Did MS-13 Bury Murdered Boy in Shadow of US Capitol?

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Once again MS-13 is proving President Trump was right when he called them animals.

It happened in an otherwise peaceful park, along a beautiful stream, flowing down to a famous river — the Potomac.

In fact, the stream-side park lies just across the road from a neighborhood that has been home to an attorney general, a future Republican presidential nominee, a Democratic White House chief of staff and a liberal justice of the Supreme Court.

The boy’s mother, according to reports by The Washington Post and Washington’s local NBC affiliate, said he left their apartment — “in his pajamas,” as the Post noted — to drop some trash in a dumpster. But he did not come back.

That was Sept. 26, 2016.

About six weeks later, with 14-year-old Sergio Triminio still missing, police arrested an MS-13 gang member, according to an affidavit that an FBI officer submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He went by the nickname “Lil Sicario” — and he had his cellphone on him. It contained a hideous video.

“In the suspected murder video, the victim can be seen lying face down on the ground while multiple subjects are striking the victim with weapons, including a kitchen knife and a machete,” says the FBI affidavit.

“In the video, the victim is wearing plaid boxer shorts and multi-colored pajama pants,” it says. “A close-up of the victim shows that a piece of the victim’s scalp has been sliced away by a sharp object. During the attack, the assailants are heard speaking in Spanish. The video lasts approximately 52 seconds, ending while the attack is still underway. After reviewing the video, Fairfax County detectives suspected that the victim in the video was either Triminio or another individual recently killed in a suspected MS-13 murder.”

About three and a half months after that, on the last day of February 2017, according to the FBI affidavit, an “individual known by law enforcement to have ties to the MS-13 gang … advised a Fairfax County detective that he knew where two bodies were buried.”

This “confidential source” — or CS-1, as the affidavit calls him — brought the police to the Holmes Run Stream Valley Park.

This park, a densely wooded ravine, sits directly across Columbia Pike from the Lake Barcroft neighborhood — former home to LBJ’s Attorney General Ramsey Clark, RNC Chairman Bob Dole, Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The park is figuratively — if not literally — in the shadow of the Capitol. If you drive down Columbia Pike to the 14th Street Bridge, it is about 9 miles to the Supreme Court and a little less than that to the office buildings of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Along the way you will pass the Jefferson Memorial, where an inscription says: “all men are … endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

On March 1, 2017, the FBI joined local police in searching for the two bodies CS-1 said were in the park.

They found them. “Among one set of remains, officers found plaid boxer shorts, multi-colored pajamas, and a kitchen knife,” says the affidavit. “These items of clothing were similar, if not identical, to those worn by the victim in the aforementioned video,” it says. “The recovered kitchen knife also appeared to be the same one law enforcement observed in the aforementioned video.”

A pathologist confirmed that this was Sergio and that he had been murdered.

Then the confidential source unloaded.

“CS-1 told investigators that he was present for Triminio’s murder,” says the affidavit.

“According to CS-1, several MS-13 members and associates stabbed Triminio with knives and also struck him with a machete and pick axe,” it says.

“CS-1 told investigators that Triminio’s murder was recorded on video and sent to ‘Lil Sicario,’ who approved the murder,” says the affidavit.

Why does the FBI think they did it?

“Investigators have obtained evidence indicating that Triminio was an associate of the international street gang, La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, and that Triminio was murdered by other MS-13 members and associates because they believed he was cooperating with law enforcement,” says the affidavit.

An indictment was unsealed last week in the U.S. District Court. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a press release that it alleges that 10 men “conspired together and with others to lure a 14-year-old male to the same park in Fairfax County where he was attacked and killed because he was thought to be cooperating with law enforcement.”

The U.S. attorney said that El Salvador was the “country of origin” for all 10 men. Six of them, according to the U.S. attorney’s press release, are now only 20 years old — meaning they were 18 when the alleged murder occurred.

Sergio Triminio, whom The Washington Post reported “was born in Honduras,” was denied his God-given right to life before he had lived even that long.



Criminal Behavior, Not Racism, Explains ‘Racial Disparities’ in Crime Stats

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Larry Elder is spot in with his observations but these facts will not stop the drive by media and the race baiters from screaming racism.

A new study on racial disparities in police conduct found that differences in offending by suspects, not racism, explains officers’ responses.

In the study “Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force?” professors from Michigan State and Arizona State universities analyzed officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015 and 2016. The report’s abstract says: “We benchmark two years of fatal shooting data on 2016 crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects… Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive.”

Two recent studies found cops more reluctan to use deadly force against blacks, including one by a black Harvard economist. Professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. concluded: “On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.”

But aren’t blacks routinely “racially profiled” by cops? Not according to the Police-Public Contact Survey. Produced every three years by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, the survey asks more than 60,000 people about their interactions with the police. It asks respondents’ to provide age, race and gender. It asks them whether they had any contact with the police in the last year; what was the experience like; how were your treated; was there a use of force and so on. Turns out, according to a September 2017 National Review article, black men and white men are about equally likely to have a contact with a cop in a given year. As to multiple contacts, defined as three or more with the police in a given year, 1.5 percent of blacks vs. 1.2 percent of whites fall in that category. Not much difference.

There’s also the National Crime Victimization Survey, which questions victims of crimes, whether or not the criminal was captured, as to the race and ethnicity of the suspect. It turns out that the race of the arrested matches the percentage given by victims. So unless victims are lying about the race of their assailant, unconcerned about whether he gets caught, blacks are not being “over arrested.”

A reasonable discussion about blacks and police practices cannot take place without acknowledging the disproportion amount of crime committed by blacks. According to the Department of Justice’s “Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2009,” in the country’s 75 largest counties, blacks committed 62 percent of robberies, 45 percent of assaults and accounted for 57 percent of murder defendants.

The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young white men is accidents, such as car accidents. The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is homicide, usually committed by another young black man, not a cop. In 2016, according to the latest data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 7,881 blacks were killed.

The courageous Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald, who writes extensively about police practice, asked: “Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous. … Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer.”

In 2012 in the city of Rialto, California, population approximately 100,000, cops were randomly assigned body cameras based on their shifts. Over the next year, use-of-force incidents on the shifts that had cameras were half the rate of those without cameras. But something rather extraordinary also happened. Complaints against all Rialto police officers with were down almost 90 percent from the prior year.

It turns out when civilians knew they were being recorded, they — not the cops — behaved better and stop making false accusations. The use of force by cops also declined, but, again, not because the police changed their conduct. No, the cops continued performing as they’d been trained. Civilians, aware that they were being taped, were less confrontational and were more likely to cooperate and follow instructions. As a result, cops needed to use force less frequently.

Still, when actor Jesse Williams gave a four-minute rant at the 2016 BET Awards about what he considered racist police practices, he claimed, “What we’ve been doing is looking at the data, and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day.”

Backlash: Democrats’ 5-Point Plan for Defeat in 2018

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H/T Town Hall.

There is a good chance that the Republicans will get a super majority in both Houses of Congress.

Democrats have nothing to offer voters this election cycle except outrage and protests. As a recovering liberal myself, I’ve told my radio audience for years “democrats make you mad, so you don’t have to think.” Heading into the midterm elections, it’s clear their strategy hasn’t changed post-Obama.

I’ve grown increasingly convinced that Trump’s 2016 victory will not be the last political shockwave Americans will witness this decade. As you know, the party opposite the White House administration typically wins the midterm elections. With Trump’s rising poll numbers, it’s possible Democrats are in for a rude awakening this November; we’re more likely to see a “Red wave” than a “Blue wave.”

Thus far, the Democratic Party hasn’t advanced any solutions concerning the economy and job creation, domestic unity, illegal immigration or foreign policy. As a matter of fact, if you’re a part of the Trump administration, you’ll be lucky to find a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal free of protesters or without fear of being kicked out. Just ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

A backlash is inevitable this fall. The question is how large will it be? I consider myself a “Wait-and-see Trumper.” I voted for Ted Cruz in the GOP presidential primary and I wrote him in on the November ballot. Today, I’d vote for Trump in a heartbeat! Furthermore, I’m so sick and tired of the Democrats’ fake outrage towards everything Trump is for, I’m actually excited to vote Republican for the first time since 2012.

Trump has racked up some great accomplishments since taking office. He’s appointed a record number of conservative judges to the federal bench; he’s got a plan to defund Planned Parenthood; he’s nearly abolished ISIS (a feat President Obama said would take 25 years); he’s signed the “Tax cuts, Jobs Act” into law, and he continues to abolish onerous regulations, particularly at the EPA, that wreaked havoc on our economy and job creators for decades. In short, with the exception of tariffs, Trump has been a pleasant surprise for conservatives like myself determined to see GOP victory this fall.

What’s the Democratic plan to win new voters this fall? I’ve compiled an unofficial list below:

  1. Repeal your tax cuts -if the Republican tax cuts are mere crumbs, why does Nancy Pelosi want the money back in D.C. so badly? Workers deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money to put food on the table for their families, buy a new appliance or furniture piece, or even enjoy something as simple as a night out at the movies. Apparently, Pelosi wants to remain rich and keep the rest of us poor. Always remember that your money is representative of your time here on earth; no politician has the right to your time.
  2. Keep racism alive– Democrats have a vested interest in keeping all forms of identity politics alive. They need us divided. If they didn’t keep their voters paralyzed by outrage and fear, they’d be forced to debate their positions on policy issues that affect all Americans – a losing battle for them.
  3. Impeach Trump – it seems Democrats will do or say anything to regain the majority in Congress in hopes of impeaching Trump. However, as new information continues to emerge in the IG report about in-house corruption and James Comey’s incompetence, it’s more likely Democrats will experience a backlash from “Wait-and-see Trumpers” like myself if they continue to pursue what’s clearly an unwarranted case for impeachment.
  4. Open borders – in order for Democrats to win elections they must keep people poor and powerless. What better way to do that than to import Democrats (illegal immigrants) from across the border? The more successful and independent you become as an American citizen the less likely you are to need public assistance. Democrats can’t afford that.
  5. Empower Social Justice Warriors in professional sports – Colin Kaepernick is no longer a quarterback in the NFL because his skill level doesn’t justify the distraction that’ll come along with hiring him. For decades Americans could attend or watch sports events and the only colors that mattered were team colors, and the only issues that mattered were winning and losing. Complete strangers shared a camaraderie that transcended race and wallet size. Sports is an escape from the real world amongst fans and friends. Now liberals have ruined that too.

The Democratic Party has been co-opted by the far left-wing of their party. Americans are growing sick of their divisive tactics. President Obama was able to march his party further left because he was an aberration as America’s first black president. By in large, Americans have had enough.

We’re not racists because we want secure borders! We’re not selfish because we believe we can handle our money better than politicians in D.C.! We’re not bigots, homophobes and xenophobes because we’re guided by the dictates of faith and religion! We’re not war mongers because we believe if you have the audacity to place our troops in harm’s way you’d better give them the tools and equipment needed so they can win quickly and decisively. We’re Americans who love our country and the Constitution, and until Democrats realize that, their happy days at the ballot box are over.

Whoa: Americans Have Bought More Guns In the Past Two Months Than Our Military Has On Hand

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The DemocRats think if they wanted they could have door to door gun confiscation.

May was another solid month in gun sales, with over two millionbackground checks being run according to the FBI. Yet, Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon also touched upon the Small Arms Survey, which showed that Americans own 393 million of the one billion-plus firearms in worldwide circulation. So, while we’re not the majority owner of all guns worldwide, Gutowski broke down some interesting aspects of this report. First, that in the last two months alone, Americans have bought more guns that our entirely military has on hand, and that Americans bought more guns in 2017 than every police agency in the world did combined:

…American civilians own nearly 100 times as many firearms as the U.S. military and nearly 400 times as many as law enforcement.

Federal Bureau of Investigation background check records suggest that civilians bought more than 2 million guns in May alone, which means civilians purchase more than double the number of firearms owned by police departments. The number of gun-related civilian background checks in May and April, at over 4.7 million, is greater than the number of firearms currently owned by the American military.

The FBI reported processing more than 25.2 million gun-related civilian background checks in 2017, which is more than the 22.7 million guns the Small Arms Survey estimates are currently held by every law enforcement agency in the world combined. Between 2012 and 2017, the FBI reported conducting more than 135 million civilian gun checks—more than the 133 million guns the Small Arms Survey estimates are in all the world’s military stockpiles.

The Small Arms Survey estimated there are about 1 billion firearms currently in circulation throughout the world. By its estimate, about 85 percent are owned by civilians and American civilians own nearly 40 percent of all the guns in the world. Researchers said worldwide firearms ownership was up since the last time they studied the issue about a decade ago.

He elaborated more on social media:

Stephen Gutowski


This, of course, makes is by far the #1 in civilian gun ownership in the world with the next closest being India at about 70 million. There are more civilian-owned guns in the US than their are people Most people, I think, understand that but don’t really grasp what it means.

Stephen Gutowski


Every law enforcement agency in America combined have about 1 million firearms in their inventory. That means American civilians have about 400 TIMES as many firearms as American police.

Stephen Gutowski


In May alone, American civilians bought somewhere around 2 million firearms. That’s twice as many firearms as every police department in America combined IN A SINGLE MONTH.

Stephen Gutowski


Similarly, the American military is estimated to hold about 4.5 million firearms. That means American civilians have 100 TIMES as many firearms as every branch of the American military COMBINED.

Stephen Gutowski


If you combine May and April’s gun-related background check numbers you get 4.7 million. That means the American public bought more guns IN JUST THE LAST TWO MONTHS than the entire American military has on hand.

Stephen Gutowski


Furthermore, the Small Arms Survey estimates all the world’s law enforcement agencies combined hold about 22.7 million guns. In 2017 alone, the FBI processed 25.2 million gun checks. The American public bought more guns in 2017 than every police agency in the world combined.

Stephen Gutowski


Between 2012 and 2017, the FBI did more than 135 million civilian gun checks. That’s more than the estimated 133 million guns held by ALL THE WORLD’S MILITARIES COMBINED.

All I can say is God bless our country and our Bill of Rights.

Why Is This Anti-Trump GOP Senator Considering Holding Trump Judicial Nominees Hostage

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Arizona and the Senate will be better off once Flaky Jeff and John Songbird are finally out of office.

Yes, under President Trump, the most federal judges have been confirmed in the first year of a presidency—ever. Yes, we have Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, but more work needs to be done. There are plenty of nominees in the pipeline, but we have a potential clog. And that clog’s name is Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Mr. 18 percent is threatening to hold Trump judicial nominees hostage over the president’s actions on tariffs. The GOP has a one-seat majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If Flake decided to take a bunker mentality on these nominations and dig in, we’re stuck. This is why the chair of the committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), is not putting up any more nominees for a vote until Flake agrees to support these judges. Granted, Grassley also said the calendar is full, but it’s the principle of the matter (via The Hill):

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is reportedly considering using votes on President Trump’s appellate court nominees as a bargaining chip for demands on two separate issues.

CNN reported that Flake may block votes on the court nominations while he attempts to secure action on tariffs and travel restrictions to Cuba.

“We’re discussing it,” he told the network.

Flake is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Republicans hold a one-seat advantage over Democrats.

If Flake does not support the appellate nominees, it could compromise their nominations. Most judges are voted out of the committee along party lines.

However, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN that he will not schedule votes on the judges until Flake has indicated he’ll support the nominees.

Grassley added that the Senate nominations calendar is full, and he does not feel pressured to vote on judges at this time.

Flake is an noted anti-Trump Republican, but he’s also leaving because he knew that he would a) face a primary challenge; and b) would most likely lose that challenge. He barely won his 2012 election. People say the GOP has become Trump’s party, whatever that means. It’s a party that has given the old conservative guard almost everything they want. Yes, there is some disagreement over the tariffs, but we’ve seen a booming economy, extensive tax reform, moving the ball on getting rid of job-killing regulations, gutting the core of Obamacare, and the military destruction of ISIS. Flake is the losing side of a war. Trump fully took the reins of the party as soon as tax reform was passed—and that was a good thing, folks. If this is how Jeff Flake wants to go out, well, then good riddance, sir.

Mother Whose Son Was Tortured to Death by an Illegal Alien: Our Family is Permanently Separated

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Sadly the left does not give a Damn about the permanent separation of these Angel parents from their children murdered by illegals.

President Trump held an event at the White House Friday afternoon honoring American families who are the victims of illegal alien crime.

“These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word you have to think about is ‘permanently,'” Trump said with parents holding photos in memory of their children behind him. “The news media has overlooked their stories.”

The White House


“For years their pain was met with silence, their plight with indifference, but no more…”

A number of family members spoke and told devastating stories about their loss.

Mark Knoller


Ray Tranchant tells @POTUS and @VP of losing his 16-year-old daughter Tessa in 2007 to an illegal alien drunk driver.

Mark Knoller


As @POTUS listens, Juan Pina tells of losing his 14-year-old daughter Christy Sue Pina in 1990. Says her alleged killer finally extradited last month from Mexico.

Saagar Enjeti


Angel mom at @POTUS event: “I didn’t drag him over borders, through desserts, I didn’t place him in harm’s way. I protected my child from harm, but I couldn’t do that on July 12, 2012.”

Saagar Enjeti


Angel mom at @POTUS event: “I didn’t drag him over borders, through desserts, I didn’t place him in harm’s way. I protected my child from harm, but I couldn’t do that on July 12, 2012.”

Saagar Enjeti


Angel Father speaking at @POTUS event talking about his son’s death: “This is permanent separation. For his birthday, I go to his grave. We set up a Christmas tree on grant’s grave….I wish some of our media had the same integrity as our president, our vice president.”

Gabby Morrongiello


At White House, mother whose son Josh was tortured and killed by illegal immigrants tells @potus: “We weren’t lucky enough to be separated for five or ten days. We’re separated permanently. Any time we want to visit our son, we go to visit our cemetery.”

You can watch the entire remarks in their entirety below.


Previously Deported Illegal Alien Accused of Raping Deaf Woman at Gunpoint…in 1996

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President Trump needs to hang Jose Abarca the necks of DemocRats like George H.W.Bush hung Willie Horton around the neck of Michael Dukakis.

People like Jose Abarca and MS-13 are the reason we need a border wall and tighter security.

If ever there were a story to highlight the need for better border security as well as local and federal law enforcement coordination, it is that of previously deported illegal alien Jose Abarca.

Abarca, a Mexican national, has been sitting in jail since April 3rd, 2018 after Montgomery Country, MD police arrested the man during a routine traffic stop. After pulling over Abarca, police officers took the man’s information and ran it through their system. As his past offenses popped up on their computers, authorities realized they were not dealing with a simple speeding violation but were actually face to face with a convicted drug dealer and an alleged rapist,  according to WJLA ABC7.

Abarca’s trouble with law enforcement began in January of 2008 after Montgomery County police conducted a drug bust that resulted in “$24,000 in U.S. currency, $7,700 in Mexican pesos, 15 grams of cocaine, three cell phones, a tally sheet, cutting device and sandwich baggies” being retrieved from Abarca’s mobile home in Germantown, MD.

The illegal alien plead guilty, but not before his attorney attempted to argue that his client was simply forced into selling drugs because of the economic effects of the Great Recession as well as his drug addiction.

“The construction starts tanking because the building and real estate industry starts tanking…My client is not a huge or major player in the cocaine industry. It was mostly selling and violating — actually — the number one rule of drug dealing, getting high on your own supply,” attorney Frank Trock said.

“He has an addiction. It’s an illness. It’s a horrible illness. I believe he’s certainly savable, your honor. He’s been here for years. There is no prior record. This is not a man who violates the law constantly,” Trock added, claiming that Abarca was addicted to drugs.

The court disagreed and placed Abarca in jail. On March 9th, 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent him back to Mexico.

But, just 10 days after his deportation, Montgomery authorities reported that Abarca’s DNA matched with evidence from the crime scene of a 1996 rape.

In 1996, a deaf woman was visiting her friend and attending a fair at Galludet University in Washington, DC. On her second night at her friend’s house, she “fell asleep on a sofa in her friend’s back sunroom. It was around 10:30 p.m. when she dozed off. Then around 2 a.m., the woman awoke to a man shaking her body.”

“To her astonishment, the man was pointing a silver handgun at her head, putting his hand over her mouth and motioning for her to stay silent and still. The suspect, described as a ‘Spanish’ man in his 20s with black hair, ripped off the sofa covers and raped the woman for ‘a few minutes.’ The victim did not put up a struggle out of fear for her life.”

The two friends called the police after the assailant ran off into the night. Authorities took DNA samples but were unable to find a match in their criminal database system.

That 1996 case laid dormant until the January 2008 drug bust of Abarca. However, by the time that local police determined he was the primary suspect, he had already been deported out of the country by the feds.

It is unclear when he re-entered the United States, but Abarca now faces charges of “first-degree rape, first-degree burglary and the use of a handgun during a violent felony” after being stopped this April. He could be sentenced for a lifetime in prison plus 40 years if found guilty. Given that his DNA was found at the scene, it is likely that he will found guilty come his trial in October.

But, on June 13 of this year, ICE put out a new deportation detainer on Abarca requesting that he be handed over to the federal authorities.

This could pose a tricky conundrum for Montgomery authorities. Montgomery County, a sanctuary county, routinely ignores detainer requests because they feel it hampers local law enforcement’s ability to crack down on crime and gain trust in immigrant communities. Of course, one could argue that if he is handed over to ICE now, there is no guarantee that he will not waltz right back over the border a third time after his second deportation.

It is unclear what, if any communication, occurred between local police and ICE in 2009 aside from Montgomery County alerting authorities they had an illegal alien inside their jail. It is unknown when local police decided to run his DNA to check for other crimes. But, clearly communication could have been better. Abarca’s case also highlights the need for better border security to prevent illegal aliens from re-entering the country after deportation.

This case, now 22 years in the making, is exhausting for all parties involved. To hep sort out the exact sequence of events, our friends at WJLA ABC 7 put together a timeline documenting the saga of the alleged rapist, convicted drug dealer, and previously deported illegal alien that is Jose Abarca:

Timeline of Events:

– October 19, 1996 — Victim raped while sleeping in a sunroom along Notley Road in Colesville, Maryland, suspect DNA collected

– January 4, 2008 — Montgomery County Police arrest Jose Abarca on charges pertaining to cocaine distribution

– July 7, 2008 — Abarca pleads guilty in cocaine distribution case, is sentenced to one-year in jail

– March 9, 2009 — ICE deports Abarca to his native Mexico

– March 19, 2009 — Montgomery County Police make DNA link and formally charge Abarca with 1996 rape case, but are unable to locate him

– Unknown Date — Abarca returns to the United States illegally

– April 3, 2018 — Montgomery County Police arrest Abarca during a routine traffic stop on outstanding warrant

– June 13, 2018 — ICE lodges new deportation detainer against Abarca

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to reflect that Montgomery County is a sanctuary county.

Democratic Congressman: Taxpayers Should Subsidize Congressional Housing

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  Congressman Bennie Thompson(D-MS) try living on $13,284 per year like I do.

Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS) introduced HR 5845, known as the No Couches for Congress Act, which would force taxpayers to subsidize living expenses for members of Congress.

If passed, the legislation would bar members of Congress from using “Member’s, Delegate’s, or Resident Commissioner’s office for personal overnight accommodations, and may not use official resources of the House, including employees of the House, to support the use of such office for such purpose.”

The bill also amends the tax code to allow members of Congress to use their homes in Washington, D.C. as a tax write off. They would be allowed to write off living expenses up to $3,000 per month.

Thompson also suggested that a vacant residence on Capitol Hill be turned into a dorm facility for Congressmen and women. Critics have dubbed the proposed dorm the “Congressional Animal House.”

Thompson explained his reasoning behind the “Animal House” to the New York Post:

“I think that building should be available to members of Congress who have found housing costs to be prohibitive,” Thompson told The Post — referring to House members who rake in at least $174,000 a year.

“It can be the affordable-housing-availability option,” he said.

Some of Thompson’s colleagues came out against the idea.

“I don’t know it would be a good idea to have people in a big place like that,” Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) told the Post. “The more I think about it, the less likely I would be to support it. It might be a breeding house for something bad.”

Even Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) said members of Congress can afford to live in Washington, D.C.

“Give me a break,” she said. “If we are going to use that facility for anyone’s more affordable housing options, it should be for interns, for young people, to introduce them to the process.’’

The watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste named Thompson the “June Porker of the Month” for his wasteful spending idea:

On May 16, 2018, Rep. Thompson introduced H.R. 5845, the “No Couches for Congress Act,” which would ban members of Congress from sleeping in their offices.  He also proposed converting vacant residence halls near the Capitol into “affordable” housing for members of Congress, who make $174,000 per year.  He claimed that it would be available for members who found housing costs to be “prohibitive.”

However, the claim that housing is unaffordable is belied by the average monthly cost of a studio apartment in Washington, D.C., which is $1,602, or less than 10 percent of members’ annual salary.  The average American spends 33 percent of his or her annual income on housing.

Thompson’s bill currently has 23 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.

Time for a History Lesson About Gun Control

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Gun Control worked for Hitler,Stalin and Castro.

Advocates of “commonsense gun safety” measures have been promoting two major objectives.  One is universal background checks, about which the National Institute of Justice wrote “effectiveness depends on . . . requiring gun registration.”  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) just introduced a bill in Congress that would do just that – create a national registry of all firearm owners.

The other objective is a ban on “assault weapons,” which have been defined in contradictory, bizarre, ways.  The American Medical Association has just reaffirmed its endorsement of such a ban, including the confiscation of all such firearms from Americans at large.

Why hasn’t Congress adopted these proposals?

Perhaps commonsense does matter.  Most guns are sold by licensed dealers, who are required to clear every sale through the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Congress recently passed the Fix NICS bill because governmental units were often not reporting criminal records to NICS.  That’s why the Texas church shooter was able to buy a rifle.  His massacre was ended only by a citizen who shot him with an AR-15.

    It is doubtful that background checks for occasional private sales between law-abiding citizens would prevent any crimes.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for criminals to do background checks on each other.

    Similarly, the Parkland school shooting had nothing to do with the ability of law-abiding citizens to own semiautomatic firearms.  The FBI did nothing with the information that Nikolas Cruz threatened to carry out the murders, the local sheriff ignored his terroristic threats, and a cowardly deputy just stood outside while students were massacred.

    President Clinton did sign a law in 1994, which expired ten years later, banning “assault weapons.”  The law was not renewed after studies showed that it had no effect on crime.

    The federal NICS law, passed in 1993, prohibits registration of guns and gun owners.  Congress has repeatedly rejected gun registration based on bitter historical lessons.  Just before the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress forbade gun registration and reaffirmed the Second Amendment based on how the Nazis used registration records to confiscate firearms from their intended victims.

    Purportedly to fight violence in the streets, Germany’s Weimar Republic decreed gun registration in 1931, but warned that the records must not fall into the hands of radical elements.  Hitler seized power in 1933 and used those very records to disarm political opponents and Jews in order to render them incapable of any form of resistance.

    Political protest in France prompted Prime Minister Pierre Laval in 1935 to decree firearm registration and repression of the right to assemble.  What could possibly go wrong?

    The registration records were critical to the Nazis who overran France in 1940, imposed the death penalty for not turning in guns, and conscripted the French police to ferret out violators.  Despite the chance of being executed, numerous French citizens did not surrender their firearms.

    The very same Pierre Laval became the chief collaborator of the Nazis during the occupation.  The newspapers regularly reported the names of gun owners shot by firing squads.

    The brave French who had never registered their guns and retained them formed the basis for the Resistance.  To be sure, they never had sufficient arms, and prewar restrictions on “military style” firearms hampered their efforts, leaving them to resist with inferior weapons.  Yet they were able to commit acts of sabotage, gain intelligence, and sustain an underground movement to assist the Allies.  After D-Day, they engaged in open armed resistance.

    Such experiences are as old as humanity.  Tyrants, conquerors, and dictatorships of every breed disarm the subjects in order to dominate and exploit them.  Does that iron law of history mean anything today?

    No such conditions exist in the United States, due in no small part to our rights protected by the First and Second Amendments.  But history should teach us to be careful of what we wish for.

    Require registration of, or ban, guns arbitrarily called “assault weapons” or even all firearms?  Don’t bank on much compliance.  Impose felony penalties?  As the wartime French illustrated, many wouldn’t  comply even with the threat of the death penalty.

    Maybe it’s time to pursue real solutions to criminal violence and forget about a war on law-abiding gun owners.

Slew of MS-13 Members From El Salvador Charged With Murder of Teenagers in Virginia

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H/T Town Hall.

A slew of animals like President Trump said.

The Department of Justice announced murder and kidnapping charges for eleven MS-13 gang members in Alexandria, Virginia Friday morning. All of them are from El Salvador, range in age from 20 to 27-years old and are being prosecuted for the killing of teenagers Edvin Escobar Mendez and Sergio Arita Triminio.

One of the defendants is not in custody and suspected of being out of the country. The other ten are being held in federal detention. Whether the members are in the U.S. illegally is unclear.

“While we note in the press release that all of the defendants are from El Salvador, we did not include any information as to their immigration status,” U.S. Attorney’s Office Director of Communications for the Eastern District of Virginia Joshua Stueve tells Townhall. 

From DOJ:

According to allegations in the indictment, in August 2016, Elmer Zelaya Martinez, Erick Palacios Ruiz, Ronald Herrera Contreras, and Josue Vigil Mejia conspired together and with others to lure a 17 year-old male [Mendez], who they suspected was a member of a rival gang, to a park in Fairfax County, Virginia, in order to attack and kill him. After killing him and to conceal evidence linking them to the juvenile’s disappearance and murder, these four defendants and their co-conspirators buried the juvenile’s remains.

The indictment further alleges that in September 2016, Elmer Zelaya Martinez, Erick Palacios Ruiz, Ronald Herrera Contreras, Henry Zelaya Martinez, Oscar Contreras Aguilar, Yonathan Melgar Martinez, Pablo Miguel Barrera Velasco, Anderson Villatoro, Francisco Avila Avalos, and Fredys Baires Abarca conspired together and with others to lure a 14 year-old male [Triminio] to the same park in Fairfax County where he was attacked and killed because he was thought to be cooperating with law enforcement. This juvenile’s remains were also buried.

Each of the following members face life in prison if convicted.

The charges are part of the Justice Department’s ongoing crackdown on the violent, transnational gang. Prosecutors are seeking DOJ approval to charge death eligible offenses.

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