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Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.
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A Path to Citizenship for Gangs and Terrorists

The federal immigration-reform bill plays right into the hands of cartel hit-men, document forgers, and terrorists.

June 24, 2013  |  by Richard Valdemar - Also by this author

Richard Valdemar speaks in the U.S. Senate offices about Senate Bill 744 in April. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.
Richard Valdemar speaks in the U.S. Senate offices about Senate Bill 744 in April. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.
The U.S. has historically had one of the most open immigration policies in the world, and the nations that most often criticize us have the most repressive immigration laws. Apparently capitulating to these critics, even some supposed conservative politicians have joined the Gang of Eight to try to force feed another "immigration reform" bill to citizens.

In April, I joined many other local, state, and federal law enforcement experts in Washington D.C. to voice opposition to the flawed amnesty bill misnamed as "The Border Security, Economic, Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (Senate Bill 744). Needless to say, we did not get the ear of the Gang of Eight, not did we confuse their opinions with real facts and experience. Chris Cane, president of the union for ICE agents, was even threatened with arrest for daring to ask permission to ask a question at the bill's presentation.

What does this have to do with gangs, you ask? It has a lot to do with gangs, Muslim terrorists, and international drug cartels whose primary memberships are made up of undocumented aliens.

Section 3701 of the bill allows illegal aliens, who are also members of criminal street gangs, to receive a waiver to enter the country simply by making the claim that they have renounced their gang affiliation. We all know gang members would never lie to authorities, right? Under this law, these criminal gang members would still be eligible for citizenship even if they have been deported for criminal activity in the past.

In fact, the Department of Homeland Security secretary must waive misdemeanor criminal convictions to determine an illegal immigrant's eligibility for Registered Provisional Immigration (RPI) status. These convictions include serious offences such as assault, assault on a peace officer, vehicular homicide, possession of drug manufacturing equipment, discharging an explosive device, DUI, and common sexual predator offences.

Section 2102 of the bill directs DHS to ignore state convictions for crimes such as human smuggling, harboring, trafficking, and many gang crimes when approving applications for legalization, even when these convictions under federal statutes would bar them from legalization. This seems to me to be an insult from the federal government to local and state courts and law enforcement.

Perhaps your jurisdiction has experienced the infestation of Southern California-based gangs such as the Sureños, or the transnational Los Angeles-based gangs such as Florence 13, 18th Street, or Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). Illegal immigrants primarily make up the membership of these three largest Los Angeles gangs.

Did you know that one of 10 Los Angeles County residents entered the U.S. illegally? That stat is courtesy of a recent University of Southern California study reported by the Los Angeles Times. The report estimates that these undocumented aliens include 63% from Mexico, 22% from Central America, and 8% from the Philippians, Korea and China.

Offering these criminal immigrants a path to citizenship is unfair and insulting to the millions who have followed the rule of law, paid huge fees, and legally immigrated into the U.S. It is especially offensive to me as a Vietnam War veteran—many served honorably in the military, risking their life and limb to earn their citizenship.

We must consider an important question. Who are the primary victims of criminal illegal alien activity? The answer may surprise you—other legal and illegal people of the same race or ethnic extraction.

Latino gang and drug cartel members mostly murder, extort, kidnap, and assault other Latinos. There's a Houston organization dedicated to reminding us of the terrible cost of our unsecured border. The Remembrance Project and the Houston Eagle Forum run by Maria Espinoza keep these forgotten victims of illegal immigration before the public.

A WBRC report by Dave Gibson told the story of cartel hit man Jose Martinez. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the 50-year-old illegal immigrant attempting to enter Arizona from Mexico. Martinez had crossed many times before and travelled extensively throughout the U.S., but by luck this time a routine check revealed he was wanted in Lawrence County, Ala., for murder.

When he was interrogated by Lawrence County Sheriff's detectives, he confessed to more than 30 murders across the country—10 of them in California.

Martinez also confessed to a 2006 double murder in Marion County, Fla. The bullet-riddled bodies of Javier Huerta and Gustavo Olivares-Rivas were left in the back of a pick-up truck abandoned in the Ocala National Forest.

"From his statements, he's killed over 30 people throughout the United States so this is what he does. He's an individual who goes around and collects debts for the cartels and kills people," Detective T. J. Watts told the Central Florida News.

This should explode the urban myth that cross-border violence is rare. From my extensive experience in Los Angeles, I can tell you that cross-border violence is not rare at in the illegal alien communities. The cartel and gang enforcers can be active in any state and in any jurisdiction. And this is not only about Latino immigrants.

Other illegal alien hit-men operate in other ethnic communities. Communities established across the country by recently arrived Chinese, African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern immigrants are victimized just like the Latinos. Sometimes these illegal immigrant killers might be politically or religiously motivated. They enter the U.S. illegally utilizing false identities and often with false documents. They move in and out of illegal immigrant communities with impunity and leave a trail of unsolved violence wherever they go. Many of their crimes go unreported.

A great many of the illegal aliens entered the U.S. under various visa programs and overstayed their visas. This is what some of the 9/11 terrorists and the more recent Boston Marathon bomber suspects did. But under this new bill, an estimated 4.5 million visa overstays—including recent arrivals and document forgers—can attain legal status. This is a recipe for disaster. The U.S. has become the primary target of international terrorists, so we should tighten our border and immigration security not loosen it.

These illegal immigrants also travel internationally. Mexican and Belizean immigration authorities recently arrested an American and two Belizeans as agents of Hezbollah. Lebanese American Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, and Belizeans George Abdalah Elders and Justin Yasser Safa, were arrested as members of international terrorist organization Hezbollah, in Merida, Mexico, according to a Jan. 1 Associated Press story. Allaboun was extradited to Houston because he was already on a watch list and wanted by American law enforcement.

Without some form of biometric identification verification, paper documents are worthless in today's technological society. The gangs, drug, and human trafficking cartels, and the international terrorists control the counterfeit document industry. They can produce any kind of identification document to any quality standard. We only catch the ones who have poor quality documents. The good ones get past law enforcement. Under section 2102 of the bill, illegal immigrants who have committed document fraud, made false statements to authorities, or have absconded from court ordered removal can still apply for legal status.

Yet this bill is being sold as fair and just immigration reform. Don't be fooled. It's only another politically expedient path to amnesty for criminal illegal aliens. Gangs, cartels, and terrorists will exploit this weakening of our border and immigration security systems. Call, write, and e-mail your U.S. representatives and senators about Senate Bill 744. Don't stay silent.

Related:

Senate Adds Security Amendment To Immigration Bill

Tags: Illegal Immigration, Mexican Drug Cartels, Immigration Enforcement, U.S.-Mexico Border, Smuggling, Homeland Security


Comments (7)

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Rick @ 6/25/2013 4:27 PM

In 2005, the CFR published a paper calling for all of the immigration reform that we have witnessed Bush and Obama put into effect, including the 'border' being around all of North America, which has been called for of late. They called for the finishing touches to be in place by 2010, but we see it being completed now. Two world bank executives stated that the integration of our economies would lead to integration of our laws with Canada and Mexico. By linking our economies and through immigration "reform", we are being integrated into another country altogether and will be required to give up U.S. sovereignty. This has already transpired in Europe with the European Union and with the African Union. An American Union and Pacific Union have already been called for.

Bob@Az. @ 6/25/2013 5:28 PM

Residing in the Great State of Arizona for over forty years as I have and watching our southern portion slowly go from family owned ranches and homesteads to a "No mans land" of violence, drug smuggling and outright murder is disgusting. Our alledged representive of the people of Arizona, John McCain, seems to have forgotten his Oath, both as a Senator and more importantly, as a member of the U.S. Navy. Money is the top priority with his gang and the hell with the rest of the state. Time to put armed patrols along our borders and stop this crap. Every time we send a pos back to mexico their back here in weeks, if not days. They flaunt our laws, kill LEOs and keep coming in. The muslim-in-charge had best get his shit together or the real Americans may decide that enough is enough. Blues, Stay Safe.

Duke Holtzman @ 6/25/2013 6:17 PM

Why not let them live with the muslim president in Washington? He wants to set them loose on legal aliens and other US citizens. Anything for a future vote for Biden, a clone and worse than the muslim president!!! God save the USA!!!!!

tedb @ 6/26/2013 11:50 AM

For further up to date info, refer to the website of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers; NAFBPO.org

We were onboard during the failed Simpson-Mazzoli experiment (IRCA 86) and have been resisting this takeover attempt since then.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/26/2013 8:08 PM

Great write up. Our government amazes me.

Troop @ 6/27/2013 2:56 AM

Yay, federal government. Clowns.

Rick A. @ 6/27/2013 10:36 AM

We've spent an average of 9 BILLION a year on border security. More illegals are being deported than ever. How much spending will be enough. Will spending hundreds of millions more on drones and ineffective walls make any real difference? Will creating a border ecomony dependent on government border security spending help our nation? Bigger government through bigger spending is never the answer. Requiring all employers to use the E-verify system would solve a lot of these problems, but it won't make congressional donors rich. If big business wanted these problems fixed, they would have been a long time ago.

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