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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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Washington state governor gives $1.2 million taxpayer dollars to assist illegal aliens

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Don’t let the lack of the word “illegal” in this story fool you. Gov. Inslee has, in effect, turned Washington state into a sanctuary state.

From MyNorthwest.com: Just hours after President Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the U.S.-Mexico border, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called the policy child abuse and announced he will give $1.2 million to support Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s civil legal aid services.

The money will be used to defend immigrant rights and to help families reunite.

“We know that this was an intentional infliction of abusive behavior to punish innocent children,” Inslee said. “It is a form of child abuse.”

The governor said that everyone is entitled to a fair and due process, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

As for Trump’s executive order, Inslee said it’s too late. The damage has been done. “We have more than 2,300 children separated from their parents today,” Inslee said.

The governor said Trump’s administration has lied about the separation of children from their parents, why they did what they did to the children, lied about who is responsible, and lied about what it will take to reunite families.

Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen for answers about why the policy was enacted and about the location of the children and parents. He said they have not received answers.

Trump said on Wednesday, “We are keeping families together.” But he added the “zero tolerance” policy will continue.

Vice President Mike Pence added that they are calling upon Congress to change the laws. Trump added that the word “compassion” comes into it.

The president has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families.

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Honduran father kills himself in jail while awaiting deportation after he entered US illegally

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Illegal alien Marco Antonio Munoz made the separation from his family a permanent one

From Daily Mail: A Honduran father who was heartbroken after being separated from his wife and child at the US border killed himself while in custody last month.

Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, was found dead on the floor of his Star County, Texas jail cell on May 13, lying in a small pool of his own blood with an article of clothing tied around his neck.

Texas authorities believe that Muñoz suffered a breakdown when he was separated from his family after entering the US illegally through the Rio Grande, according to a Star County Sheriff’s report obtained by The Washington Post

The incident occurred shortly after the Trump administration instituted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on illegal immigration, which seeks to prosecute individuals arrested for unlawful entry into the US.

‘If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,’ US Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters on May 8 while announcing the new White House initiative.

‘We don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to come to the border illegally and attempt to enter into this country improperly,’ Sessions added.

Nearly one of every four Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October through April was someone who came in a family, meaning any large increase in prosecutions is likely to cause parents to be separated from their children while they face charges and do time in jail.

So far, the policy (should say lawbreakers) has separated more than 1,800 families, according to The New York Daily News

A Border Patrol source who spoke to the Post said Muñoz had crossed into the US on May 12 with his wife and three-year-old son. They were apprehended shortly after their arrival in the small border town of Granjeno, Texas, which serves as a common crossing point for immigrants.

After being transferred to a detention facility, the Post reports that Muñoz attempted to apply for asylum.   

Border agents said Muñoz ‘lost it’ after they informed him they would be separating him from his family, at one point law enforcement resorting to ‘physical force to take the child out of his hands.’ 

The report stated that while Muñoz had not attempted to hurt any of the Border Agents, he was described as being in a ‘preassault’ state because he was so agitated. As one agent told the Post, he ‘had the look of a guy at a bar who wanted to fight someone.’

Muñoz remained combative for most of the evening, attempting to escape at one point during his detention. ‘He yelled and kicked at the windows on the ride to the jail,’ the agent added.

Muñoz was booked into the Star County Jail at 9.40pm and placed in a padded cell, with guards checking on him every 30 minutes.

At around 9.50am the next day, a guard discovered Muñoz unresponsive on the floor of his cell without a pulse. The guard ‘noticed a small pool of blood by his nose,’ and ‘a piece of clothing twisted around his neck which was tied to the drainage location in the center of the cell,’ the Post reported.

Muñoz’s wife and son were later released from custody, according to the Post. It remains unclear if the family was allowed to claim his remains.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the border patrol, says they are working on new programs to help explain the separation process to the American people and individuals affected by the policy.

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Philly mayor blasted for celebrating sanctuary ruling, despite past crimes tied to illegal aliens

From Fox News: The Philadelphia mayor, blasted by the White House after being filmed dancing in celebration after a judge ruled in favor of its sanctuary city status, was doing so because it was an “important moment for all Philadelphians,” his office said Friday, despite the city’s recent history of illegal immigrant alien-related crime.

A video tweeted by Mayor James Kenney’s deputy chief of staff showed him giddy after U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration can’t withhold grants to the city over policies that limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration officials.

“Mayor Kenney displayed excitement because it was an important moment for all Philadelphians, especially our immigrant community,” Deana Gamble, his communications director, told Fox News on Friday.

Gamble said the city’s policies are designed to ensure individuals’ constitutional rights are protected. “Philadelphia does not protect or harbor criminals and the judge also found that Philadelphia has historically cooperated [with] federal law enforcement agencies in fighting crime, which is beyond dispute and widely known,” she added.

Philadelphia previously has said it will only hand illegal immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents if they show a warrant signed by a judge.

But ICE, as recently as May, have been carrying out operations in the Philadelphia metro region that it says target “criminal aliens, public safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”

“Many people in Philadelphia have been killed, raped or assaulted at the hands of criminal illegal aliens,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News yesterday, calling Kenney’s dance “disgusting.”

Outside of the raids, illegal immigrants aliens who have committed crimes or fugitives who have been deported from the Philadelphia area in recent years include:

  • Milton Mateo Garcia, who was sentenced in 2016 to up for 44 years in state prison after being convicted two years earlier of raping a young woman in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood. Garcia, a restaurant kitchen worker from Honduras, came to be known as the “Rittenhouse rapist” after he grabbed a 26-year-old woman by her neck outside of her apartment and pushed her inside, where he sexually assaulted her. Federal officials at the time said Garcia, 28, had been living in Philadelphia illegally and had already been deported at least once before he targeted the woman. Following the announcement of the lengthy sentence, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said “Garcia does not belong on Philadelphia’s streets and, as a result of today’s sentencing, he won’t be anymore.”
  • Darlin Navarro-Turcos, also from Honduras, who was sent back to the Central American country in 2015 after being convicted of assault in association with the stabbing death of a man on a Philadelphia street a year earlier. Navarro-Turcios, who had been going by the alias Darlin Mendoza-Sanders, served a year in jail over the attack and had entered the country illegally in March 2003, ICE said. Prior to the murder, he was convicted of driving under the influence. “The crime this criminal alien is associated with is heinous,” said Tom Decker, director of ICE’s Philadelphia Enforcement and Removal Operations office.
  • Edwin Estuardo Martinez-Ortega, who as an 18-year-old was deported from Philadelphia in 2014. Martinez-Ortega was identified by ICE as a fugitive wanted on murder charges in his native country of Guatemala, and was picked up by agents after they found him at a barber shop in Warminster, just north of Philadelphia. ICE said they were tracking his presence in the area after his brother Nectali Ortega-Duarte was arrested in 2011 and deported to Guatemala on charges linked to the same crime.

Federal authorities said they swept up 49 immigrants in the Philadelphia metro area in late May of this year during a “targeted enforcement operation” aimed at “criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, re-entrants, and other immigration violators.”

“This operation resulted in multiple arrests of criminal aliens, public safety threats, and individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws,” Philadelphia Acting Field Office Director Gregory Brawley said after the sweep. “Some of these dangerous individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE on our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day.”

ICE did not reveal the identities of those taken into custody, but said they included a 52-year-old Mexican illegal immigrant alien who was charged with simple assault and terroristic threats, and a 26-year-old Haitian illegal immigrant alien who had been “convicted in the Common Pleas Court at Philadelphia, of robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, and criminal attempt-theft by unlawful taking.”

Read the whole story here.

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Twice-deported illegal alien held in connection with missing NY toddler, mom’s death

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Separating innocent children from their parents: Illegal alien Donoteo-Reyes

From NY Post: A twice-deported illegal immigrant alien from Mexico was being held Tuesday in the disappearance of a 14-month-old boy who became the subject of an Amber Alert last week after his mother was found dead upstate.

Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, 25, is currently charged with tampering with evidence, but prosecutors expect to file more charges against him once cops determine how his 18-year-old girlfriend, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was killed.

The young woman’s son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, is feared dead following an extensive search of the couple’s home in Wayne County and surrounding areas. The toddler was reported missing on May 23 after his mom’s body was discovered near their residence.

Authorities canceled his Amber Alert on Tuesday morning but continued to look for his body.

Donoteo-Reyes and Hidalgo-Calderon both lived and worked on a 350-acre farm on Joy Road in Sodus.

Hundreds of volunteers have combed through the property in search of Owen and nearby waterways have also been checked. His mother’s body was found in a wooded area not far from their home — buried between two logs and covered in sticks and dirt, cops said.

Donoteo-Reyes was later arrested at an undisclosed location outside of Wayne County, according to prosecutors.

He appeared in court Tuesday on the tampering with evidence charge, which came after he confessed to moving Hidalgo-Calderon’s body.

Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan told The Post that Donoteo-Reyes admitted to cops that he buried the young mother, but didn’t kill her. He allegedly did this because he was worried about being deported or blamed for her death.

Prosecutors plan to present his case to the grand jury, but Callanan said they are only focusing on the tampering charge for the time being. Reyes will continue to be held by police in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the young man has been living in the United States illegally and using an alias.

“On May 24, ICE lodged a detainer on Everardo Donoteo-Reyes aka Alberto Ebavardo Gutierrez-Reyes, an illegally present citizen of Mexico, with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest on local charges,” the agency said in a statement. “Donoteo-Reyes was removed from the United States on two previous occasions in 2016 and 2017. Donoteo-Reyes has a 2017 federal conviction for illegal entry.”

Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was also an illegal immigrant — who was in the process of being deported — but her family has pending applications for asylum. She came to the US from Guatemala and reportedly had her baby with another man, who still lives there.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts told local reporters Monday that while he hoped Owen was still alive, investigators highly doubted it. “We have to look to reality here that he is concealed somewhere here on the farm,” Virts said, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

“We will bring justice,” he added. “We are going to keep after this until we get the evidence and the information we need.”

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Sanctuary California: Two previously deported rapists re-arrested in California

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From KESQ:  Border Patrol agents arrest two convicted sex offenders in Calexico suspected of making an illegal entry into the United States on two separate occasions this week.

Eduardo Murillo-Lobo, 21, a citizen and national of Honduras, was arrested Monday night at around 11:30 pm after being spotted by agents operating the Remote Video Surveillance System climbing over the international border fence. Border Patrol agents were notified and they arrested and transported Murillo-Lobo to El Centro Station for identification and processing.

Record checks revealed that Murillo-Lobo had a prior conviction in 2015 for Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Dangerous Crimes against Children. Murillo-Lobo will be prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States.

Jesus Montejano-Robles, 36, a Mexican citizen, was arrested Tuesday at around 1:45 a.m. after agents working near the Imperial Valley Outlets observed him enter the United States illegally. Border Patrol agents arrested Montejano-Robles and transported him to the El Centro Station for identification and processing.

Records checks revealed that Montejano-Robles had a felony conviction for Rape by Force/Fear. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Montejano-Robles will be prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States.

In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has arrested 19 sex offenders.

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Illegal alien who previously crossed the border four times charged with shootings in Missouri

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Lawbreaker: Illegal alien and prohibited possessor Pompa-Rascon/Kansas City Police Dept. photo

From Fox News: An undocumented immigrant illegal alien charged with wounding two people minutes apart in northern Kansas City, Mo., reportedly told investigators he heard “voices” telling him to shoot, and that the gun wouldn’t fire if “they are good people.”

Arnoldo Pompa-Rascon was charged Tuesday with four felonies, including assault and armed criminal action, in the Friday night shootings that wounded a motorcyclist and another man as he pulled into his driveway.

The shootings occurred about an hour after popular tattoo artist Russell Fisk, 30, was fatally shot inside a BMW. No criminal charges have been filed in his death. Court documents filed in the other two shootings say Pompa-Rascon told police he shot a man in a “luxurious” car.

Fisk, a tattoo artist at Black Card Tattoo, died from a gunshot wound to his head, FOX4 KC reported.

A probable cause document stated that, as police were investigating Fisk’s shooting, they received calls on another shooting. A man told authorities he was riding his motorcycle when he heard a gunshot and saw he had been struck. He said he saw a silver sedan drive by.

Following that shooting, officers were alerted to another shooting in Clay County. The victim told investigators he had pulled into his driveway when he noticed a silver sedan stop at his residence. The victim said a man asked him a question but he could not understand what it was because the man spoke Spanish. The victim walked away and was then shot in the chest by the man. The victim said he returned fire but it was not immediately clear if he hit the suspect.

On Tuesday, a man called police saying someone was attempting to steal his truck. The man held the suspect at gunpoint until police came and arrested the suspect, Pompa-Rascon.

Pompa-Rascon claimed he spoke Spanish and was “determined to be an illegal immigrant alien from Mexico and had been previously documented as having crossed the border illegally four prior times, records state,” NBC 12 reported.

Pompa-Rascon was picked out of a six-person line-up from one of the shooting victims who identified him as the man who shot him.

FOX4 DC reported Pompa-Rascon admitted to the shootings and said “voices told him to shoot” — but that his gun would not work if they were “good” people.

Bond is set at $1 million. No attorney is listed for Pompa-Rascon in online court records.

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