Rockville rape: Fueling the immigration debate
“When politicians and activists put the comfort of illegal aliens ahead of the security of Americans, something is fundamentally wrong,” said Derek Hunter in Townhall.com. Yet that’s what seems to have happened at Rockville High School in Maryland, where protests have broken out after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two fellow students—both of them undocumented immigrants. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez- Milian, 18, were among 150,000 unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally during the last two years of the Obama administration. Both spent time in federal custody before being allowed to join relatives in Maryland—a state where liberals are pushing for “sanctuary” status. These men were placed in ninth grade alongside their much younger victim, and repaid “welcoming” school officials by allegedly dragging the girl into a school bathroom and taking turns assaulting her. As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer put it, President Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration precisely “because of tragedies like this.”
“You can almost hear the townsfolk sharpening their pitchforks,” said Robby Soave in Reason.com. What happened to the victim is “truly appalling,” and if these two immigrants are found guilty, “they should pay for it dearly.” Neverthe-less, conservatives are shamefully exploiting this tragedy to push the narrative that many or most illegal immigrants “are filthy rapists”—or as Trump memorably put it, “bad hombres.” Numerous studies have shown that “immigrants do not commit more crimes than native-born Americans”; indeed, as the undocumented immigrant population has tripled, violent crime has plunged 48 percent nationally. School crime is also down. These two alleged assailants are no more representative of all undocumented immigrants than the Border Patrol agent recently accused of sexually assaulting two Guatemalan sisters “is representative of all Border Patrol agents,” said Raul Reyes in CNN.com. And don’t forget that our hypocritical president has “his own lengthy history of sexual assault allegations.”
Nonetheless, there’s no denying that our immigration system is broken, said Gilbert Sewall in Spectator.org. Immigration officials have been “swamped” with cases after the surge of tens of thousands of Central American immigrants, and “removal proceedings are incurably backlogged.” As a result, at least one of the suspects, Sanchez- Milian, was still waiting for a deportation hearing when he allegedly committed his heinous crime. He shouldn’t have been in the country, yet he was—and a young girl paid the price.