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DC Examiner Forces Officials To Acknowledge The Truth

By Greg L | 23 April 2009 | Illegal Aliens, Crime, Prince William County | 25 Comments

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
From: MCPDChief@montgomerycountymd.gov
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
CC: MaryAlice.Martus@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
(240) 773-5005

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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25 Comments

  1. BothPartiesColludeAgainstYou said on 23 Apr 2009 at 12:15 pm:
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    Klopott’s story is straight to the point and rather perfectly written. I hope more people are paying attention.

  2. BothPartiesColludeAgainstYou said on 23 Apr 2009 at 12:17 pm:
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    “cannot do your research” seems to me to imply a kind of fascist state in Montgomery County that the Chief can’t speak about this sort of thing - strictly verboten.

  3. JUST SAY NO said on 23 Apr 2009 at 2:28 pm:
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    This is the type of criminal behavior that was at one time condoned in PWC by the Chief.

  4. Mark said on 23 Apr 2009 at 4:21 pm:
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    Where is the outrage in Montgomery County? Is everyone hiding thier heads in the sand??? Do they want to wait until it’s one of their own kids?

  5. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 23 Apr 2009 at 5:55 pm:
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    http://dailytimes.com/wire.lasso?report=/dynamic/stories/U/US_CENSUS_BOYCOTT
    Okay. This article says it all. Do the people in the article want to be “American” or something else (i.e., their own “community”)? You decide. Here is a small quote from the article:
    “”The same data that helps the Latino community to seek political empowerment, the same numbers that are used to show how strong we are and prove our growing numbers, that’s the same data the anti-immigrant forces use against us,” the Rev. Miguel Rivera, the head of the coalition, said Tuesday.”

  6. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 23 Apr 2009 at 6:32 pm:
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    http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20090422/NEWS01/904220315/1004/NEWS01
    “Greenville County may shut down businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants under an ordinance adopted by County Council on Tuesday night.”

    It is about time a county’s leadership addresses the issue of illegal immigration head on. What amazes me is the lack of fortitude of our BOCs to take this kind of action! Weren’t we considered one of the “tough” counties cracking down on illegal immigration? I haven’t heard anything recently regarding our county cracking down on anything! Seems like all other counties out there are actually doing something….yet….our county is not. Let’s get some action now BOCS!

  7. Greg L said on 24 Apr 2009 at 12:29 am:
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    Here’s an email that was sent to Manger and the County Council, courtesy of Help Save Maryland:

    Chief Manger; Ike; Council Members:

    Some more bad press for MOCO - and well deserved. I hope this article cranks up the heat to high on all of you for your lack of fortitude in dealing with illegal alien crime. It is tragic that this little girl was harmed in the most vile way imaginable because you gave sanctuary to this man. In what can only be described as your failure to protect the people, you are accountable to her.

    Even under your new “policy”, which amounts to little more than CYA, animals like this will continue to walk in MOCO and this scenario will be repeated. You have the power to prevent it, but you won’t. I will never understand why, and I’m sure this little girl won’t either.

  8. PWC_Gal said on 24 Apr 2009 at 2:47 am:
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    The family of the little girl that was harmed needs to file a civil suit against MOCO for harboring, aiding and abetting an illegal alien, much like Mrs. Bologna is suing San Fran for harboring Ramos, who killed her husband and children. I would gladly donate to the litigation fund. It’s one of the few ways we can attempt to change policy and make local government accountable for their choices to shelter these criminals.

    The packers arrive next week, and the moving truck a few days after that. It appears that we really are short-timers here in CA.

    O/T — my apologies — but in my mind, just again points out the differences between areas that decide to uphold the law and those that just think the law is “optional” —

    After watching the local news reports of yet another shooting (4 shot, 1 dead, 3 recovering in hospital), a bit on a city (Salinas) under siege due to gang violence, I was treated to this tidbit: a local non-profit has received $2 Mil in “stimulus money” (aka, our hard-earned tax dollars) to buy new appliances and make low-income homes more energy efficient. And the bonus — wait for it — legal status optional!
    Illegal migrants are thrilled, just thrilled, that they are getting not only money to pay their utilities, but brand new appliances to boot!
    http://www.kcba.com/Global/story.asp?S=10232800

    Ain’t America great? California, the model for Democratic government, really is head-and-shoulders above the rest !

  9. Anonymous said on 24 Apr 2009 at 5:08 am:
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    Hmmmmmmmmm……… If only we had a fence!

    http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/106964/Japan-Pays-Foreign-Workers-to-Go-Home

  10. Advocator said on 24 Apr 2009 at 9:17 am:
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    Patriot: The problem with implementing a “Greenville” type ordinance here in PWC is the licensing. Greenville, according to the article that you posted, requires businesses to register with the County each year in order to do business. That registration can now be revoked upon a showing that the business “knowingly” hires illegal aliens. PWC has no such requirement for registration. The only so-called “licensing” PWC does is a tax collection. Pay your tax, and you’re “licensed” to do business. There’s no requirement to “register” to do business. If you don’t pay your taxes, and you’re caught, you simply pay back taxes. No provisions for criminal/civil sanctions. There could be, since the state grants localities the authority to license businesses. But PWC has not asserted that authority, other than to use it to collect money.

    The Greenville ordinance looks like political posturing to me. Any lawyer knows its well-nigh impossible to prove that a business “knowingly” hired illegal aliens. If they do try to enforce it, they’ve bought themselves a lawsuit that any two-bit, twice de-barred shyster from Dogpatch could win. I would not advise the PWC BOCS to go down that route. A better route would be to require all county contractors to certify in any proposal that they use E-verify. Such a requirement doesn’t reach all businesses in the county, but it reaches a good many.

    There’s no easy way to crack the illegal alien nut. But it can be done. The main thing is to keep pressuring our elected officials to realize that they’ve got a problem. Since most of them live in areas that are not infested with the invaders, they aren’t personally aware of the degradation they’ve caused the community. And when you’re dealing with a police chief who is more concerned with survey results (bogus though they may be) than with providing for the safety of law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, the effort is made even harder. Combine that with nuts like Gotthardt, Reynolds, and the rest of their bunch who make their living by succoring to the needs of the Invaders and their issue, and you’ve a bigger problem.

    Keep the faith. Thanks for all you do.

  11. Johnson said on 24 Apr 2009 at 2:03 pm:
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    MOCO should hang it’s collective head in shame.

    Mark-there is no outrage among liberals. They will never criticize their own.

  12. what's next said on 24 Apr 2009 at 2:09 pm:
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    Mark, you asked “Do they want to wait until it’s one of their own kids?”

    It already has and they still have yet to do anything. An illegal alien, who has been arrested on weapons charges and released shot 4 teens killing a 14 year old honor student: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2008/nov/montgomery-sanctuary-policy-leads-youth-s-murder

  13. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 24 Apr 2009 at 5:58 pm:
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    http://www.news-leader.com/article/20090423/BREAKING01/90423037/1007/NEWS01
    “Missouri House bans illegal immigrants from college”
    It is about time we start seeing more sensible things!

  14. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 24 Apr 2009 at 6:03 pm:
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    http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=104683
    “Carol Plato, who testified before a legislative committee, says the Florida Hospital Association estimates the cost is $100 million for illegal patient care.”
    How is that for some “truth”. I guess the liberals and other pro-amnesty types just cannot see the truth even when reports coming from all over the country basically say the same things! What kind of college did these liberals go to? I thought that liberals are supposed to be intelligent!!???!!

  15. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 24 Apr 2009 at 6:40 pm:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izpU4YJ0ZAA
    GREAT and FUNNY VIDEO! Speaker of the House Workout! Get off those couches people!

  16. BattleCat said on 24 Apr 2009 at 7:05 pm:
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    Now we’re letting swine flue up through our porous borders. Hooray!!

  17. VA_Magoo said on 24 Apr 2009 at 7:42 pm:
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    Why should a little thing like rape bother these people? They dont think “illegals” have broken any laws to get here, why would any other laws be any different?

    A good friend of mine calls his state “the People’s Democratic Republic of Maryland”.

  18. citizenofmanassas said on 24 Apr 2009 at 7:46 pm:
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    Ike does not care about this, he and his family are protected from the scum. Typical leftest banana republic bs where the leaders are protected while the people are held hostage by the criminals.

  19. Johnson said on 25 Apr 2009 at 11:27 am:
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    BattleCat-
    We were just discussing the spread of the swine flu. Mexico has declared that they will not close the border, so it will be interesting to watch the pandemic spread to the illegal alien sanctuary cities. Hope they have plenty of vaccines!

  20. Johnson said on 25 Apr 2009 at 7:51 pm:
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    All-
    I am imagining how many car/van/truck loads of illegals are moving across the U.S. as we speak, spreading swine flu. When are we going to wake up? After thousands of deaths?

  21. BattleCat said on 25 Apr 2009 at 10:51 pm:
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    I never saw the strategy….20 million illegal immigrants - 20 million Americans killed in swine flu pandemic = 0 sum game. Well, I suppose that’s one way to balance things out. Maybe 66 will be a little less crowded in the mornings. Silver lining?

  22. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 26 Apr 2009 at 5:25 pm:
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    http://www.abc15.com/content/news/westvalley/avondale/story/40-arrested-in-southwest-Valley-crime-suppression/EMQ4N9uZBEyq6w0rfzh2YQ.cspx
    GREAT article on another crime sweep netting illegal immigrants by Sheriff Joe. I have to say…Chief Deane needs lessons from Sheriff Joe on how to actually get the job done.

  23. annon said on 26 Apr 2009 at 8:23 pm:
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    I live in Lake Ridge and crime is starting to really take off.

    Multiple cars have had the tires stolen in the home owners driveways at night. Multiple cars have been tampered with at the commuter parking lots near Horner Road.

    We live on a cul de sac with one way in and one way out, and burglars have been brave enough to take their chances with stealing in the better neighborhoods.

    The Prince William police have said that robberies are going up dramatically in the nice areas of Lake Ridge.

    I for one paid a visit to the gun show this past week end at the Dulles Expo center.

  24. Frustrated said on 27 Apr 2009 at 10:01 am:
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    While Americans get a travel alert on mexico, thousands of illegals with the swine flu will be coming across the border to get “free” (free=you pay) healthcare , and infect American citizens.
    Who needs terrorists when they can just send infected illegals across a porous boarder to accomplish the same goal.
    When will the primary goal of government (protecting our borders) begin? Pathetic.

  25. Anonymous said on 27 Apr 2009 at 10:08 am:
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    Frustrated said on 27 Apr 2009 at 10:01 am: Flag comment

    While Americans get a travel alert on mexico, thousands of illegals with the swine flu will be coming across the border to get “free” (free=you pay) healthcare , and infect American citizens.

    From the same country that gave us TB, violent gangs, unlimited illegal drugs, and it goes on and on.

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