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MS-13 gang members sentenced for kidnapping and murdering 2 juveniles in VA

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The Department of Justice released a statement declaring “Five members of the transnational street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have received sentences of life imprisonment for their roles in the kidnapping and murder of two adolescent boys in 2016.”

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, the 5 MS-13 gang members targeted a 17-year-old resident of Falls Church, “who they erroneously suspected was a member of the rival 18th Street gang.”

On August 28, 2016, the gang lured the victim to Holmes Run Stream Valley Park in Fairfax County under the pretense that there was going to be a gang meeting there. Instead, the MS-13 gang members restrained, attacked, and killed the victim, stabbing and chopping him more than 100 times with knives, a machete, and a pickaxe.

They then broke his legs so that his body would fit into the pre-dug hole that was nearby. Court records and evidence presented at trial also established that the same individuals also targeted a 14-year-old resident of Alexandria.

Reportedly, the gang members “erroneously suspected” the 14-year-old was a police informant. On the evening of September 26, 2016, nearly a month after the killing of the 17-year-old, the gang used their same tactic and told the minor to attend a gang meeting later that night at the same park.

“Not long thereafter,” the DOJ statement continues, the 14-year-old went “outside in his pajamas, telling his mother he was just taking out the trash.” Eventually, several gang members picked up the child and took him to the same park and killed him in the same fashion.

They also filmed the murder with a cell phone so that they could prove to gang leaders in the United States and in El Salvador that they deserved to be promoted in rank.

The statement concludes:

“Brutality is the hallmark of MS-13. The defendants kidnapped and murdered two innocent teenagers, shattering their dreams and stoking fear in the communities we live and work in,” said Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal and Cyber Division. “This joint investigation demonstrates the FBI and our law enforcement partners’ refusal to tolerate violent gang members who terrorize our neighborhoods and ruthlessly murder rival gang members and innocent civilians.”

“This is a profoundly disturbing case involving gang members taking the lives of young members of our community. We are proud to work with our Federal partners on cases like this to keep Fairfax County and surrounding communities safe,” said Kevin Davis, Fairfax County Chief of Police.

To date, a total of 17 defendants have been charged in this case, five of whom went to trial and were convicted of all charges. Nine defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial. See the table below for additional information on the defendants who were convicted at trial.

 

 

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Judiciary hearing spotlights Biden’s dangerously ‘intentional’ open border policy

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee bashed the Biden administration Wednesday for the growing southwest border crisis, saying the massive increase in illegal migration and drug trafficking is the result of intentional policies put in place by the White House.

I absolutely agree and contend that Biden’s open border policy is a direct threat to the national security of our nation, making the U.S. vulnerable to our enemies and putting the lives of U.S. citizens and migrants at risk.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began the hearing by addressing the overwhelming numbers of migrants from all over the world that are being trafficked by cartels and associated human smuggling organizations into the United States since Biden took office, as Iv’e previously reported. These migrants pay thousands, and many times tens of thousands of dollars, to make the dangerous and harrowing journey to the U.S. border.

The trek is laden with tragedy. Children are at the mercy of those trafficking them resulting in physical, sexual and mental abuse. Women and men are raped. Many illegal migrants are sold into slavery to pay back the cartels for their journey. Even those that make it into the country without being victimized by the traffickers are many times forced into slavery once they arrive or live in the shadows.

The officials at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. are doing little to mitigate this crisis and in fact, tow the narrative of the Biden White House.

Republican lawmakers criticized embattled DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has publicly stated that the U.S. southern border “is secure” despite all evidence to the contrary. His lies are palpable and lawmakers are calling for his resignation. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, was first to file impeachment articles against Mayorkas and said Tuesday, that “the founders said that you have impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors — that’s constitutional. They didn’t say you have to be convicted of a felony. What they said is you have a public official who has violated public trust and there is nobody who typifies that more in my opinion than Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.”

Still, Mayorkas is refusing to budge. Why should he? He’s doing exactly what the President is demanding of him. As for the American people, a significant portion of our nation is left in the dark because of a feckless politically motivated media that can’t allow the truth to get in the way of its lies.

It has never been this bad. I’ve covered the border for roughly 18 years and the consequences of President Biden’s open border policies will be dire. The number of illegal migrant encounters and more importantly the overwhelming numbers of known got-a-ways that have not been vetted and who have disappeared into the fabric of our nation will, in my opinion, directly impact our national security.

Jordan put the blame for the overwhelming border crisis squarely on the White House. I agree. He stated, “make no mistake the Biden administration is carrying out its plan.” It was a plan that Biden advertised when he became President and one that his minions are carrying out regardless of the warnings being issued by federal employees, like the Border Patrol agents and ICE officers, and local and state law enforcement, who are on the front lines of this daily battle.

Jordan reminded the committee that in Mayorkas’ own words he said, “we are executing our plan on the border.”

He also referenced Biden’s statement at the beginning of his presidency, when he bragged that his administration “would make it easier for people to get here.”

It’s just that simple. There is no need to dissect the White House statements or try to come up with other interpretations of why the U.S. Mexico border, is almost non-existent.

The numbers of people illegally entering our nation since Biden was elected is evidence enough. More than 2.3 million migrants were encountered at the U.S. Mexico border in 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By the time Biden leaves office more than 5 million will have been encountered by federal agents and that’s a low-ball guess, according to many U.S. officials I’ve spoken with familiar with the crisis. In fact, the real numbers of illegal aliens in the United States are believed to roughly 22 to 25 million people and you can bet based on those already apprehended that some of them are terrorists with the intention of doing harm to our nation.

“These numbers make clear that the Biden administration does not have operational control of the border,” said Jordan.“Month after month after month, we have set records for migrants coming into the country and frankly, I think it’s intentional.”

We know what’s happing with the open border,  so the most important question we can ask is, why is the administration pursuing an open border policy? What is the ultimate agenda of this policy? Is it more votes? Is it more globalist pursuits in the Western Hemisphere?

We can only guess but it’s up to our lawmakers, like those on the House Judiciary Committee, to hold the Biden officials accountable in such a way that they are forced to confront the truth before the American public through tough questions under oath before the committees. No dog and pony shows. No excuses or deals.

Our lawmakers need to expose the truth no matter how difficult it is to hear – whether it’s the tragic deaths by our citizens from Fentanyl poisoning while adversaries like China send precursor chemicals to Mexican cartels to kill our youth, the trafficking of children for sex and other nefarious purposes, the increase in deaths of migrants at the border and the very real possibility that people associated with terrorism have entered the United States.

These are only some of the the litany of issues our nation is grappling with under a Biden open border policy.

We need to hold the Biden officials accountable because when something does happen, we need to  have their lies on record. We cannot accept any U.S. officials making excuses or acting ignorant of the situation, just like we saw during the 911 Commission hearings.

In fact, the White House’s continuing failure to protect the national security of our country is already a dereliction of duty.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC 

 

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