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Nate Jackson / May 23, 2019

Democrats Outraged by Only Some Kids' Deaths

Two illegal teens murder another kid. Dems direct outrage at ICE.

Freshman Democrats in the House aren’t afraid to speak their minds, perhaps especially when it’s obnoxious, deceitful, divisive, or just plain false. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-OH) joined the club when she told acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan that the Border Patrol must be intentionally killing kids who cross the border.

“People keep dying, sir,” Underwood lectured. “So this is obviously more than a question of resources. Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and to work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns.” [Narrator: No, Congress has not been “more than willing” to provide resources to handle the overwhelming number of illegals pouring over our border.] “But at this point, with five kids that have died [while in Border Patrol custody], 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like and the evidence is really clear that this is intentional. It’s intentional. It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

After audible gasps and objections from others in the room, McAleenan replied, “That’s an appalling accusation.” Indeed it is, and we’re reasonably certain Underwood uttered it primarily to get herself some media attention and “street cred” with the base.

Underwood’s slanderous and false accusation aside, do you know who is killing kids? Illegal aliens.

In a horrific story out of the “sanctuary city” of Prince George’s County, Maryland, two teen MS-13 members are being sought by federal authorities after allegedly brutally murdering a 14-year-old girl to keep her quiet about a robbery. According to The Washington Times, “They made her strip before beating her with a baseball bat and chopping her with a machete.” The two had been in custody already last year for attempted murder, but PG County transferred them (and they were eventually released) without notifying U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE pointedly blamed the county for the gruesome murder. “These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life,” said Diane Witte, director of Baltimore’s ICE field office. But the blame goes further back than that. Both young men entered the U.S. illegally under Barack Obama and were beneficiaries of “catch and release” policies — one remanded to a relative in DC, and the other ordered back for a deportation hearing that he never attended. The vast majority of illegals do not show up for such hearings.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, put it best: “The anti-borders activists are quick to blame the Border Patrol for deaths that are out of its control, but rationalize the crimes committed by people who would be removed if the law were enforced. There really is a double-standard here.” It’s a double standard that is costing lives.

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