The Hispandering Effect
Ilana Mercer deplores the influx of criminal aliens
From her bright eyes and big smile to her sun-kissed, luscious locks, Kathryn Steinle was the consummate California girl. The 32-year-old was shot dead by a proxy of the American Immigration-Industrial-Complex.
ICE, the federal wing of The Complex, was quick to blame its local branch: the City of San Francisco. San Francisco is the sanctuary city that unleashed confessed killer Francisco Sanchez. As a matter of policy, sanctuary cities commit to protecting their illegal population as they would their endangered species.
Yes, San Francisco provided sanctuary not for Kathryn Steinle, but for the likes of Francisco Sanchez. Alas, this criminal alien had accessories to the crime. The murder of Ms. Steinle was a murder-by-proxy. For regularly unleashing predators on people they swore to protect, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement is just as culpable as the sanctuary cities. Last year, reports CNSNews, ICE alone loosed approximately 30,000 convicted criminal aliens, “including those convicted of sex crimes, homicide, drunk driving, kidnapping and robbery.” Recidivism among them is proving rife.
Francisco Sanchez is the face of successive American administrations—lawmakers and enforcers; city, state and federal—who’ve refused to uphold negative rights; who’ve rejected a duty that falls perfectly within the purview of the “night-watchman state of classical-liberal theory.” And well within the ambit of the U.S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
Ms. Steinle joins a litany of lives lost. Criminal aliens commit crimes all the time. However, until the rise of The Donald and The Coulter duo, a few weeks back—those who determine the “conversation” du jour had been otherwise occupied in northern New York State. For three weeks, they followed a manhunt for local killers escaped.
Criminals of the Richard Matt and David Sweat caliber (or potential) cross the country’s Southwest, wide-open border almost daily. They go on to integrate into drug cartels, as drunk drivers and as petty and not-so-petty criminals. Nobody stops them. No one is allowed to so much as ask about their pedigree.
The same sort of offenders sprang into action the day after Ms. Steinle’s murder. On that Thursday, by Ann Coulter’s telling, “two people, Traci Lynn Lemley and Jeremy Carrico,” were killed by “members of the Mexican mafia.” Another couple, “Michael Careccia and his wife, Tina, were dug out of the Arizona desert,” having been placed there, allegedly, by one Jose Valenzuela. There was a child rape, courtesy of a Haitian voodoo priest. In my sanctuary state of Washington a hit-and-run took place. In response, Washingtonians took to the streets of Seattle in solidarity with … victims of the shooting at the First AME Church in Charleston.
Remember the 2007, execution-style shooting of four young black college students in Newark? That was the doing of a gang of illegal aliens.
Dearly departed too is Arizona Rancher Robert Krentz. A pillar of the Cochise County community, Krentz had for decades raised cattle along the Arizona-Mexico border. The cruel marauder who shot Krentz and his canine companion on his land, in 2010, beat a retreat to Mexico.
In 2012, a man named Ramon Hernandez took the tiniest of victims. Dimitri Smith was killed in-utero by this recipient of the Drunk-Driver Immigration Visa. You can see the deceased preemie, as he is cradled by young mother Aileen Smith, before being laid to rest.
Yet on TV, commentator Geraldo Rivera is fond of countering the carnage with this claim: the overall probability of being victimized by a Hispanic is negligibly low.
However low, that probability is still greater than the likelihood of one being killed by a soldier of ISIS. Yet some American crazies like Chucky Krauthammer are demanding that the U.S. occupy the Middle East so as to militate against those miniscule probabilities.
Besides, how would La Raza or Obama or Rivera know that Hispanic crime rates are likely comparable to white crime rates, given the obfuscating effects of the “Hispanic effect”? To wit, as criminologists have long complained, “FBI and Bureau of Justice crime statistics fail to distinguish between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white criminals.”
The upshot: White criminality is inflated; Latino lawlessness remains in the shadows.
More critically: what do Geraldo, La Raza and the rest of America’s Immigration-Industrial-Complex mean when they assert that the threat posed to natives by imported Latino criminals is significantly lower, or the same, as the danger to you and me from our own, local trailer trash?
Is the Latino Lobby implying that had they not been murdered by imported criminals—Steinle, Bluhm, baby Smith; Krentz, Jamiel Shaw, Jr. and Grant Ronnebeck would have, nevertheless, been killed by native criminals?
Ridiculous! I know not if this illogic—this inescapable deduction—is a case of a categorical confusion or a category mistake. All I know is that, logically, at least, propensities for crime are irrelevant in a discussion about the murder of Ms. Steinle and all other victims of criminals who should not be in the U.S.
For these deaths have nothing to do with aggregate crime rates; they’re about individuals who should be alive: a baby that should have been born, a girl who should be among the living, young men and women who should not be dead.
To justify the crime-probabilities line-of-inquiry in the context of Sanchez’ presence that day on the SF pier, you would need to show that had Sanchez been deported or jailed or turned back at the border—his victim, Ms. Steinle, would nevertheless have suffered the same fate at the hands of a native murderer. The same eventuality would need to be demonstrated with respect to each individual victim of a criminal alien. The implication is crushingly stupid, even by Geraldo Rivera’s standards.
Ilana Mercer is a paleolibertarian writer, based in the U.S. She pens WND’s longest-standing, exclusive paleolibertarian column, “Return to Reason.” She is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies. Her latest book is “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Her website is www.IlanaMercer.com. She blogs at www.barelyablog.com Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IlanaMercer “Friend” her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilanamercer.libertarian