The prison escape story of illegal alien Danelo Cavalcante is the warning shot—the Paul Revere’s ride—of even more disastrous results of open borders and the forced busing of migrants to U.S. cities.
From New York City to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, local residents are beginning to rise up against the unfairness of migrants taking over hotels, military bases and schools as American citizens in need of government help like the homeless (especially homeless veterans) are told to fend for themselves.
The duration (14 days) and expense of that manhunt (still being calculated) included the use of thermal imagery, extensive ground searches by over 250 law enforcement personnel, and K-9’s.
The story of Cavalcante’s escape from Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania, in which he “crabwalked” between two walls and then slithered through razor wire, attained mythic status among some while inspiring fear among Chester County residents, including the closure of schools as well as the botanical estate known as Longwood Gardens.
Wanted for a 2017 murder in his home country of Brazil, Cavalcante fled to Puerto Rico, then entered the United States, eventually migrating to the Phoenixville area in Chester County where he began a relationship with a fellow Brazilian, Deborah Brandao. He then murdered her outside her home in 2021 by stabbing her 38 times in front of her children.
Sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder, Cavalcante was sent to Chester County Prison pending plans to transfer him upstate to serve out his sentence.
Chester County, it should be noted, is the richest county in Pennsylvania. The county was once almost solidly Republican, although that changed in 2019 when the so-called “blue wave” altered control of the County’s Board of Commissioners in favor of Democrats for the first time in history.
In the 2020 Presidential election, almost 60% of Chester County residents voted for Biden, as opposed to 40.7% for Donald Trump.
Since then it has been an easy-election-win utopia for careerist Democrats.
Culturally, the towns in the county closest to Philadelphia are the bluest, with woke sentiments—support for Black Lives Matter, multi-gender pronoun usage, and climate change protests—tending to dissipate as one moves westward towards Downingtown and Lancaster, although even this demographic is changing.
(Lancaster City is Democrat-controlled, which means that crime there is higher than the national average, while relatively crime-free Lancaster County, with its vibrant Amish population, tends to be conservative and Republican.)
Chester County Prison, where Cavalcante was imprisoned before his escape, has a sanctuary city-inspired policy stating that it will not detain a suspect “solely because of an accusation of being here illegally.”
Before she was murdered on the lawn in front of her home in Phoenixville (another Democrat-controlled city with a crime problem), Brandao had a restraining order against Cavalcante.
This begs the question: why wasn’t Cavalcante deported the moment authorities realized they weren’t dealing with a legal U.S. citizen?
No doubt this was a known fact when he was apprehended in Virginia and then extradited to Pennsylvania to be tried for his crimes.
Two local media outlets, PhillyVoice and The Philadelphia Inquirer, reported the story as an extreme example of violent domestic abuse, but neglected to inform readers that Cavalcante had entered the United States illegally.
This, of course, is a “minor” omission that we have come to expect of left-leaning publications.
It is still confounding, considering that Brandao filed a protection from abuse order in 2020 which should have brought Cavalante’s name before authorities in bright lights and then alerted them to his illegal status.
After all, if Cavalante was deemed enough of a threat by the court when it came to domestic abuse, why wasn’t he reported to ICE for deportation when that other fact about him became known?
The answer is simple: Chester County officials chose Cavalcante over public safety and Brandao’s life.
“Another troubling angle of this story, beyond how corrupt the country’s Democratic Party-run sanctuary cities and counties are,” Breitbart News reported, “is how equally corrupt the Democratic Party-run mainstream media is.”
Especially in Philadelphia, which became a Sanctuary City in 2014, a time when the lines between legal and illegal immigration were beginning to blur.
Post 2014, during the first years of the Trump Administration, as Philadelphia was putting the polish on its “No Human is Illegal” circus act, “Abolish ICE” demonstrations began to appear in front of Independence Hall.
The erosion between legal and illegal immigration was by now very nearly complete in the City of Brotherly Love.
In the meantime, Americans were being taught by the mainstream left-corrupted press how to correct themselves when it came to talking about immigration.
The term illegal alien, once fairly common in daily newspapers, was now viewed as “insensitive.”
The New York Times in 2017 described how the use of “unauthorized” and “undocumented” are acceptable descriptions of immigrants while “illegal” and “alien,” when used as nouns, are “off the table entirely.”
It was all downhill from there.
When social movements change language to suit a specific agenda, the end result is often generalized ambiguity or perverted narratives.
As a socialist acquaintance of mine said recently, “There’s no reason why we can’t invite all migrants in. Everybody who wants to enter can come, because we have great stretches of empty land in Wyoming and Montana where they can go. We have the room!”
The truth is, an undocumented immigrant is not an immigrant at all because the word “immigrant,” when understood historically, implies an intention to pursue a serious path to citizenship.
The opposite of this would be a stampede of invaders rushing across the Rio Grande border to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
When Cavalcante tore through (red-to-blue) Chester County, residents (mostly Biden voters) expressed real fear on social media, offering videos of U.S. Army personnel walking through woodsy residential backyards in scenes that recalled old film clips of American troops in South Vietnam.
Many stated quite openly that they were feeling afraid, that they weren’t going out at night, and were putting double locks on their doors.
And yet not a single person posted anything about Cavalcante’s illegal alien status, and how all this could have been avoided were Joe Biden not in the White House.
Most saw the manhunt as a hunt for a dangerous murderer rather than something to be expected when, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) noted, you allow 16.8 million illegal aliens to reside “legally” in the United States, and when that illegal alien population increased 16 percent nationwide during the first two years of Biden’s presidency.
It was Biden, after all, who during the 2020 campaign pledged to extend amnesty to illegal aliens. He kept that promise in spades beginning on his first day as president when he sent an immigration bill to Congress that included an amnesty program pledging to give illegal aliens a path to citizenship.
And this paved the way for Cavalcante to settle in Phoenixville and strike up a romantic relationship with Deborah Brandao — that ended in her bloody murder.