BY JIM KOURI
The residents of so-called sanctuary cities in California witnessed the trials of two illegal aliens who viciously murdered several victims in separate incidents, a law enforcement source in California told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Friday.
In two unrelated cases that illustrate the high price communities pay for sanctuary policies, two illegal aliens — both with extensive criminal records — were convicted of first-degree murder by juries this week in different parts of a border state that’s actually prided itself on protecting illegal aliens, according to a legal watchdog group that investigates and exposes government corruption and criminal activity perpetrated by government officials.
In one case –in the what some call “The Mother of All Sanctuary Cities” — a San Francisco a jury found Edwin Ramos, a renowned gang banger, guilty of three first-degree murder counts for the 2008 killings of a 48-year-old man and his two sons. Ramos had a lengthy criminal record at the time he murdered the family, but San Francisco sanctuary laws shielded him from deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“While President Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder harass and sue states and law enforcement agencies that enforce immigration law, they have failed to go after any city officials who refuse to comply with federal immigration laws such as notifying ICE agents regarding criminal aliens,” said former NYPD detective and military intelligence officer Sidney Franes.
Judicial Watch obtained public records that revealed the San Francisco police knew Ramos was an active member of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang and that he had numerous run-ins with police officers, including arrests for weapons and gang-related charges.
Furthermore, police knew Ramos was in the U.S. illegally yet released him after every encounter. In short, the records obtained by JW prove that don’t-ask, don’t-tell sanctuary policies protect illegal alien gang bangers and put American citizens at risk.
The famously leftist northern California city has long protected illegal immigrants and offered them costly public services that should be reserved for legal residents and citizens, according to Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles.
In fact, illegal aliens are assured through costly, Spanish-language advertisement campaigns that they will never be reported to federal law enforcement agents such as ICE, the HSI (Homeland Security Investigations), the U.S. Border Patrol or other agency that could initiate the deportation process.
San Francisco was officially proclaimed an illegal alien sanctuary city by its board of supervisors in 1989 and now lawmakers are taking it a huge step further by creating legislation to grant illegal aliens official city identification cards.
Criminal Alien Pedro Espinoza
Meanwhile, a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles, another illegal immigrant gang banger, Pedro Espinoza, was also convicted of first-degree murder this week for gunning down a standout high school football player in 2008. Jurors deliberated for about four hours before reaching a verdict, according to the JW web site.
According to Judicial Watch, “Espinoza proudly sports a tattoo with the initials ‘B.K,’ which police say stands for Blood Killer.”
Espinoza had just completed a jail sentence for a previous felony when he murdered the 17-year-old star running back, Jamiel Shaw, as he walked home. The entire city of Los Angeles mourned the loss of the up-and-coming star athlete.
“What should have happened was prison officials should have contacted ICE prior to his release. But, no… they let him go out onto the streets to kill. Justice is taking a long nap in California,” said police officer Iris Aquino of New York.
As with San Francisco, Los Angeles has strict policies banning law enforcement officers from inquiring about suspects’ immigration status. In this case it allowed a violent gang banger to gun down a talented young athlete who was being recruited by top colleges, said the JW blog.
Political activists and citizens are advocating Jamiel’s Law which will target gang members living in the City of Los Angeles illegally. Eventually, Jamiel’s Law will cover every city and every state in the United States of America. The only people who should be afraid of Jamiel’s Law are the illegal alien gangs, say the group’s officials.
According to Judicial Watch, the watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., it has led — and continues to lead — a nationwide effort to eradicate don’t-ask, don’t-tell law enforcement policies like the ones that led to these horrific crimes.
In the public interest, Judicial Watch has filed lawsuits against police departments in Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston where officers are prohibited from inquiring about suspects’ immigration status.
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.