Add illegal migration to the fairly long list of things that the 2020 campaign should have emphasized more, but didn’t. While President Trump has done a great deal to improve the border situation, the ground state is still that the country has a vast criminal migrant population that is responsible for a good deal of the crime.
Criminal illegal aliens are deported and still find their way back. And sanctuary cities and states, most notably California, obstruct any cooperation with federal law enforcement because Democrat ghost districts and election fraud depend heavily on illegal aliens. Not to mention the lifestyles of a big chunk of their and urban and suburban base.
And that’s how you end up with 5 people stabbed in a church by an illegal migrant who had been deported 3 times.
Police in San Jose on Wednesday identified the suspect arrested by San Jose police in the fatal weekend stabbing at Grace Baptist Church as a man with a long, violent criminal history who had been deported three times.
San Jose authorities including the mayor also cited several systemic failures that led to the suspect being on the streets, despite repeated offenses and arrests.
Hey, at least he didn’t come down with the coronavirus or get caught in a chokehold. Right? Those seem to be the only things that count in the criminal justice system anymore.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia identified the suspect as Fernando De Jesus Lopez-Garcia. According to authorities, he faces two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, battery on a spouse or cohabitant and violation of a protective order.
According to Garcia, officers responded to multiple reports of a stabbing at Grace Baptist Church on the 400 block of East San Fernando Street shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday night. At least one caller told dispatchers there was “blood everywhere.”
When they arrived, officers located five victims inside the church suffering from at least one stab wound each. One adult male victim was declared dead at the scene. A second adult victim, a female, was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Garcia said that the suspect and four of the stabbing victims were members of San Jose’s homeless community, but noted that the fifth victim was a volunteer who was working at Grace Baptist Church.I
Illegal aliens stabbing homeless people in churches is the source of our strength.
Garcia noted that the suspect had an extensive and violent criminal history and said that, despite multiple arrests and convictions for violent crimes, De Jesus Lopez-Garcia had not been turned over to immigration officials because of county and state sanctuary policies.
Garcia said that the suspect had been deported from the U.S. on three prior occasions, but had returned to California.
“On his latest misdemeanor domestic violence offense in Santa Clara County, an immigration detainer was sent. Although notification would have been allowed under SB54, the California Values Act, it was not honored and he was subsequently released,” Garcia explained.
Garcia also said that De Jesus Lopez-Garcia was released on his own recognizance by a judge, despite protests from the Santa Clara County DA over concerns with the suspect’s violent history.
“In this case, I’m told the county received an ICE detainer arrest, but did not notify ICE of the defendant’s release,” said Liccardo. “He should have been in jail, in federal custody, in drug treatment, or in jail in his own country. But not on the streets in our community.”
Both Garcia and Liccardo touched on areas that need improvement as far as keeping San Jose safe.
“If we don’t fix the problems that we have in our criminal justice system where we can’t seemingly find a way to hold violent criminals accountable, then nothing works,” said Garcia
The mayor said the church attack could have been prevented. He cited multiple system failures, including San Jose’s problem with homelessness and and the need for more balanced police reform.
“Changes in our criminal justice system have not made our community safer,” said Liccardo. “”This pendulum has swung too far.”
Let’s have some real criminal justice reform, the kind that, as a first step, puts criminals away behind bars.