SAN JOSE, May 23, 2014 — Increasing awareness of the Obama administration’s release of over 36,000 immigrant criminals has sparked a new national scandal involving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Mainstream media outlets have largely ignored the story, but a series of articles from Breitbart News indicates that ICE released 36,007 convicted immigrant criminals from detention last year. The total number of immigrant criminals is larger than the public realizes, and represents a genuine threat to the American people.
An ICE spokeswoman defended the policy to Breitbart News, saying that the criminals were let out of detention with restrictions in place.
According to Breitbart, ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzales said in an email that many of the 36,007 were released under supervision, GPS monitoring, telephone monitoring, or surety bond. In addition, she explained that, “In some of the releases in 2013, ICE was required by law to release the individuals from custody, pursuant to decisions by the Supreme Court and other federal courts.”
Gonzales explained that, “The releases required by court decisions account for a disproportionate number of the serious crimes listed in the report.” She further clarified this point with an example: “Mandatory releases account for over 75 percent of the homicides listed.” Gonzales added that the other releases were a “discretionary matter” and were based upon the judgment of career law enforcement officials.
Gonzales said that in the cases where there were less serious criminal offenses, the immigrant criminals “were released as a discretionary matter after career law enforcement officers made a judgment regarding the priority of holding the individual, given ICE’s resources, and prioritizing the detention and removal of individuals who pose a risk to public safety or national security.”
A recently released report from the Center for Immigration Studies detailed internal data revealed the specific crimes leading to 87,818 convictions of these released criminal immigrants. The list of criminal activity includes 193 homicide convictions, 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, 193 homicide convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions, and 1,075 aggravated assault convictions.
It seems a legitimate question could be raised pertaining to the part about any risk to public safety or national security: Are you kidding?
This is eerily reminiscent of the time when Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro initiated the Mariel boatlift and allowed an exodus of his people who wanted to leave Cuba and immigrate to the United States.
Castro cleverly released convicted criminals from Cuban jails into the streams of people fleeing the Caribbean country. Between mid-April and October 31, 1980, Castro permitted a mass exodus of an estimated 125,000 Cubans desiring to flee his government. These refugees fled across the waters of the Caribbean to Florida in boats Americans sent to assist the Cuban people. It became known as the Mariel boatlift since the immigrants were coming from Cuba’s Mariel Harbor, approximately 25 miles west of Havana. Sadly, some died en route, yet many made it safely across the 136 nautical miles.
Just as Castro surprised the world when he came out of the closet showing his true colors as a genuine communist, he once again surprised the world by allowing his people to escape his dictatorship. But, an even bigger surprise was Castro’s arranging for convicted criminals in Cuban jails and people suffering from mental illness to be released into the streams of fleeing refugees.
On May 10, 1980, a New York Times news article indicated that “retarded people and criminals,” made up the majority of the refugees. New York Times columnist James Reston suggested Fidel Castro was “exporting his failures.” Indeed it was an unusual event, especially to have been approved by Castro, but the exodus took on new meaning when it was suggested that most of the refugees were Castro’s economic and political “undesirables.”
After May 11, 1980, The Miami Herald and other newspapers through editorials began questioning the wisdom of such uncontrolled immigration when on May 11th, all previous records for the daily arrivals set a new record with 4,588 refugees arriving aboard 58 boats. Overall, the tally from the beginning of the first boat arriving on April 21st up to that moment was around 37,000, which at that time represented about 10 percent of Miami’s total population. After the initial New York Times article and additional media negativity, the American people became suspicious of the new immigrants. But, despite the negative media coverage, it was discovered that the majority of the refugees were law abiding citizens. However, it is unclear how many of the Marielitos were truly Castro’s “undesirables.”
Castro’s rationale was that since Cuba was experiencing a sharp economic downturn and serious internal political tension throughout the country, he could simply utilize the lure of freedom to rid his nation of misfits. In sending these “undesirables” to the U.S., Castro had also hoped to damage the public perception of the Cuban immigrants, which it did. At the time, estimates of the so called undesirables within the mass of people ranged from as few as 7,500 and as many as 40,000. Yet, at the time, statistics released by the Immigration and Naturalization Service documented that 600 people had been determined to have serious mental problems and 1,200 who were suspected of committing serious crimes in Cuba.
After being in the U.S. for several years, by 1987, 3,800 Marielitos were serving sentences for crimes committed in the United States. Of this number, there were about 2,300 who ended up in federal prisons in Oakdale, Louisiana, and in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1987, when the government announced that it was ready to resume the deportation of those included in a 1984 deportation list, detainees took over the prisons and rioted for days. The Justice Department under President Jimmy Carter agreed to establish review panels to re-examine each individual case, and promised to release the ones who were deemed able to rejoin society.
Yet, out of all of those, at least three of these criminals are worth remembering: Pedro Medina, Julio Gonzalez, and Luis Felipe.
Pedro Medina, was “only” a murderer. Two years after his arrival in the United States, Medina was executed for the 1982 stabbing death of an elementary school teacher in Orlando, Florida.
Medina gagged and stabbed Dorothy James to death after she had befriended him. Medina was arrested after he was found in her car the day after she was found dead in her apartment, which was next door to the apartment of Medina’s half-sister in Orlando where he had lived since the time of the boatlift. Detectives who were investigating the murder interviewed Medina after the arrest for car theft. Ultimately in court, Medina denied murdering James, but admitted being in James’ apartment the night of the murder and when James was dead. Although Medina requested a psychiatric examination, two psychiatrists determined that he was competent to stand trial.
Julio Gonzalez was a bit more destructive: He was an arsonist and mass-murderer who was convicted of setting a fire that killed 87 people in the Bronx in New York City in 1990.
Gonzalez was arrested and ultimately convicted of arson and murder in the fire that destroyed the unlicensed social club called the “Happy Land” in the Bronx in New York City on March 25, 1990. His former girlfriend was employed at the club, and after getting into an argument with her that night, while apparently drunk, he went back to the club with a container of gasoline and doused the steps leading to the club, and then set the steps on fire which ignited a larger fire.
Eighty-seven people were trapped inside because the fire escape doors had been blocked to prevent anyone from sneaking into the facility without paying a cover charge. After interviewing his former girlfriend, who was among the survivors, police arrested Gonzalez, who was ultimately convicted of arson and murder.
Luis Felipe turned out to be the most dangerous of the three. Felipe, aka “King Blood,” was the originator of The Bloodline Manifesto while he was in the New York State Collins correctional Facility in 1986. This established a more formalized gang organization when he founded the New York branch of the Latin Kings gang.
Membership in the New York Latin Kings is around 7,500 members operating in 15 cities in five states. The gang shares a common culture and similar organization with a Chicago-based gang known as the King Motherland Chicago Latin Kings. The Chicago gang is recognized as the largest Hispanic street gang in the U.S., with around 25,000 members in Chicago alone. It has chapters in over 41 states and in other countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Their reach extends to Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Great Britain. Most of the original Chicago-based gang were from Puerto Rico, but now the membership is heavily Mexican-Americans.
While posing as legitimate community organizations, these gangs apparently maintain their livelihood via a wide variety of criminal activities such as assault, burglary, distribution of illegal drugs, homicide, identity theft, and money laundering.
Based upon this very real historical precedent, it is hard to believe that the government of the United States would unleash a potential new criminal army upon the general public.
Who in their right mind would do such a thing? Are the government officials involved in their right minds? They are risking public safety and national security.
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