On Saturday, Thong Vang, a 37-year-old Laotian national, shot and critically injured two corrections officers in Fresno, California. Vang had previously served sixteen years in prison for gang raping three girls under the age of 14
As KFSN-TV Fresno reported:
Vang last appeared in court in 1998, on charges related to the abduction, forced confinement and rape of three girls aged between 12 and 14. The girls were taken to a Motel 6 motel and held for two days, forced to have sex with multiple men and boys. Vang was then 22 and a member of a Hmong gang known as the Mongolian Boys Society. Vang and the others were convicted of violent forcible rape and sent to prison. Vang was released on parole two years ago.
Following his parole in 2014, Vang was supposed to be deported. Instead, he was released into the U.S. interior.
Immigration experts say that’s because Hillary Clinton failed to comply with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that her State Department signed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2011.
The memorandum required the State Department to apply diplomatic pressure to foreign countries to repatriate their citizens. Immigration experts say that because Clinton refused to comply with the MoU, Laos was under no pressure to cooperate with the U.S. and begin repatriating its citizens. As a result, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was forced to release the convicted child rapist, who had ties to a gang-related sex-slave ring, back into American communities.
While Laos refused to take back its criminal citizens, the State Department reportedly continued to issue more than 11,000 temporary visas to Laos over the last five years.
NumbersUSA Director of Government Relations, Rosemary Jenks, said this failure to enforce U.S. immigration law “seems par for the course with the Obama-Clinton administration.”
“If you have a pool of convicted, violent criminals in the country, and you have an easy, legal way to get them out, what possible excuse can this administration come up with for not doing that?” Jenks asked.
According to reports, the two unarmed prison officers whom Vang shot in the neck and head area remain in critical condition. The Daily Mail writes that Officer Toamalama Scanlan was “a father-of-six, ten-year veteran of the force and a high school football coach.” Officer Juanita Davila was “a mother and grandmother who had worked at the Fresno County jail for 18 years.”