Two stabbings over the weekend, both victims and perpetrators appear to be Hispanic, the police say these are gang-related, and the crimes seem to bear every similarity with other illegal alien gang-banger crimes that used to be much more prevalent in the area. This, dear readers, is a huge challenge not only for Manassas but for the entire area, as trans-national gang violence never respects municipal borders, much less the national borders perpetrators violate in order to be here.
Now we don’t know that illegal aliens are a factor in this crime, but the two fatal stabbings over the weekend bear a lot of resemblance to the kind of crimes we saw from MS-13 affiliated illegal aliens before the Rule of Law Resolution passed in Prince William County. In 2007 five of the nine murder victims in Prince William and Manassas died at the hands of an illegal alien, and of those crimes all that were committed with an edged weapon involved MS-13 members who were illegal aliens. A briefing I received around that time from a member of the Gang Task Force confirmed that edged weapons such as knives and machetes were the favored weapons of MS-13, and a report earlier in the decade by the Virginia State Police estimated that at that time 90% of all MS-13 members were illegal aliens. So I suspect a strong connection to illegal aliens in this crime for a reason.
This kind of shocking violence deserves a strong and coordinated investigation involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local police departments, the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, the Virginia State Police and every other agency that has potential intelligence assets to bear or some specialized expertise involving trans-national gangs. We’ve seen what happens with this kind of gang violence spins out of control in the past and we can’t afford to let it happen again. This deserves to be a strong focus of law enforcement activity at the local, state and federal levels and rolled up before more brutal and senseless violence breaks out.
In Prince William County we’ve achieved a lot with significant rate reductions in several troubling kinds of violence because of the Rule of Law Resolution according to a recent UVA study. Manassas has quietly adopted many of the provisions of that policy as well, but without earning for itself the same reputation as being a jurisdiction that is particularly tough on illegal aliens. For the rest of the solution here, it might be time to have citizens asking the City Council to explore opportunities to enact legislation or policies that might help suppress crime by trans-national gangs and/or engage in some public relations efforts that will get the word out that illegal aliens and gang-bangers might face a particularly difficult time if they choose Manassas as their hunting ground. Being the nail that sticks up a little less hasn’t worked out so well, as two dead city residents now silently testify.
While we’re at it, it’s probably time to just simply get every jurisdiction in Virginia actively engaged in solving this issue, since if we help stamp out transnational gang violence in Manassas, we’re going to see it again elsewhere. If not Manassas, then Manassas Park, or Fairfax, or Stafford, or somewhere else. Between the Rule of Law Campaign and the efforts of a number of members of the House of Delegates, we’ll have an opportunity to do just that this year, as long as Senator Dick Saslaw doesn’t decide to protect illegal aliens instead of Virginians like he’s done for the past three years in a row.
Yeah, Dick. Your intransigence in dealing with this issue means minority youths in Virginia are dying because of you. The same Hispanic people you always claim to care about are being murdered because policies that would protect them from brutal illegal alien infested trans-national gangs are preying on legal immigrants and illegal aliens — as well as other forms of Virginians on a regular basis are being blocked by you. You bear responsibility for the loss of these lives. Maybe if white people were watching their intestines being carved out by MS-13 gang-bangers in Georgetown South before they die you’d give a crap, but if it’s Latino people dying, well, they don’t matter, right?
We probably can’t stop all trans-national gang violence, but we sure can make it a lot more difficult for those who are uncannily responsible for it to unlawfully reside in Virginia and prey on Virginans. We should also make it a lot more difficult for those who abet this violence with their intransigence — folks like Dick Saslaw and his enablers like Chuck Colgan — to continue to draw taxpayer checks while they ensure that police don’t engage in any exceptional efforts to protect vulnerable lives in our minority communities. While we press our elected officials to take on this first task, we have to shoulder the responsibility for accomplishing the second.
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