforcement. Investigators said Andrade planned to take part in the killing himself, but could not do so because he was arrested the previous month.

Authorities say that Andrade is one of 49 defendants who have been convicted as part of a crackdown on MS-13 by federal, state and local officials. Of those defendants, 16 have been found to have “committed or knowingly participated in murders.”

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Alleged MS-13 gang member asks Canadian court to reverse deportation because he’s afraid tattoos will get him killed

From Fox News: A Toronto man scheduled to be kicked out of Canada for being a member of MS-13 has asked officials not to deport him because his skull, knuckle and body tattoos could cost him his life in his native El Salvador.

René Pacheco was granted a temporary reprieve after successfully arguing that his tattoos would make him the target of rival gangs and law enforcement officials in the small Central American country.

Pacheco is a permanent resident in Canada and has not lived in El Salvador for 20 years but is not a Canadian citizen.

The 25-year-old, who goes by the nickname “Machete,” was arrested in 2016 on a number of criminal charges. While in custody and awaiting trial, Canada Border Services Agency officers interviewed him.

It was during that meeting, the National Post first reported, that Pacheco allegedly bragged to agents about his ties to the notorious gang. MS-13, short for La Mara Salvatrucha, is primarily composed of immigrants and descendants from El Salvador and is widely known for their extreme brutality.

Pacheco allegedly showed officers a tattoo of the number 13 on the back of his hand, a teardrop inking on his face as well as a number of other permanent markings on his body. He told agents he was initiated into the gang by surviving a 13-second beating. His Facebook page even featured gang graffiti and signs.

Pacheco’s story was believable enough for officers to order his deportation for being a member of a criminal organization. But he then changed his story and denied all ties to the gang.

“I made a bad decision getting these tattoos not knowing it was going to relate to this,” Pacheco said at an immigration hearing in 2017.

He claimed the number 13 tattooed on him was merely his “lucky number” and said the teardrop on his face was a tribute to his father who was murdered in El Salvador. Pacheco also claimed he learned about MS-13 by watching YouTube videos and said he was on drugs when he spoke to CBSA agents from his jail cell.

“I am not a member,” he said. “I made a mistake… Innocent people are dying back in my country and here I am getting these tattoos thinking it’s a joke not realizing the consequences that it brings.”

A federal court judge didn’t buy his reversal and upheld his deportation sentence.

Running out of time, Pacheo applied for a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment, a last-ditch effort to remain in the country.

“I understand that if someone arrives in El Salvador with tattoos and they think they are in a gang they can kill them, torture them or immediately throw them in prison,” he said in his appeal. “I can be the target of gangs there for trying to impersonate them. Therefore my life is in danger and I have no hope of being protected.”

His petition was denied.

He appealed the decision to a federal court and was granted a temporary stay. Judge E. Susan Elliott noted that Pacheo’s tattoos were a catalyst for a perceived risk and ordered a new assessment by a different officer.

In coming to her decision, Elliott noted a U.S. Department of State report that highlighted the “arbitrary deprivation of life” gang members face by authorities.

“This was particularly important as he would be returned to El Salvador for being a member of the MS-13 gang, despite his post-interview denials of such membership,” she wrote in her decision.

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Separated families: MS-13 gang members, including 10 illegal aliens, charged in death of Virginia teens

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Permanently separated from their families: Mendez (l) and Triminio (r)/Fairfax County Police Dept. photo


From Fox News: Eleven MS-13 gang members – all of whom are illegal immigrants aliens except one – are facing life in prison after being charged in the kidnappings and deaths of two teens whose bodies were dug up in a Virginia park last year.
The ages of the male gang members charged Friday ranged from 20 to 27. All of them are from El Salvador and only one – who is believed to have fled the country – is not in police custody, according to NBC Washington.
Police uncovered the bodies of 17-year-old Edvin Escobar Mendez and 14-year-old Sergio Arita Triminio at Holmes Run Park in March 2017 after receiving a tip. The two teens disappeared just weeks apart the prior year.
After Mendez vanished and was reported missing by his family, his brother tracked down Triminio – one of his friends – who revealed to him that Mendez was “abducted or killed” because the MS-13 members thought he was allied with a rival gang.
Two days after that reported conversation, Triminio, who lived near Holmes Run Park, disappeared while taking out the trash. “He never came back,” his mother said.
Investigators believe Triminio was killed because the MS-13 members thought he was working as a police informant, a federal indictment said. A court-ordered electronic monitoring device that Triminio was wearing, per his probation orders, stopped working the day he vanished, the documents added.
All but one of the men facing the conspiracy to kidnap charges are reported to be illegal immigrants aliens, and one suspect is facing a conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering charge.
The names of those charged are Elmer Zelaya Martinez, 27, Erick Palacios Ruiz, 20, Ronald Herrera Contreras, 20, Josue Vigil Mejia, 21, Henry Zelaya Martinez, 24, Oscar Contreras Aguilar, 20, Yonathan Melgar Martinez, 21, Pablo Miguel Barrera Velasco, 20, Anderson Villatoro, 21, Francisco Avila Avalos, 20 and Fredys Baires Abarca, 20. Their gang member aliases included nicknames such as “Killer”, “Horror” and “Lil Clandestino”.
All of them are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, while Aguilar is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid ofracketeering.
MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants, mainly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has expanded to include Hondurans, Guatamalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.
President Trump’s Justice and Homeland Security Departments have made targeting the gang a top priority. The president himself has used the word “animals” to describe the gang.
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Animals: Eight MS-13 gang members indicted for Long Island murders

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From NY Post: Eight alleged violent MS-13 members have been indicted for three savage murders and other crimes, officials announced on Thursday.
Oscar Acosta — a rival of the gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 — was lured to a secluded area in Brentwood, LI, to smoke pot but was instead brutally beaten with a tree branch and thrown unconscious into the trunk of a car.
He was then taken to another secluded area where he was slashed to death with a machete by several of the gang members, according to an indictment unsealed in Central Islip federal court.
The attack happened in April 2016. Acosta’s body was found that September.
Similarly, Javier Castillo and Dewann Stacks were stabbed to death by MS-13 members in separate incidents in October 2016, prosecutors said.
The defendants, who also face racketeering charges, are all illegal immigrants aliens from El Salvador, officials said.
A total of 24 people have been charged in the case since 2016, including suspects in the murder of Brentwood students Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16.
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