Sunday, October 23, 2016


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The recent murder committed by a twice-deported illegal immigrant gangbanger in a Maryland sanctuary county makes the following information both enraging and unbelievable; nearly 12,000 illegal immigrants with criminal histories were protected from federal authorities by sanctuary jurisdictions in the U.S. during a 19-month period, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) figures obtained by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

A few weeks ago CIS published a map identifying about 300 jurisdictions that have official policies shielding illegal aliens from federal authorities. During a 19-month stretch from January 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, more than 17,000 federal detainers were rejected by these sanctuary jurisdictions, CIS found.

Around 11,800 of the detainers, or 68%, were issued for individuals with a prior criminal history. “According to ICE statistics, since the Obama administration implemented the new Priority Enforcement Program in July 2015 restricting ICE use of detainers, the number of rejected detainers has declined,” CIS writes in a report accompanying the map. “However, the number of detainers issued by ICE also has declined in 2016, so it is not clear if the new policies are a factor.”

The bottom line is that hundreds of local governments across the nation shield illegal immigrants from the feds, even when they have engaged in criminal activity. In some cases they go on to commit heinous crimes that receive widespread media attention. Judicial Watch has reported many of them and launched investigations, obtaining public records from the jurisdictions that protected the criminal aliens.

Back in 2008 Judicial Watch obtained records from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department—an agency long renowned for offering sanctuary—related to Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador who murdered three innocent American citizens. Ramos was a member of a famously violent street gang and had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile (a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman) yet he was allowed to remain in the country.

Judicial Watch also investigated the 2010 case of a drunken illegal alien who killed a nun in Virginia and we sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain records. The Bolivian national, Carlos Montano, had a substantial criminal history but federal authorities released him on his own recognizance after two previous arrests. Virginia doesn’t have a statewide sanctuary policy, but Arlington and Chesterfield County do, according to the CIS database.

Judicial Watch’s probe determined that Montano had a revoked license and had previously been arrested on drunk-driving charges when his car crossed a median and slammed into a vehicle carrying three nuns. The two survivors were critically injured. The number of serious crimes committed by illegal aliens who have benefitted from sanctuary policies is undoubtedly on the rise.

Just last summer a case in a small sanctuary town of 40,000 received global media attention over the gruesome nature of the crime. A Haitian illegal immigrant who had spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder, savagely stabbed a young woman in Norwich, Connecticut then stuffed her body in a closet.

At least three deportation orders had been issued for the killer, Jean Jacques, dating back to 2002. Connecticut has long protected illegal immigrants with sanctuary policies and even offers them special drivers’ licenses, known as Drive Only. The state also gives illegal aliens discounted tuition at public colleges and universities and authorities work hard to restrict the feds from deporting illegal immigrants.

In fact, despite President Obama’s amnesty and open-borders policies, Connecticut is always a step ahead when it comes to protecting illegal immigrants and granting them rights. Undoubtedly, this attracts a large population of undocumented aliens like the murderer in this case.

Last week an illegal immigrant member of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang murdered a teenager in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The 28-year-old gangbanger from El Salvador, Oscar Delgado-Perez, had been deported twice in the last two years, according to a mainstream newspaper.

Nevertheless Delgado-Perez was never removed and, along with two fellow gangbangers, he brutally stabbed an 18-year-old more than 40 times in a Gaithersburg park as the teen begged for his life. Gaithersburg is in Montgomery County, which proudly offers illegal aliens sanctuary. In fact, earlier this year Montgomery County officials publicly reassured illegal aliens that police would play no role in a federal government operation to deport recent undocumented aliens from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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No one’s been convicted yet in the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who was killed in police custody–but the city of Baltimore is already paying through the nose.

The city of Baltimore agreed to pay his family $6.4 million in restitution and accepts full civil liability for Gray’s death, even though they haven’t yet filed a civil suit against the city.

Offering a settlement now would, if Gray’s family accepts it, avoid a lengthy and embarrassing trial for the city, and could prevent both the city and Gray’s family from discussing the case publicly.

Gray, 25, died while he was in police custody back in April. Six officers have been indicted in his death, but have not yet gone to trial.

Gray’s death sparked race riots that laid waste to inner-city Baltimore, and helped sink the nascent presidential campaign of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Gray’s death has also made him a major figure in the so-called Black Lives Matter movement, which has been criticized for turning many African-Americans against the nation’s police officers.

Nationwide, the murder rate has skyrocketed–up more than 40% in cities like Milwaukee, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. and a number of police officers have also been assassinated, with their killers claiming that they were avenging the death of slain civilians like Gray.

A generous settlement from the city of Baltimore could help keep the death of Freddie Gray off the headlines–but it could also risk fanning the flames of discontent.

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In an apparent effort to make itself even more irrelevant than it already is, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) this week chose Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as its 73rd President.

In their announcement, the Conference led by describing Rawlings-Blake not by her “accomplishments” but by what she is – the first black female president of the organization – the very definition of “identity politics” that celebrates style over substance.

Outgoing U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointing her head of the organization during the 83rd Annual Meeting of the USCM in San Francisco, California.

After enumerating the five other women who have presided over the organization, Rawlings-Blake was heralded as the sixth with little fanfare during the event which organizers described as a:

“…four-day gathering of nearly 300 mayors…who met to discuss a broad range policy issues impacting America’s cities and their economic health including community policing, federal investment in America’s cities and public-partnerships that drive innovation and efficiency.”

This hodgepodge of big government top-down “we know best” tax and spend thinking has led the nation’s inner-cities into a morass of failed programs, budget deficits, lost generations, economic decay, burning streets and embattled police departments that best describes urban America today.

According to a statement, Conference President Mayor Rawlings-Blake “will set the organization’s agenda, appoint committee and task force chairs and serve as the national spokesperson for the June 2015-June 2016 term.”

In her inaugural remarks, Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke about “community policing and its direct connection to the lack opportunity in many communities” (a.k.a. blame police for everything) saying:

“We talk a lot about how cities are on the upswing. Articles and books are being written about the new renaissance that’s taken place reversing a trend of decades of decline of cities. And it’s all great. But as you all saw two months ago there are still very large segments of our cities that feel disenfranchised, disaffected and disgusted.

They don’t see the growth and positivity that occurs in other parts of town. It’s an issue of opportunity as much as it is an issue of policing. It’s as much an issue of jobs as it is policing. It’s as much an issue of community development as it is policing. It is as much an issue of education as it is community policing. And we don’t lose sight of that.”

Rawlings-Blake ranted on saying:

“We will make sure that our priorities are part of the national debate and that commitments are made to our cities and urban America. I want this year to be the year that we make our voices heard and drive the agenda…

Nearly 90 percent of the people and 90 percent of the jobs are in our metro areas. And because of that, Washington needs to step up.”

Prior to becoming the President of the Conference of Mayors, Rawlings-Blake served as Vice President over the past year – a year when, under her leadership, Baltimore businesses were burned and looted… curfews implemented to get rioters off the streets… the city attorney indicted six police officers for following her orders… and the rates of violent crime including murder and assault have skyrocketed

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Donald F. Scott, 50, the armed guard who protected Geraldo Rivera as he covered the Baltimore riots last month was arrested on May 1 because he did not have a license to carry a gun in Maryland.

According to The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Rector, the guard “has been in jail since May 1 for carrying guns around Baltimore protest w/o an MD carry permit.”

The Sun reported that Baltimore Officer John Potter “spotted a man holding handcuffs and an ammunition box” on May 1 and kept watching as Scott allegedly “open the rear hatch of a Chevy Suburban and pull a Glock handgun from his waistband.”

According to Potter’s statement of probable cause, Potter then “signaled to other officers after spotting the Glock and Scott was detained. The Glock had one bullet in the chamber. Officers then found a loaded Cobra revolver in a second holster on Scott’s waist.”

Scott told the officers he left his permit to carry the weapons at home, according to the statement but police later determined that Scott did not have a license to carry in Maryland the statement said.

Police immediately arrested Scott on “two gun charges”. He remains in jail on a $350,000 bond.

According to Rector, “Assistant Public Defender Anthony Strollo, who was appointed Scott’s attorney after Scott was deemed indigent, said in a motion seeking his release that he lives with his wife in Washington with their seven children. Scott is a former law enforcement officer, bus driver and “the breadwinner for the family,” Strollo wrote.”

Rector reported that Scott was working as security for FOX News during the unrest in Baltimore on May 1. Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer referred questions to a security contractor used by Fox during the Baltimore unrest. Officials with that company didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

Breitbart News noted in their report on the incident that Fox’s decision to provide Geraldo Rivera with armed protection during the riots was peculiar is this respect. Breitbart News previously reported that on August 28 Rivera described the Second Amendment as “blind and stupid”. Breitbart reprinting his entire statement which reads:

“Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the NRA has unleashed an avalanche of deadly weapons on this gun-crazy country.

Just as [it] protects access to weapons for cops and hunters, it also protects access to weapons for domestic abusers, mental patients, jerk-offs on the no-fly list, all-around dim bulbs, and now little children.”

“Yet he had an armed security guard while in Baltimore,” Breitbart opined.

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When asked about the “root causes” of rioter’s rage in Baltimore over the past two weeks, President Barack Obama reached for the time worn arguments of all leftists to explain the righteous unrest – the income divides between rich and poor, lack of education opportunities in inner cities and lack of investment in urban communities.

Presumably, this is the Republican-controlled Congresses fault.

What the president chose to ignore and hoped the American people would forget is the fact that the city of Baltimore received a cash infusion of over $1.8 billion under his stimulus law including $467.1 million for education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.

As if the stimulus never happened, President Obama said if Congress would just make “massive investments in urban communities” Republicans could “make a difference right now” in a Democrat run city in flames following the police custody death of Freddie Gray.

It didn’t work when the Democrats did it, it doesn’t work anywhere the Democrats try it and it will not work if Republicans follow suit.

In fact, according to, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received more than $837 million – money that funding 276 awards and created 290 jobs through the last quarter in 2013.

According to a spending analysis of the stimulus money conducted by The Washington Free Beacon, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.

Next door, zip code 21202 received more than $425 million including a $136 million grant to “improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards.” Twenty-nine other Baltimore city zip codes received more than $568 million.

Of the stimulus money spent, $26.5 million came from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat gang activity and support at-risk juveniles. According to then Governor Martin O’Malley, the funds were to be used to achieve:

“The State of MD Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) goals and objectives of this project are to create and retain jobs to bolster Maryland’s faltering economy, and make resources available to law enforcement and other public safety agencies to help protect Maryland citizens…”

Funding was also supposed to:

“…to curb the growth of criminal gangs in Maryland, and to effectively dismantle existing gangs…” through programs like “Operation Safe Kids” designed to “develop and implement an effective community-based supervision model for at-risk juveniles to minimize residential placements without compromising public safety.”

Funding was also included to reform the criminal justice system and:

“…identify non-violent substance abusing offenders who may be amenable to treatment, and place them under community-based supervision with intensive drug treatment combined with strong judicial oversight and support.”

The stimulus included $26 million to “redevelop residential foreclosed, abandoned, or vacant properties in… $9.5 million for homelessness prevention …and $5.6 million in Community Services Block Grants to “promote the economic and social well-being of children, youth, families and communities.”

According to advocates:

“The funding is used for activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty, revitalization of low-income communities, and empowerment of low-income families and individuals…”

And that “These activities include, but are not limited to; emergency services, shelter programs and services, job training and job readiness training, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, nutrition programs, as well as medical assistance programs and services.”

What did we get for $1.8 billion?

Baltimore’s official unemployment rate is 8.4 percent (probably closer to twice that), is run by a mayor who gave rioters “space to destroy”, protected by a city attorney who threw the Baltimore police department under the bus and represented by a congressional delegation that agrees with President Obama that things would be great in exchange for more funding.

The Washington Free Beacon added that:

“Peter Wehner of Commentary Magazine pointed out that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) only invested $885 million in education projects in Afghanistan over a ten-year period, less than the amount that Baltimore received from the stimulus law.”

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The city of Baltimore has officially lost it.

First, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the most idiotic, dangerous thing any mayor of any city could ever say:

“It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”

Giving permission for thugs to destroy the city she’s supposed to keep safe. Good job, Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

Of course, I can call the rioters “thugs”–but it turns, the Baltimore City Council got in trouble for that word.

As Baltimore burns, Baltimore City Council President Jack Young took to address apparently the most important thing on his desk: apologizing for calling rioters “thugs.”

He instead called those responsible for the shocking violence “misdirected.”

You think?

Keep in mind these “misdirected” rioters have torched 15 buildings and hundreds of cars, and attacked more than 15 police officers. Their pictures could be in Webster’s Dictionary under the word “thug.”

“We are all Baltimoreans,” Young added.

I’m sure all Baltimoreans will sleep a little better tonight knowing that their mayor is helping give rioters “space to destroy” and that their city council president is primarily concerned with not hurting rioters’ feelings.

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Toya Graham was having none of it when she found her 16-year-old son Michael wearing a hoodie and mask in the midst of the Baltimore riots that erupted on city streets following the police custody death of Freddie Gray early last week.

Upon finding her son in the crowd, Ms. Graham started slapping him around the head and neck forcing him to back away from the street trouble and occasionally turn to face his mother long enough for the slapping to begin anew.

A TV crew filmed Ms. Graham screaming at her son who was dressed entirely in black to “take the mask off” (which he did) and to “get over here” to face more hands on discipline.

When interviewed, Ms. Graham said:

“He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

Ms. Graham was referencing the 25-year-old black man who died from as severe spinal injury and a crushed trachea in police custody earlier in the month.

“At that point, I just lost it.”…”I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.”

“There’s some days that I’ll shield him in the house just so he won’t go outside and I know that I can’t do that for the rest of my life.”…”I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.”

Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the riots and violence against police. She said the unrest in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn’t want that life for her son. This reputation is why her son recoiled the second he saw her.

“He knew he was in trouble.” “He said when ‘I seen you,’ he said, ‘ma, my instinct was to run.'”

Graham said that after she got her son home they watched news coverage of the demonstrations and riots on television as images of their mother son encounter went viral. Graham says comments started appearing on her son’s Facebook page in support of her.

“Friends and everybody making comments and saying you know, you shouldn’t be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug,” said Graham.

Graham hopes the incident will serve as a teachable moment for her son. “And by him seeing everything what’s going on I just hope, I’m not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night.”

By late Monday night, the video had become so popular that Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts referenced the incident during a press conference. He said that many of the rioters were young people from nearby schools and encouraged parents get their children home.

“And if you saw in one scene, you had one a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight,” Batts told reporters.

“I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department, and address it that way.”

So far, at least 20 police officers have been injured in the violence and one person was critically hurt in a fire. Police made 235 arrests, including 34 juveniles. The streets were calmer early Tuesday as the National Guard deployed in time to enforce the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in effect.

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Rioters protesting the police custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore following his April 12 arrest received support for their lawlessness from some unlikely quarters — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Police arrested Gray on a weapons charge in a high-crime area of Baltimore known for drugs.

According to Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez. Grey “gave up without the use of force.” Somewhere between the time police arrested Grey and placed in a police transport van and the van’s arrival at its destination, Grey has suffered a severe spinal cord injury according to a police report.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake said:

I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police, and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters could exercise their right to free speech.

It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we gave those who wished to destroy space to do that, as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate. And that’s what you saw.

Baltimore police made 34 arrests during Saturday’s demonstration, and six officers were allegedly injured. Protestors smashed several downtown storefronts and damaged several police cars.

Despite her comments about creating a “space” for more destructive elements in protests, Mayor Rawlings-Blake blamed “outside forces”…for “inciting some of the ‘shut this city down’ sort of messaging.” according to the Baltimore Sun.

The mayor then made a call for peace noting that burial would held for Gray on Monday and that the Baltimore Police Department’s full report on Grey’s arrest and death should be released by this weekend.

Currently, police are getting ready for additional protests later today following reports that several groups were planning to work together and target their violence against police.



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