The victims of violence committed by people who are in the United States illegally often go relatively unnoticed.
The heartbreaking stories of Jamiel Shaw and Kate Steinle gained some media attention, but for the most part, the press shies away from giving such tragic tales too much air time. Why? Because it doesn't fit their narrative about immigration.
This horrifying story should not go without people knowing about it:
Sergio Jose Martinez has a lot to answer for, say cops in Portland, Oregon. On Monday, the 31-year-old broke into a 65-year-old woman's home, sexually assaulted her, threatened to kill her before beating her up, stole her car, then attacked another victim, police claim. And it's not his first time violating the law. Besides prior criminal convictions, this suspect, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has been deported 20 times according to court documents obtained by KGW.
The cops in Portland may say Martinez has a lot to answer for, but so do they, as well as the county officials who enabled this monster to do this:
Commissioners for Multnomah County, in which Portland lies, unanimously voted to expand their sanctuary policy for immigrants in December. The Department of Homeland Security said that they issued a detainer for Martinez that same month, but local authorities did not notify them after he was released from custody. For years, Multnomah had already stopped holding suspects for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In a world that isn't completely unhinged by progressive feelings, laws should be in place to protect law-abiding citizens from criminals. In sanctuary cities like Portland, the opposite is true.
What's most galling is that the sanctuary city proponents fancy themselves as great humanitarians.
Humanitarians who just happen to condone rape and murder as long as it doesn't interfere with the story they want to tell.
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