Earlier this week, a “DREAMer” from New Mexico tried to steal a car. Unbeknownst to him, however, the car he tried stealing belonged to a group of football players who responded by beating him up and restraining him until the police arrived.
Specifically, Angelo Martinez, a 20-year-old DREAMer was recently arrested after trying to steal a car from a group of football players in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to reports, Martinez met the football players at the Loma Linda Community Center football field as they were walking to their car to leave. Despite the fact that he was allegedly “acting sketchy as if he was trying to get in [the car],” the players decided to give him a ride anyway.
Once in the car, Martinez reportedly kept changing his mind about the end destination. When they finally pulled over in front of what they thought was Martinez’s house, he pulled out a gun and told them to all get out of the car.
Fearing for their lives, the football players complied. However, as they were getting out, Martinez clumsily fumbled with the gun. Upon seeing this, one of the players jumped back in the car and started punching Martinez in the face. The other players then jumped in and managed to restrain the criminal until police arrived.
Upon being taken into custody, the officers discovered that the gun Martinez had wasn’t real but found that he had a real knife and a note that said “give me the keys to your wip [sic] and nobody gets heart [sic]. I know where you live so don’t make me kill” in his pocket.
Incidents like this highlight just how important deporting illegal immigrants really is, even if they’re so-called “DREAMers.” The term “DREAMer” refers to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which was a bill that failed in Congress. If passed, it would have encouraged underage illegal immigration by letting those who unlawfully enter the country as a minor stay and become a citizen. Those who would have been eligible to participate in the program are considered “DREAMers.”
Although the DREAM Act did not pass, vast numbers of illegal immigrants who crossed the border as minors have been allowed to stay. This is mainly due to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows “certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.”
Unfortunately, Martinez is not the only DREAMer recently arrested for committing a crime. Earlier this year, Salvador Diaz-Garcia, a 21-year-old DREAMer living in Washington, was recently arrested and charged with brutally beating and raping a 19-year-old teen in her apartment complex’s gym. Authorities believe that he also molested a 14-year-old girl hours before the attack. He was also seen staring creepily at young girls swimming in a nearby pool that same day. As a consequence, he’s facing several charges, including “second-degree assault, second-degree rape, and third-degree child molestation” and is being held on $25,000 bail.
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, starting in December, Cruz-Lopez, a former student of the university, 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.
While it’s true that not all DREAMers are criminals, some certainly are. Because of this, Republicans need to work together to repeal Obama’s DACA program. Doing so would ensure that dangerous people like Martinez don’t remain in our country.