In the 1960’s, Eric Burton and the Animals sang “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure and wear some flowers in your hair.” Today, the lyrics should read: “If you’re an illegal immigrant who wants to commit triple murder in broad daylight and not be deported, probably not even face the death penalty, be sure and live in San Francisco.”
Last week, a well known El Salvador gang member and local trouble maker, Edwin Ramos, now just 21 years old, decided that he had been inconvenienced by a motorist who was stuck in mid-intersection. Ramos and his two companions wanted to make a left hand turn but they were blocked by Mr. Tony Bolgna’s car. So, apparently, they did the logical and normal thing: Ramos is accused of bringing out his Ak-47 machine gun and blasting Mr. Bolgna and his two sons, aged 20 and 16 respectively, (who were traveling in the car with him) to death right then and there.
The deaths have outraged those with a sense of decency, which in San Francisco is not a particularly large amount of the citizenry, and even among those the operative concern is largely only the recognition that they could be next. That feeling intensified, however, when authorities revealed that Ramos, 21, is an illegal immigrant who managed to avoid deportation despite previous brushes with the law. In the city by the bay, of course he managed to stay there, protected by an idiot law made by idiot people.
Indeed, the victims’ family learned that Ramos had been arrested at least three times before the shooting and evaded deportation, largely because of San Francisco’s “sanctuary policy.”
This misguided, but all too San Fran sicko policy, adopted in 1989 by the city’s elected Board of Supervisors, bars local officials from cooperating with federal authorities in their efforts to deport illegal immigrants.
That many of San Francisco’s elected officials and a large percentage of the town hate America and hate the Federal Government is a well known fact. Now, however, they may finally get what has been due them for a long time: recognition that their own peculiar brand of political correctness is anything but.
The facts in this particular matter show that the accused killer is a member of the El Salvador street gang known as MS-13, running drugs, laundering money and doing very bad things over a very long period:
–In 2003, Ramos and his gang assaulted a man on a city bus. He was charged with assault, convicted and placed in a shelter. City officials never alerted federal immigration authorities who, because of the felony conviction, should have deported him.
–In 2004, four days after his release, Ramos tried to rob a pregnant woman. He later was arrested, convicted and sent to a city-run camp. City officials never alerted federal immigration authorities who, because of the second felony conviction, should have deported him.
–Mr. Ramos was not yet 21 at the time of these offenses and officials in the juvenile offender’s agency interpreted the sanctuary law to also shield underage felons from deportation by refusing to report undocumented ones.
–In March of this year, San Francisco police pulled Ramos over because his car had illegally tinted windows and no front license plate. Someone in the car fled, and tried to throw away a gun, which forensics later tied to a double murder. Ramos was arrested, but the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris failed to prosecute him.
The local officials are now trying very hard to throw all the blame on the Federal government they despise by saying that in the latter matter, the sheriff’s department did notify ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) who then did nothing about it.
ICE spokesman Timothy Counts said the only communication received about Ramos was an “electronic message” from the sheriff’s department three hours after his release.
Whatever. No doubt there is enough blame to go around to all involved in this tragedy. In fairness to the 1989 Board of Supervisors, the idea of the “Sanctuary” resolution was to be a way of letting otherwise law-abiding residents know that they could report crimes to police, send their children to school and see a doctor – without fear that local authorities would turn them into federal authorities.
Ok, so what they wanted to do was let the initial law breakers be entitled to act like real citizens and not face any persecution or deportation issues if they raised their hand over a law-abiding issue. That this flaunted U.S. law which says in essence that an illegal alien is just that no matter how much of a good person they otherwise prove to be cannot be questioned.
Until now however local authorities were allowed to carry on without anyone or any media to call out this obvious double standard. Somewhere along the line the San Francisco’s Juvenile Probation staff decided that the sanctuary city policy commanded them to shield juveniles convicted of serious offenses, like assault and drug dealing, from federal immigration officials.
While there will be a lot of finger pointing and trying to make this a federal screw-up, the facts show that it is definitely San Francisco and their local governmental establishment first and foremost that needs to seriously clean up its act, get rid of the appeasement loving idiots who allow criminal behavior of all types, who continually side with the perpetrators rather than the victims of crime, who hate the rest of America and actually believe that what they are doing is good and right.
Perhaps, Mr. Bologna and his sons will not have died in vain, but will be the last in a long line of victims who will finally bring this sick city to its senses. Hope springs eternal.