NYC Enlists Shop Keepers, Not ICE, To Combat Transnational Gangs

New lows in immigration lunacy.

Today we will examine a confluence of events and connect the dots to expose hypocrisy and dispel the myths and lies spewed by immigration anarchists.

Let’s begin with a July 18, 2018 report from the NY Post newspaper stating that the state of New York is suing the Justice Department over immigration laws. According to this report both the City of New York and the State of New York are suing the U.S. Justice Department to stop the DOJ from blocking four million dollars in federal funds for not complying with regulations that require that the city and other recipients of federal grants provide notice to the Department of Homeland Security at least 48 hours in advance of the date and time of any inmate for whom the DHS had requested such an advance notice, and to provide DHS with access to inmates in city-maintained detention facilitates when DHS deems them to be “persons of interest.”

U.S. News & World Report also published an Associated Press news report about the same story but also noting that in addition to New York City and New York State, five other states, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia had also filed lawsuits on July 18, 2018 in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan.

The total amount of money being withheld by the DOJ is twenty-five million dollars of which four million would go to New York City.

The news report included this excerpt which quoted New York City’s mayor:

“Our message is clear: the Trump Administration’s actions are illegal and morally bankrupt,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a release.

“We have proven, time and again, that welcoming immigrants has helped make this the safest big city in the country. Any attempt to jeopardize the trust between our local law enforcement and immigrant New Yorkers will fail,” de Blasio added.

Since when is it “illegal and morally bankrupt” to seek the deportation of aliens who evade the inspections process at ports of entry and/or commit other violation of our immigration laws, which were enacted to protect national security, public health, public safety and the livelihoods of American workers?

Since when is following the findings and recommendations of the 911 Commission that called for enhanced border security and enhanced enforcement of immigration laws from within the interior of the United States “illegal and morally bankrupt?”

De Blasio may be playing the “compassion card” but in reality, sanctuary cities protect crooked employers and human traffickers.

Notwithstanding that New York City has the largest and most sophisticated police department, New York City is a hub for the deadly drug trade, likely because of its sanctuary policies. Furthermore, victims of transnational gangs are more often than not, the immigrants and Americans who live in the same ethnic immigrant communities as the criminal aliens.

This is true of every ethnic immigrant community consisting of residents from all over the world. Human nature is human nature.  Just as all humans bleed red all humans, for better or for worse, all people have the same character traits.

The lie being propagated by de Blasio and other immigration anarchists is that immigrants need to be shielded against evil immigration law enforcement officers.  In the real world, immigrants who abide by our laws have absolutely nothing to fear from ICE agents, the same way that law abiding motorists have nothing to fear if they encounter a sobriety checkpoint.

However, unlicensed motorists, motorists who are operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs and motorists who have outstanding warrants are likely to be taken into custody, not because the police officers are evil, but because they swore to enforce our laws and protect the public.

Meanwhile, even as this lawsuit to impede immigration law enforcement was being filed in lower Manhattan, 12 alleged members of the extremely violent transnational gang, the Trinitarios, that traces its origins back to the Dominican Republic, were being arraigned in the Bronx, for the unfathomably violent murder of a 15 year old boy, Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, affectionately known as Junior.  He was dragged out of a Bronx bodega and stabbed and slashed with machetes last month.

Junior belonged to the NYPD Explorer program and aspired to become an NYPD detective.  Tragically, that dream died when he was viciously slaughtered.

Since Junior’s vicious murder the 12 suspects were hunted down by members of the NYPD.  Understandably, the case sparked a level of outrage seldom seen even in a city like New York.  

The media has come to refer to the investigation and arrests as “Justice for Junior.” 

On July 16, 2018 the Daily News reported on a vicious assault apparently related to the murder investigation (EXCLUSIVE: Feds fighting to keep accused Trinitarios gang member involved in Bronx River Parkway beatdown behind bars). Here is an excerpt:

Federal prosecutors are fighting to make sure a Trinitarios gang member stays locked up while awaiting trial on charges related to a broad-daylight beatdown linked to the murder of Bronx teen Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz.

Ramon Paulino, 21, is accused of bashing a 14-year-old boy with a log in the median of the Bronx River Parkway on June 18. Video shows 11 others joined Paulino in the vicious attack that left the young victim with stab wounds so severe he went into cardiac arrest. The teen barely survived.

On July 18, 2018 ABC News in New York City posted a report about the case under the title, “Justice for Junior: 12 suspects appear in court in teen’s murder.”

Thus far no news reports have provided any information about the citizenship and/or immigration status of any of the 12 suspects.  However, the reports do connect them to that Dominican-linked transnational gang.  Perhaps the fact that NYC is a “Sanctuary City” enticed those thugs to set up shop in the Bronx.

The final three paragraphs of the ABC New report are worth considering:

The murder happened outside a bodega on East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in the Tremont section just after 11:30 p.m. on June 20. Junior, who had hopes of becoming an NYPD detective, tried to run to St. Barnabas Hospital a block away but collapsed on the sidewalk.

Martinez-Estrella, who has a prior arrest for robbing and beating a 14-year-old with a golf club in 2016, was identified by police as the one who sliced the victim’s neck. Authorities say the men are all members of the Trinitarios gang.

The tragedy is also spurring changes to keep young people safe. Several lawmakers say they’re rolling out a Safe Haven initiative in response to Junior’s murder that would require small businesses to be a safe haven for teens who are seeking help.

That final paragraph is outrageous beyond belief – while NYC law makers are supportive of illegal sanitary policies, they are now calling on shop keepers to protect innocent victims like Junior under the auspices of the “Safe Haven Initiative.”  

This takes my breath away!  Are unarmed shop keepers now supposed to jump into action to get between victims and a mob of armed thugs?  (Let’s remember how difficult if not impossible it would be for a store owner to have a licensed firearm.)

Who will pay the hospital bills for well-intentioned good samaritan shop keepers who are injured?  Who will pay their funeral expenses or support the families of those who might be brave enough to step up to protect innocent victims?

The most effective solution would be to have ICE agents work in close cooperation with the NYPD to develop informants in the immigration communities and use the combined federal as well as state law enforcement authority provided to federal agents and local cops to hammer transnational gang members.

I am not speaking from the position of conjecture but real-world experience.  What de Blasio and his immigration anarchist buddies won’t tell you is that aliens, including aliens who are illegally present in the United States may be provide with temporary or even permanent lawful immigration status in the  United States when they provide significant actionable intelligence to law enforcement authorities.

I spent four years as the first INS special agent assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division for he DEA in New York City and then was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force. In both positions I worked intimately, on a day-to-day basis with other federal law enforcement agencies as well as with members of local and state police, including the NYPD, to identify and investigate major drug trafficking organizations in the New York area ultimately leading to the arrest of its members.

One of my key areas of responsibility was to use my authority as an INS agent to cultivate informants.

I also brought to bear my statutory authority to arrest and prosecute criminal aliens to facilitate drug investigations.  For example, under federal law, an illegal alien in possession of a firearm or even just ammunition commits a felony that has a ten year maximum penalty.  Aliens who are deported and unlawfully reenter the United States face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Immigration anarchists like de Blasio, however, would apparently rather that endangered children seek help from unarmed shop keepers.

Fortunately the Trump administration sees things much differently.

Photo: Bill de Blasio