Or more accuately cleaning up the aftermath of tsunami of immigration unleased by Congress and the ongoing multiple administration administrative amnesties. Both Bush and Clinton Regimes were also active, or shall it be said, in-active concerning immigration enforcement. The government recently spent millions of dollars cleaning up after the ongoing non-feasance of past administrations, going back to George H.W. Bush. The amnesty of non-enforcement of our immigration laws. And the locals are left to clean up the blood in the streets.
Offered in evidence the trials of members of the MS-13 Salvadoran street gang who have been murdering their way through this country and in San Francisco specifically. (h/t Crime and Consequences)
San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday August 31, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's biggest gang trial in many years ended Tuesday when a jury convicted six men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of MS-13, a crime organization that waged war against rivals and defectors in San Francisco's Mission District and was found responsible for at least three 2008 murders.
A seventh defendant, Walter Cruz-Zavala, was acquitted. The six men face up to life in prison when sentenced Nov. 30.
Jurors deliberated for a week after a federal court trial that lasted more than four months. Prosecutors portrayed the young men as leaders or soldiers of a heavily armed gang that controlled its territory, based at 20th and Mission streets, through fear and intimidation.
The prosecution's case relied in part on informants, six former gang members who pleaded guilty and testified in exchange for lesser sentences, and secretly tape-recorded conversations with the defendants.
Defense lawyers questioned them intensely about inconsistencies in their accounts over time and claimed that they had instigated many of the crimes, committed between 2005 and 2008. But U.S. District Judge William Alsup refused to give the jury the option of finding that the defendants had been entrapped, saying there was no evidence that they were induced to break the law.
Another 18 defendants who were indicted in 2008 have also pleaded guilty, including two men who were sentenced to 20 years each for the fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Ivan Miranda in the Excelsior district in July 2008. Two others await trial for a slaying outside the Daly City BART Station in February 2009.
"These convictions, together with prior guilty pleas, have substantially impacted the gang's ability to operate in San Francisco," Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads the Justice Department's
Criminal Division, said in a statement.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador and has 8,000 to 10,000 members in theUnited States, according to the FBI. The heavily tattooed members are initiated by "jumping in," a beating they take from other members that lasts 13 seconds. Then, according to prosecutors, they rise in the ranks by committing acts of violence.
Jurors found that three defendants committed murders to maintain or increase their status in the gang.
Erick Lopez, 23, was convicted of fatally shooting Ernad Joldic and Philip Ng in March 2008. Prosecutors said the victims were ordinary people who happened to be wearing a rival gang's color, red, in a neighborhood controlled by MS-13.
Two other defendants, Guillermo Herrera and Jonathan Cruz-Ramirez, both 22, were convicted of the July 2008 murder of Armando Estrada, described by prosecution witnesses as a seller of fake documents who refused to pay "taxes" to MS-13 in its territory. A witness said Herrera took off his bandana and laughed after shooting Estrada.
Jurors found Cruz-Ramirez not guilty of murdering another man, Juan Rodriguez, in what prosecutors described as an act of vengeance against a rival gang in May 2008. No one else was charged with that slaying, but the racketeering charges, of which all six defendants were convicted, included allegations that leaders ordered the shooting.
Defendants were also convicted of attempted murders, assaults and firearms possession, and of conspiring in a drug trafficking enterprise.
The other three defendants are Moris Flores, 22, Marvin Carcamo, 31, and Angel Guevara, 30. Prosecutors said each of them led the MS-13 branch at different times and escalated its brutality.
Prosecutors sought to portray the seventh defendant, Cruz-Zavala, 21, as someone who took care of guns for the gang, but jurors acquitted him of both racketeering and conspiring with gang members to commit crimes.
Cruz-Zavala was just "a wannabe," his lawyer, Randy Sue Pollock, said after the verdict. She said he now faces possible deportation to El Salvador.
Millions of Salvadoran immigrants both legal and illegal have brought crime with them. And over the years little has been done about deporting those with criminal convictions or gang associations. Even less has been done about deporting the illegal Salvadorans because of the ongoing administrative amnesty that has spanned various administrations, not just Obama's. Congress, of course, is also guilty of aiding and abetting illegal immigration by amnestying many of these criminals, their families, and associates, the sea in which they swim. Criminals are like guerrillas. They must swim in a sea that protects and sustains them. Without Salvadoran immigrants, legal and illegal, MS-13 could not be.
Of course, don't hold your breath for deportation, other MS-13 gangbangers have been in the process but released into the community to kill and kill again.