MAY 20, 2013
A year after Baltimore’s mayor signed an order officially converting the city into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, federal authorities announce the arrest of an undocumented Ecuadorian national “wanted for the brutal rape of a 9-year-old girl.”
It marks the latest in a series of heartbreaking examples involving an illegal alien haven blowing up in a local government’s face. We’ve seen this nationwide in municipalities that enable illegal immigrants to commit atrocious crimes by protecting them from the feds. There are too many cases to list here, but examples include a Salvadoran gangbanger who murdered a father and his two sons in San Francisco, an illegal alien member of a notoriously violent street gang who killed a high school football star in Los Angeles and a Bolivian with an extensive criminal record who killed a nun while driving drunk in Virginia.
In each case, the illegal immigrant was protected by a sanctuary city that shielded him from deportation. Judicial Watch investigated all of the incidents and obtained public records from the various agencies involved in the cases, which occurred years apart. JW has also sued the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for banning officers from inquiring about a suspect’s immigration status, a policy that clearly played a role in the prep football standout’s murder because the gangbanger had an extensive criminal record and should have been deported.
Now Maryland’s largest city is experiencing firsthand the tragic consequences of providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants. This month Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that a 31-year-old Ecuadorian named Henry Estrella-Cordova was arrested in Silver Spring because he’s a suspect in “an extremely violent rape against a 9-year-old child” in Baltimore. Estrella-Cordova entered the United States illegally at an unknown place and at an unknown time more than a year ago, according to ICE.
Perhaps he was attracted to the area after hearing about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s sanctuary order, which is supposed to help Baltimore recruit 10,000 families in a decade. That’s why last spring Rawlings-Blake signed the measure prohibiting police and social agencies from asking anyone about their immigration status. The order also prohibits city funds, resources or personnel from investigating individuals suspected of violating federal immigration law.
“The Governor’s Commission of Hispanic Affairs Annual Report 2008-2009 reports that Maryland’s Hispanic population has increased by 65%,” the mayor’s order says. “It is incumbent upon us to ensure that the newest members of our community are extended the same rights and protections the rest of us seek to preserve and enjoy.”