ICE deports Los Angeles-area gang member wanted for murder in El Salvador

Published on May 31st, 2012

An ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) news release from May 24, 2012 reported on the arrest and formal deportation (removal) of Tarsis Dodamin Quintero–Sanchez, an illegal alien from El Salvador who was wanted in his native country for the murder of Oscar Oswaldo Reyes-Alvarado.  A warrant for Quintero-Sanchez was issued by law enforcement authorities in El Salvador in September 2007 charging him with that murder that allegedly occurred on September 16, 2007 in Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador.  Purportedly Quintero- Sanchez was one of three assailants who pumped nine rounds into their victim.   Additionally, it is charged that Quintero-Sanchez is a member of the violent transnational national gang known as the “18th Street Gang.”

Beyond the obvious information contained in the ICE news release announcing the arrest and removal of a dangerous illegal alien from the United States, it is significant to give some thought to a few other issues a review of the news release raises.  The criminal alien in this case was previously deported from the United States in 2000, subsequent to his having been convicted of committing several felonies including robberies in 1993 and 1995.  Our supposedly secure borders were not secure enough to prevent his re-entry into the United States.

Qintero-Sanchez had been arrested, charged and convicted of “vandalism” in Los Angeles, California.  While the nature of this crime was not expounded upon in the ICE news release, generally the crime of vandalism is not considered a “serious crime.”  However it was the local or state law enforcement officials who notified ICE about the conviction of Quintero-Sanchez for his latest crime enabling ICE to take the appropriate action and ultimately a dangerous murder suspect was returned to face justice in his home country rather than simply be released on the streets of an American city where his presence obviously would have posed a serious threat to members of the community where he had been living prior to his arrest for his most recent criminal activities.

Advocates for open borders and the non-enforcement of our nation's immigration laws ignore the fundamental fact that our immigration laws, at their foundation, have two highly important goals:  to protect American lives and protect American jobs.  Aliens who violate our nation's borders and immigration laws may well have far more nefarious intentions than to simply do work Americans cannot afford to do for the meager wages that illegal aliens are expected to accept.  A significant proportion of illegal aliens seek to enter the United States because they are fugitives from justice in another country.  Such was clearly the case where Tarsis Dodamin Quintero–Sanchez was concerned.

In many instances the victims of the crimes perpetrated by ethnic gang members of the same ethnicity as are their assailants.  Once again we can certainly consider that the victim of Quintero-Sanchez was also a member of the Latino community in their native El Salvador.  Thus it would appear that the claim that politicians who seek the mythical “Latino vote” must vote for pathways to United States citizenship for illegal aliens is a false claim not grounded in reality but rather grounded in the greed of those who stand to benefit by the exploitation of illegal aliens- and there is certainly no shortage of those who feed at that lucrative but illegal and immoral trough!

Title 8, United States Code, Section 212, is contained within the Immigration and Nationality Act, and enumerates the various categories of aliens who are statutorily ineligible to enter the United States, will provide a clear prospective as to the intention and extreme importance of our nation’s immigration laws.  Among the categories of aliens who are supposed to be kept out of the United States are aliens with dangerous communicable diseases, aliens who suffer serious mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, aliens who fugitives from justice in other countries, aliens who are human traffickers and drug smugglers, aliens who are war criminals and aliens who have committed human rights violations.  Also aliens who are engaged in terrorism and espionage are among those who are, by law, supposed to be prevented from entering our country.

Simply stated, our immigration laws are designed to protect us and the time has come for these laws to be effectively and routinely enforced.

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