Some residents of Montgomery County, Maryland saw the April 5th post regarding illegal alien fugitive and suspected child rapist Marcos Danilo Reyes Banegas and started to ask some pointed questions of the county police chief Thomas Manger and County Executive Ike Leggett. Incensed that Banegas has been arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct and then released later to rape and sodomize an eight year old girl in Prince William County, they wanted to know if Montgomery County would finally implement a policy that would prevent similar occurrences in the future. After weeks of stonewalling, county officials were finally forced to admit the facts of the case and that no, they weren’t going to prevent this from happening in the future. That admission only happened as a result of DC Examiner reporter Freeman Klopott getting involved. Regular citizens aren’t permitted to have their questions answered.
Such is the utter insanity of those dedicated to protecting illegal aliens from the consequences of their unlawful behavior.
The charges were later dropped, and Banegas was released. Had his name been sent to federal immigration authorities, as it was in Prince William County, Banegas would have been detained for deportation hearings.
Earlier this year, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett altered the county’s long-standing policy of not sending the names of those arrested to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Pushed by a series of high-profile killings allegedly committed by illegal immigrants, Leggett said in February the county would now send to ICE the names of people accused of violent offenses.
Leggett said the county would rely on the state’s legal list of violent offenses. But second-degree assault is not included on that list, and Banegas’ name would not have been turned over to ICE under the new policy, Leggett’s spokesman Patrick Lacefield said.
So why would law enforcement officials decide not to report to federal authorities persons suspected of violating federal law? Ike Leggett’s spokesman doesn’t even try to make the ridiculous case that it’s too much work for police to do their jobs, he just resorts to ideological pablums, admitting that political goals are more important than protecting children.
“People need to be held responsible for the crimes they commit,” Lacefield said. “Reporting every single crime would be putting county police in the position of enforcing federal immigration policy,” he added, calling on the federal government to reform immigration laws.
I guess that should more accurately read “some people need to be held responsible for the crimes they commit, as long as we don’t have a vested interest in protecting them.” I wonder how many other violations of federal law the Montgomery County Police Department refuses to enforce, and under what circumstances.
The effort to even get local officials to acknowledge the facts of this case belies the utter contempt these officials must have for their own law abiding residents. In emails to Ike Leggett and Chief Manger, county residents had to do their own search of local criminal records and prove to Chief Manger that a criminal record existed for Banegas when it’s rather obvious that they already knew the facts of this case. They provided Manger with the court records they identified for Banegas, and this is the flippant response they got:
Subject: RE: Marcos Danilo Reyes Banegas
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 12:57:04 -0400
To: <redacted> Councilmember.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov; County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov; Ike.Leggett@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov; Patrick.Lacefield@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Andrews@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Ervin@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Knapp@montgomerycountymd.gov; Councilmember.Trachtenberg@montgomerycountymd.gov
I don’t know the answer and cannot do your research. Prince William County detectives would already be aware of any connection if one exists.
J. Thomas Manger
Chief of Police
Montgomery County Department of Police
Efforts to obtain information from Prince William County Police spokesperson Erika Hernandez, who had told reporters Banegas had a criminal record, were fruitless. She didn’t even bother to respond to questions, stonewalling in solidarity with a police department that had allowed a dangerous criminal alien to go free and later ruin the life of an innocent eight year old girl. You’d think the Prince William County Police Department would be more interested in encouraging neighboring departments to effectively enforce the law, reducing the number of instances when a violent crime happens in Prince William County because another jurisdiction set free an illegal alien predator. Apparently, they place protecting the law enforcement officials of sanctuary jurisdictions above protecting county residents, which isn’t much of a surprise since left to their own devices, they had made Prince William County a sanctuary jurisdiction in the past.
Fortunately, there are reporters out there who are interested when a citizen does all their research for them and hands them a great story, even if that story is politically correct. Had it not been for Mr. Klopott of the Examiner, this story would have been limited to the blogosphere and those responsible for this outrageous behavior would never have been called to account.
Getting some government officials to even acknowledge the truth shouldn’t be so difficult.
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