Illegal immigration is currently a massive problem plaguing the United States. Despite this, many on the left continue to advocate for policies undocumented aliens from deportation. As a consequence, innocent people are being killed by people who shouldn’t be in this country in the first place.
For example, in California, which has numerous laws protecting people living here illegally, an undocumented alien was recently released from custody by police officers. Two weeks later, he was arrested for killing his girlfriend.
Specifically, Nery Israel Estrada-Margos, a 38-year-old illegal immigrant living in Santa Rosa, was arrested earlier this week after turning himself into local police for killing his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez. He allegedly beat her to death during a heated argument shortly after posting a bail of $30,000 for a felony domestic battery charge that he received last month.
While Estrada-Margos was temporarily behind bars at the Sonoma County Jail for domestic battery, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents contacted jail officials and asked to be notified about his release, which they were. The jail officials, however, informed them about his release sixteen minutes before doing so. Because of this, federal agents weren’t there to pick him up once released.
As a result, Estrada-Margos was allowed back into the public. Clearly, this was a huge mistake. As an illegal immigrant, he should have never been allowed back on the streets. Rather, authorities should have kept him detained until his trial, where he would have likely been sentenced to prison. Since they didn’t, he was able to kill an innocent woman. Upon turning himself in, he was charged with murder and taken once again to Sonoma County Jail.
When asked by reporters about the incident, Misty Harris, spokesperson for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office, expressed remorse but claimed that there wasn’t much they could have done differently. Specifically, she said, “first our condolences to the family. [But] we can’t predict someone’s behavior. We have laws we have to operate within and can’t change them based on the people that come through our doors.” But this is obviously ridiculous. They could have easily given ICE officials more notice before releasing Estrada-Margos.
Unsurprisingly, Ramirez’s death shocked her neighbors. Jeff Brockett, for instance, told reporters, “[she was] quiet, kept to herself, raised two girls…It’s pretty terrible. It wasn’t anything we were expecting.”
Following Ramirez’s death, ICE released a statement criticizing the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department for repeatedly failing to give them enough time to react. “The county’s policy of notifying ICE only minutes before releasing a criminal alien clearly failed in this case as it has in too many others,” they stated.
“A vast majority of notifications conveyed by Sonoma County to ICE in the past six months have failed to provide sufficient advance notification to pick up these criminals,” they continued, noting, “this case underscores yet again why immigration detainers are such a crucial enforcement tool and why it is highly problematic, and even tragic, when jurisdictions choose not to comply.”
Unfortunately, Estrada-Margos is one of many undocumented aliens to have committed additional crimes while living in this country illegally. Earlier this year, for example, Salvador Diaz-Garcia, a 21-year-old “DREAMer” living in Washington, was arrested and charged with brutally beating and raping a 19-year-old teen in her apartment complex’s gym. He’s also suspected of molesting a 14-year-old girl hours before the attack and was seen staring creepily at young girls swimming in a nearby pool that same day. As a consequence, he was charged with “second-degree assault, second-degree rape, and third-degree child molestation.”
And several weeks before that, Eric Cruz-Lopez, a 21-year-old “DREAMer,” was arrested and charged with 103 counts of “criminal mischief” for scrawling anti-Trump messages all over the University of Connecticut’s campus during the course of several months. According to police, he used paint pens and spray paint to write numerous hateful comments directed at the President, such as, “f*** Trump,” on buildings and other property all around campus. Each time, he left “PEST” as the signature, which is how police were able to link all of the graffiti to him.
People must not be allowed to live in this country illegally. While it’s true that not everyone here unlawfully will commit additional crimes, those who do ruin it for everyone else. This is because, since someone could be killed, as seen with Estrada-Margos, it’s simply not worth the risk.