Repeatedly Deported Illegal Murders Five
Open borders have sometimes deadly consequences.
An intentional invasion of our southern border has been welcomed and enabled by Joe Biden’s administration. Democrats are politically invested in the results of millions of migrants making their way to the U.S., and they are increasingly ideologically committed to the idea that a national border is fundamentally unfair and wrong.
Sometimes the people illegally crossing our border do other illegal things, sometimes horrific things.
Such was the case with Francisco Oropesa, the Mexican national accused of murdering five of his neighbors in Texas Friday night after they asked him to stop firing his gun because of a sleeping baby. They called police and were assured help was on the way, but not before Oropeza reloaded and headed for their house.
“I never thought that he would shoot,” said Wilson Garcia, whose wife and son were murdered. Oropesa also tried to shoot Garcia but missed. “Then he went room to room, looking for people.”
Sonia Argentina Guzman (25), Diana Velazquez Alvarado (21), Julisa Molina Rivera (31), Jose Jonathan Casarez (18), and Daniel Enrique Laso (8) were all shot in the head execution style. Two of the women shielded three young children who survived. All five were from Honduras, though their legal status is unclear.
What is clear is that Oropesa was here illegally this time, and he’d been deported as many as five times previously. As we go to press, American authorities are still searching for him, with a combined $80,000 reward for tips leading to his apprehension. He’s considered armed and dangerous.
Update 5/3: Authorities apprehended Oropesa after a four-day manhunt.
As for that open border, 87% of Americans know exactly where to put the blame: on the federal government.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents encountered nearly three million illegals in 2022. No one knows how many they didn’t encounter, and no one seems to know where they end up whether they escaped detection or were caught and released.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress two weeks ago that the border is “secure.” Meanwhile, he’s telling the news media that it’s Congress’s fault that the border is not secure.
“Within the constraints of a broken immigration system, we are doing so much,” he insisted. “We have got to fix it,” he added. “We need legislative reform.”
Mayorkas and others in the administration have also repeatedly blamed Donald Trump for “breaking” the border. That’s a lie, of course — Trump secured the border, and Biden’s first order of business was undoing as much of that as he could.
So, what of legislative reform? Republicans are working on what’s being called the “strongest border security package” on record. “We’re going to bring a border security package and pass it through this House of Representatives,” said House Majority Leader Steve Scalise. “And we challenge President Biden to work with us to solve this problem.”
Good luck with that.
In fact, Scalise still has some work to do with his fellow Republicans. Dan Crenshaw, for one, isn’t happy that the current legislation “doesn’t talk about the cartels,” and he’s a “no” until it does. “So the people who have operational control of the border, the people who are killing 80,000 Americans a year by trafficking fentanyl through the border, are completely unaddressed in this bill.”
Republican strategists are no doubt using that disagreement to leverage a bill that’s as strong as possible — or at least we’d like to hope they are. But Mayorkas’s blame-shifting notwithstanding, we also don’t have an administration that wants a secure border. Biden, Mayorkas, and “border czar” Kamala Harris just want you to think they’re doing everything they can.
Voters will have a choice next year between continued humanitarian crisis and murderous mayhem brought by Joe Biden’s open border or any number of Republican candidates who believe that a secure border is a fundamental responsibility of a presidential administration.
How many more innocent people have to die before that choice becomes a bit easier?