Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Government Charged with Accessory to Murder—Federal, State & City Leaders Thrown Behind Bars

Hunt for Justice by Cynthia Hunt

My title is wishful. If there were to be real justice, we could hold elected leaders responsible in some way other than just voting them out of office.

A Mother Warns It Could Happen to Your Family

A San Francisco mother had to bury her husband and two sons because the City of San Francisco under its “sanctuary city” policy did not report a convicted violent offender and illegal immigrant to federal authorities. Twenty-one-year-old Edwin Ramos (pictured above), an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is charged in the triple murder of a father and his two sons.

Prosecutors say Ramos gunned down Tony Bologna, 48, and his two sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, in a fit of “road rage.” Tony apparently made the unforgivable mistake of briefly blocking Ramos’s car from making a left turn, and officers say Ramos gunned down the family right there in their vehicle. They were driving home from a family picnic.

“It was a senseless crime, and had [authorities] done something this animal would not have taken my family," mother and widow Danielle Bologna told FOX News on Monday. "I feel that the government should have stepped in. I feel that they allow these immigrants to come in and how dare they strip our families like this." (Watch the widow's tearful plea to the community.)

Rap Sheet Includes Membership is MS-13 Gang and Violent Offenses

Police say Ramos is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang. The FBI considers Ms-13 the most violent and dangerous gang in the United States. Ramos had a rap sheet that I’m confident made his fellow thugs proud.

When Ramos was 17, he and two other men flashed gang signs, boarded a bus, and beat a man who was not in a gang. The attack was recorded by the bus video camera. He was convicted and released back to his mother a short six months later.

Days after his release, he tried to rob a pregnant woman in the middle of the day. This time Ramos was sent to a city-run camp and again released back to his family. NEVER did San Francisco report this upstanding illegal to the feds. In San Francisco, Ramos was treated and protected in the juvenile justice system because he was only 17 when he committed the crimes. San Francisco's 1989 "City of Refuge" ordinance prohibits city agencies from contacting the feds on immigration matters.

Three Months Before Killings Feds Failed to Protect Citizens

This year, three months before Ramos allegedly shot and killed the Bologna dad and sons, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ramos was pulled over for having illegally tinted windows and for failing to display a front license plate. Police say an alleged gang member in Ramos’s car discarded a gun that had been used in a double murder.

Prosecutors didn’t file charges against Ramos, saying they couldn’t prove he knew his companion had the gun. At this point, a member of the sheriff’s department (a county-run agency) DID REPORT his immigration status to the ICE (the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). But the sheriff’s department says ICE decided NOT to place a detainer on Ramos and the department released Ramos. What brainchild at ICE made that call?

San Francisco Spends Taxpayer Money to Brag about Its Sanctuary City Status

When Ramos allegedly killed three innocent Americans, the City of San Francisco was spending $83,000 in taxpayers’ money running ads that told illegal immigrants about all kinds of taxpayer-funded city services they could get without having to worry about their illegal status being reported to the feds. A TV ad ends with the city’s top leader bragging “I’m Mayor Gavin Newsom. San Francisco is a sanctuary city making public services safe and accessible for everywhere.”

On Monday in a segment about the triple murder, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly said Newsom is “perhaps the most despicable public servant” in America.” San Francisco conservative columnist Debra Saunders declared that San Francisco is an example of “political correctness run amuck.”

Our Government Leaders Are Completely Incompetent on This Issue

Is it just me or does it feel like our government leaders have gone mad? Forget the conservative and liberal labels that may be coming to your minds. Both sides have had a chance to correct this, and both have failed to solve the illegal immigration crisis. Is it not insanely dangerous for cities to protect violent illegal immigrants?

As a reporter, I’ve talked to illegal immigrants about this issue and even they support the deportation of violent illegal immigrants. Ramos was 17 when he committed these vicious crimes. Why not certify him as an adult and deport this dangerous MS-13 gang member before he decimated the Bologna family?

The One Part of Sanctuary City Policy that Makes Sense

I understand where the concept of sanctuary city originated. As a journalist in another sanctuary city, Houston, Texas, I can tell you that it started with a legitimate police need. Investigators needed to have a working relationship with the illegal population to solve crimes.

The federal government wasn’t protecting our borders and keeping illegals out of the cities, but the locals have always been the ones who had to deal with the crime problems. Police desperately needed to get cooperation from illegal residents to solve crimes for the safety of all. Therefore, it became policy that people knew they could cooperate and call local police without having to worry about their immigration status being reported.

How did the need for police to communicate with all people morph into a system where our city leaders are breaking federal law, endangering the hardworking, taxpaying Americans, and then even running ads to brag about it?

Cities and Federal Government Clashing Over Illegal Immigration

In Houston, Texas a beloved veteran police officer and dad of five, Rodney Johnson, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop. In the two years since then, the case has become a battle cry against illegal immigration. The shooting happened as Houston police were facing pressure to become more involved in immigration enforcement.

Just four months ago. The U. S. Supreme Court decided President Bush had to no power to tell the State of Texas to reopen the case of an illegal immigrant who had been sentenced to death for the 1993 murder and rape of two teenage girls. Jose E. Medellin is scheduled for execution on August 5th, two weeks from today. The President had argued for the case to be reopened because officers failed to tell Medellin he had a right under the Vienna Convention to contact Mexican diplomats about his arrest.

The mayor of Los Angeles is criticizing ICE saying the agency is using scarce resources to round up illegal workers instead of focusing on the wanted violent illegal aliens.

Please, Senators McCain and Obama: Show Some Leadership and Provide a Plan

Is it too much to ask that the next President of the United States show some leadership and give us an immigration policy that works and protects Americans while maintaining our special place in the world as the land of dreams and opportunity for immigrants?

I am sure if a high-profile leader in this country lost what Danielle Bologna lost—three loved ones—suddenly they would find the time and the motivation to address this crisis. Bologna wants San Francisco to stop being a sanctuary city. What do you think should happen?


lccat said...

It doesn’t seem to matter if it is Police Officer in Houston attempting to safe guard his city, a high school student in Los Angeles standing in front of his home while his mother is half way around the world defending her country, or a father and his sons in San Francisco driving home all became targets of ILLEGALS and were murdered because of the greed of "our" Elitist Politicians and their Elitist Contributors in search of "cheap labor" to help their "bottom line"!

Again, I just do not understand how our President and our Congress can send our young men and women half way around the world in defense of the United States and refuse to defend our National Borders and Enforce our Immigration Laws while at the same time warning our military, for their own safety, not to wear their uniforms when traveling to "our" southern borders. Now our military can no longer leave their children at home in a "major United States city" and expect them to be safe or a least as safe as the parents in a "combat zone"!!

Our FAMILIES are at the mercy of ILLEGALS and their Anchor Babies being murdered, raped, infected with disease, or robbed. We can see the results of the ILLEGAL invasion in our courts every day! But NOT to worry the Chamber of Commerce will get their "cheap labor" increasing "their privatized" PROFITS while socalizing the "benefits" for their ILLEGALS on the back of United States Citizens, thanks to Bush, the Congressional Leadership(?), and local elected and appointed officials!!

P.S. Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are all SANCTUARY cities!

Anonymous said...

When Ms. Hunt wrote that HPD officer Rodney Johnson was beloved, she wasn't exaggerating.

My former job had flexible hours, so I always waited until rush hour traffic was over before setting off to work. Traffic came to a complete standstill a few exits from where I-45 & Beltway 8 south intersect -- both freeways, and their feeders (access roads) backed up, in all directions. As I passed the new enormous church where Officer Johnson's funeral was being held, the giant parking lot already looked full.

I've seen lots of articles coming through my newsfeed subscriptions about San Francisco being sanctuary to illegals, including the ones with documented criminal pasts. Hopefully these news articles will generate enough anger to make much needed changes to large cities being sanctuaries to criminals (including my own city).

Anonymous said...

" Mohammed Atta, leader of the 9/11 hijackers was stopped and ticketed for driving without a license in Florida in early 2001, his visa was expired at the time. One of his accomplices, Ziad Samir Jarrah, the Lebanese citizen suspected of piloting United Airlines flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania, was pulled over on Sept 9th by Maryland state troopers for speeding in a rental car. He was ticketed and sent on his way."
Illegal Alien Sanctuary
by Steve Brown and Chris Coon
FrontPageMagazine.com | 7/1/2003