Illegals’ Crimes Expose Broken Immigration System as Next Border Surge Looms

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, April 13, 2015

As the Obama administration prepares for a new surge of illegal immigrant children this year, some of those from previous waves are turning up on court dockets across the country, charged with serious crimes such as capital murder and aggravated rape.

The cases are exposing many of the holes in the immigration system and the way the U.S. has tried to grapple with children fleeing economic troubles, domestic abuse or gang violence in Central America–and sometimes bringing those very troubles to the U.S. with them.


“The eagerness of the administration to open our borders is not without consequence,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who has tracked the issue. “Now we’re seeing some of these same minors in the criminal justice system, and the crimes some are being brought in for are very serious, even heinous. The administration, with their approach, wants to assume everyone that shows up on America’s doorstep has good intentions, but that’s a dangerous assumption, and we’re seeing evidence of the fact.”

The administration admits it was overwhelmed by last summer’s surge, which officials said caught them by surprise, with more than 60,000 so-called “unaccompanied minors”–children traveling without a parent–streaming across the border in fiscal year 2014. {snip}


That was the situation with Jonny Alberto Enamorado-Vasquez, whose journey from Honduras to a Houston jail, where he awaits trial on capital murder, is one of the more extreme cases.

According to government documents, Mr. Enamorado fled Honduras on Sept. 22, 2012, hoping to connect with his father, who was supposed to be living in New Orleans, presumably without authorization. He took buses across Guatemala and Mexico, ending up in Reynosa, a town directly across the border from McAllen, Texas, where he holed up at a safe house for a couple of days before jumping the border on Oct. 7.

He was immediately caught by agents doing line watch, who said they were unable to track down his father. From that point on, Mr. Enamorado was in and out of authorities’ custody, passed between the Border Patrol, detention officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the social workers at the Department of Health and Human Services, and eventually released from detention in late October because of what the government described as “lack of space.”

Little more than two years later he was back in the criminal justice system, with Houston police accusing him of being part of a January homicide that saw three armed men burst into a smoke shop, find and confront owner Michael Phelan, which sparked a gunbattle that killed Phelan.

Mr. Enamorado initially fought extradition from Louisiana but caved and is now in Houston. The lawyer listed as defending him in his murder case didn’t return a message seeking comment.

Part of the difficulty appears to be Mr. Enamorado’s age. He initially was booked as a 17-year-old and processed as a juvenile and placed in an HHS home for illegal immigrant children. But it appears authorities realized he was actually a year older, making him an adult and thus not eligible for the special treatment afforded children.


Indeed, of the illegal immigrant kids who had deportation court dates between July 2014 and February 2015, less than 40 percent even bothered to show up. The rest were ordered deported in absentia–but they had already absconded.

That was the case with Jalmar Mejia-Lopez, whom Louisiana authorities arrested and charged with aggravated rape last month after receiving an anonymous tip that the now-21-year-old illegal immigrant had impregnated his 12-year-old girlfriend, who was living with him.

Mr. Mejia first drew the attention of authorities in July 2011, when two Border Patrol agents saw him wandering near the Rio Grande in Texas, his tattered and muddy clothes tipping them off that he had probably just jumped the border. His story was much the same as Mr. Enamorado‘s: He’d fled his home in Honduras and traveled by bus and train to reach the U.S. border, where he waded across the Rio Grande at night with the hope of eventually reaching his brother living in Virginia.

He didn’t know his brother’s phone number, his father was dead, and his mother still lived at home in Honduras, so authorities processed him and turned him over to social workers at HHS, who quickly placed him with a social worker at a Catholic church in Philadelphia, who identified herself as a “family friend” and promised to look after him. A year later, he missed his deportation hearing, was ordered kicked out in absentia and disappeared into the shadows along with more than 11 million other illegal immigrants.

He surfaced again when the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office got the tip earlier this year and tracked it down, discovering Mr. Mejia with his 12-year-old victim, who’d lived with Mr. Mejia at his apartment for several months.

“The 12-year-old victim stated that she is approximately four months along in the pregnancy and that she is in love with the defendant,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement of probable cause filed in the case. {snip}


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  • JohnEngelman

    The crime of being here illegally is serious enough.

  • MooTieFighter

    What does this administration expect. The first rule these illegals learn is that we ignore crime (illegal immigration). The second thing we teach them is that you do not have to work for food/money/education. What do we really expect with such beginnings?

    • Sid Ishus

      I don’t believe this administration is naive.

      • MooTieFighter

        Me either, Sid. This is all intentional. They are utilizing the communist manifesto like a playbook and are “full steam ahead” with their new world order agenda. Their primary agenda is to destroy America’s strength, finances, solidarity, and patriotism so they can put it on an equal playing field with all other countries.

    • Charles Martel

      That low IQ people will vote for more free stuff and their spawn will also.

  • Rustler

    So illegals caught right at the border are just released into the US.

    • WhiteVeinKratom

      Thanks for stating that as FACT, and not posing it as a question.

    • DonReynolds

      Not really complete enough. Those foreign invaders who make it across the border are HAPPY to surrender to the Border Patrol, who will provide the illegals with transportation all over the USA……many of them with free air transportation…..and food, clothing, health care, even sex changes.

      • InAFreeCountry

        And now they will fly their relatives in. What kind of world has this turned into? Oh, a third world. Nevermind.

    • Jason Lewis

      Don’t worry. They’re given a court date to come back and make their case for citizenship.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Once I had a dream to kill someone with my 12 year old girlfriend as a tag along,you may say that I am a dreamer, but am not the only one.

    • how about this

      He was so brave for defying those racist age-of-consent laws. Like, what is age, anyway, man? Isn’t it what’s in your heart that counts?

      • [Guest]

        Jalmar Mejia-Lopez: “Consent? We don’t need no stinkin’ consent.”

      • DonReynolds

        Not all states have 16 or 18 years for the age of consent. Delaware was 12. Kentucky was 13. There are other states with very low ages, strangely enough……none of them in the South.

        • John Smith

          Not any more – I remember them being that low, but I checked recently and I can’t find any under 16 now.

          • DonReynolds

            Thanks for the update, John.
            I understand many of the states have adopted “Romeo and Juliet” provisions, which do not actually lower the age of consent but sorta look the other way, as long as the difference in age is only 3 or 4 years.
            The school nurses have told me that their biggest problem is sexually active 12 and 13 year old girls, so raising the age of consent might be politically correct but does not seem to solve the problem.

        • carriewhite64

          Strangely enough, even we in the South do not condone child rape. Weird, huh?

  • Third worlders bring the third world with them. What a shocker…..

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    • Charles Martel

      the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. The problem with open borders is that eventually the Third World runs out of First World countries to flee to.

  • Hilis Hatki

    As me teach Fagin usta say..
    In this life, one thing counts / In the bank, large amounts / I’m afraid these don’t grow on trees, / You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two / You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys, / You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two.

  • how about this

    “Now we’re seeing some of these same minors in the criminal justice system, and the crimes some are being brought in for are very serious, even heinous. The administration, with their approach, wants to assume everyone that shows up on America’s doorstep has good intentions, but that’s a dangerous assumption, and we’re seeing evidence of the fact.”

    – “Dangerous” is a racist word, since it is often applied to Black “criminals.”
    – “Crimes” are a racist concept, since the people convicted of them are more often Black than White.
    – “Evidence” is a racist concept, because most scientists (who love evidence) in the US are White males.
    – “Minors” is an ageist concept, since age is just a number, man. So is “statutory rape.”
    – The English language is a racist concept, because the British empire was English-speaking and was totally arrogant, man. They even taught Africans English, rather than respecting their linguistic diversity! Not once in this article did the author break out of the language of the oppressor!
    – Therefore, this entire article is invalid; checkmate, racists!!

  • listenupbub

    The cases are exposing many of the holes in the immigration system and
    the way the U.S. has tried to grapple with children fleeing economic
    troubles, domestic abuse or gang violence in Central America–and
    sometimes bringing those very troubles to the U.S. with them.

    You did not need to wait for “the cases” to come to light to know that problems would arise from our recent immigration wave. I already predicted that this stuff would happen days, even weeks ago, right here on Amren, using nothing but my racist intuition.

    race realism: 1
    race denialism: 0

  • Why can’t these illegal invading filth attack those supporting their invasion? There are politicians trying to enact yet another amnesty more deserving of the fiend’s attention than innocent citizens FORCED to endure the predations of invading barbarians.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Whites who are attacked by these barbarians are expendable. Nothing will stand in the way of the leftists’ program to “fundamentally transform America” into a turd world hellhole.

  • journey

    ” more than 11 million other illegal immigrants.” That figure has been used over a decade. The authorities are afraid to disclose the real figure.

    “The 12-year-old victim stated that she is approximately four months along in the pregnancy” This is the norm and younger in their countries of origin when the breeding starts.

    • InAFreeCountry

      I believe it’s at least 20 million.

  • [Guest]

    If the system is “broken,” it’s broken by design.

    • InAFreeCountry

      It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

  • DonReynolds

    There is nothing broken about the immigration system. If anything is broken on a daily basis, it would be the many laws are unenforced by the executive branch, by the order of a lawless president. The system works fine when ICE and Border Patrol are ALLOWED to perform their lawful duties. State and local law enforcement would be glad to provide the Feds with all the illegals they could possibly handle.

  • Light from the East

    It’s like Obama thinks America needs more crimes to make the US a better place.

    • Cid Campeador

      I think we need a Military coup d’etat and imprisonment of the majority of the present so called Administration; followed by the deportation of all Muslims and the repatriation to Africa of all Blacks.
      ” Dream on Little Broomstick Cowboy” -Bobby Goldsboro.

      • DonReynolds

        Sounds like too much handling and transportation.
        Clear the decks, load the guns, and fire when ready.
        Notice how quickly everyone sorts themselves to where they belong?
        Be over in no time.

  • InAFreeCountry

    Every illegal alien that is a lawbreaker should be deported. Let’s start with the law of entering the U.S. illegally.

    • Cid Campeador

      If they’ve murdered or raped, execute them. Deport them and eventually they’ll return.

      • kikz2

        …saw one the other day.. he’d been caught over the border for the 20th time…….after deportation. i wonder how much per repatriation that costs taxpayers?

        • Blackfish

          For this guy, deportation = Spring Break!

    • DonReynolds

      The penalty for re-entering the USA after being deported is 20 years in Federal prison. Obviously, that is another law that Obama refuses to enforce.
      In Nashville, they are arresting violent crliminal aliens that have already been deported 18 to 20 times already and the Feds are refusing to take them!

  • Lexonaut

    “Last year’s ‘children’ are charged with murder and rape.”

    We all have to grow up sometime, don’t we?

    • Cid Campeador

      All murderers and sexual predators regardless of their ethnicity need to be executed by firing squads. The very fact that we are forced to breathe the same air with them is an abomination. We need a strong leader (Kein Führer!) who will clear the trash that we have been feeding, treating and exercising for decades. No more constant appeals, no parole for animals such as Vanessa Coleman, Wesley Cooke, LeMaricus Davidson, Letalvus Cobbins, The Carr “Bruvahs”, Czarnayev,, Enamorado and all other vermin. Billions of dollars are being flushed down the toilet; dollars that could be put to research to cure or prevent Cancer and Alzheimers while we watch our loved ones become vegetables and/or corpses.
      This is getting to the point where good citizens will abandon their “gentility” and take matters into their own hands.

      • DonReynolds

        It must be clear by now that the clowns in Washington are not going to solve any problems.
        This country will not be cleansed of the filth and low-life until We The People decide to clean house.
        Until then, it will only become worse for the country.

  • mobilebay

    Why bother with trials? They’ll only be turned loose on the communities to continue their criminal acts. Until we elect people who have American interests at heart, rather than the welfare of foreign invaders, we are doomed.