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6/1/2007

“Deport the Criminals First” — Part Three of an Ongoing Series: The Death of Four-Year-Old Angel Avendano

Filed under: Deport the Criminals First,General,Immigration — Patterico @ 12:05 am

["Deport the Criminals First" is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants -- with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country -- especially violent crimes.]

From the Las Vegas Sun, January 12, 2005:

A man was convicted Tuesday of being drunk and on drugs when he crashed his truck into a Las Vegas bus stop, killing a 4-year-old boy and hospitalizing the child’s mother.

It took a Clark County jury less than two hours to find Nicolas Serrano-Villagrana guilty of three counts of felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm and/or death for the May crash that killed Angel Avendano and left the boy’s 32-year-old mother, Eulogia Avendano, and a second woman, Nijailia Altitijka Graves, with injuries.

. . . .

Serrano-Villagrana’s attorney, Philip Singer, at trial conceded Serrano-Villagrana had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent — 2.5 times the legal limit in Nevada — and he had cocaine in his system at the time of the crash on Eastern Avenue near U.S. 95.

Serrano-Villagrana was an illegal alien with previous drunk-driving convictions. If federal authorities had followed my advice to “deport the criminals first,” Serrano-Villagrana would have been identified on one of these previous occasions, and would have been deported after serving his sentence.

And Angel Avendano would still be alive.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal asks the obvious question:

[Quote deleted. I will not quote thugs. -- P]

I can’t do better than the editors did at expressing outrage, so I’ll give them the final word:

[Quote deleted. I will not quote thugs. -- P]

13 Comments

  1. I just emailed you another, somewhat similar death-crash involving illegals in a van here in Tampa, FL.

    http://news.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBS43N1E2F.html

    In this case….an accident yesterday….an illegal driving a van full of illegals killed a 25 year old man. All 6 illegals are now in custody and the driver charged.

    The six had been in the USA for 7 months to near 7 years!

    Duke DeLand

    Comment by Duke DeLand (9034f7) — 6/1/2007 @ 5:15 am

  2. But will he be deported or will he get his Z Visa while serving time and become a legal resident? I’m curious.

    Comment by Buzzy (7417f4) — 6/1/2007 @ 5:53 am

  3. Here’s another 4 year old that was killed by an illegal immigrant, but this was on purpose:

    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6377808&nav=7k8J

    Comment by Chad (6ab0d2) — 6/1/2007 @ 6:09 am

  4. Heads on Pikes!

    We are not serious – just read the email from the Federal Air Marshall that Patterico posted. Management at these agencies are bureaucrats first and foremost. Thier goal is not to solve problems to to build a fiefdom and extend their power. Does anyone reading these posts really believe that the immigration will be solved by these agencies staffed headed and run by these type of individuals?

    Comment by Mitch (a549f7) — 6/1/2007 @ 9:20 am

  5. So then after we get rid of all the criminal illegals, what next? Do we then ignore those left who are “hard working” but who broke the law anyway? Do we give them amnesty? Do we ignore the damage we are doing to the very roots of our civilization by enforcing laws for some but not others deliberately?

    Finally no one has responded to what happens after we make all these current illegals, legal and they get more expensive to employ will we need another batch of illegals so that folks like Tyson Foods and Mohawk Fabric can ignore safety and workplace rules not to mention unemployment insurance?

    Or haven’t any of you raging free marketers gotten that far in your analysis of the situation? It almost enrages me to hear that Dumbass President I worked so hard for, describe Americans as not wanting to do jobs. Who does that pampered Rich boy think built America?

    Comment by Pierre (34de4e) — 6/1/2007 @ 10:53 am

  6. Did anybody MISS the ethnicity of littel Angel??? This is, as usual, NOT about anybody’s ethnicity. The liberal mind cannot grasp that one can be against crime without any reference to the ethic background of the criminal. But their entire world-view is all about race. That makes them utterly blind to all other considerations…alphie.

    Pierre: by definition, all illegal immigrants are criminals, in that they have violated the laws of this country (very often, a whole stew of them) in coming here. Moreover, a lot of those who work hard are also those very likely to be engaged in criminal activity as “recreation” (i.e., drunk driving, sex crimes, property crimes, etc.). Being hard-working does not take any of these folks out of the criminal equation, any more than it would for any other member of the race. There are a few, of course, whose very reason for being here is to commit crimes in a very fertile field. They should be hunted using every available law enforcement tool.

    What are you using for souces on your wild claims against Tyson and Mohawk?

    Who says that the net cost of labor will go up if we were to make the U.S. more expensive for illegals to access (i.e., harder to get into and stay in)?

    Comment by lawdawg (1f15ef) — 6/1/2007 @ 12:09 pm

  7. What are you using for souces on your wild claims against Tyson and Mohawk?

    Hmm…Not sure maybe this?

    Tyson Execs Charged in Smuggling Illegal Aliens Neato Link to story about Tyson foods innocence…hehe
    NewsMax.com Wires
    Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001
    WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tenn., has returned a 36-count indictment against executives and managers of Tyson Foods Inc. for conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens to its U.S. facilities for profit, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
    The company disputed the government’s allegations.

    Or maybe this…hmm?

    Two years ago tensions between immigrant and local workers at Mohawk Industries spilled into the courts in a case that could affect all companies employing some of the estimated 7 million illegal aliens working in the U.S. Four current and former Mohawk workers brought a class action against the company for allegedly conspiring to depress their wages by hiring illegal immigrants. Filed in federal court, the suit alleges that Mohawk, sometimes with help from local hiring agencies, knowingly accepted false documents, recruited illegals at the U.S.-Mexico border, and rehired undocumented workers under different names. “To the managers of Mohawk, the influx of illegals is a dream,” charges Bobby Lee Cook, a local lawyer representing the workers. “To others, it might be the apocalypse.”

    Not sure about your last sentence…are you addressing moi? Personally I don’t give a darn what the cost of labor does as long as the rule of law is re-established. It is no wonder that the Bush Administration has failed so miserably in its attempt to form a Democracy in Iraq. It does not understand that before anything resembling a liberal democracy can be established you must have respect for the rule of law. Well if the folks in the Bush administration including the top dog don’t understand the value of the rule of law then exactly how are they supposed to teach anyone else?

    Comment by Pierre (34de4e) — 6/1/2007 @ 2:56 pm

  8. Well…hmmm right back atcha…

    NATIONAL DESK
    National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Probation For Tyson Managers

    Two Tyson Foods managers, Spencer Mabe and Truley Ponder, are given year’s probation for conspiring to hire illegal immigrants at Shelbyville, Tenn, plant; cooperated with prosecutors investigating company, which was acquitted
    May 13, 2003 News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, PROBATION AND PAROLE, LABOR, PLEA BARGAINING, SENTENCES (CRIMINAL), POULTRY, PONDER, TRULEY, MABE, SPENCER, TENNESSEE, SHELBYVILLE (TENN)
    NATIONAL DESK
    Times Select Content Jury Clears Tyson Foods in Use of Illegal Immigrants
    By SHERRI DAY

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March 26 A federal jury acquitted Tyson Foods and three of its managers today of conspiring to bring illegal immigrants from Latin America to work in their poultry plants.
    March 27, 2003 U.S. News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, POULTRY
    NATIONAL DESK
    National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Dismissal Of Some Tyson Charges

    Federal District Judge R Allen Edgar dismisses most charges that Tyson Foods Inc smuggled immigrants to work in its Tennessee meat processing plant; reserves judgment on remaining 12 counts
    March 15, 2003 News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, LABOR, SUITS AND LITIGATION, MEAT, SMUGGLING, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, DECISIONS AND VERDICTS, EDGAR, R ALLEN, TENNESSEE
    METROPOLITAN DESK
    Corrections

    Correction of Feb 6 article on trial of Tyson Foods on charges of smuggling illegal immigrants, regarding date of another government complaint against company mentioned in article
    February 7, 2003 Corrections Correction
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, LABOR, CORRECTION STORIES, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, POULTRY, MEXICO
    NATIONAL DESK
    Times Select Content Prosecutors in Smuggling Case Against Tyson Contend Trial Is About ‘Corporate Greed’
    By SHERRI DAY

    The government presented its opening argument against Tyson Foods, accused of smuggling Mexicans into the United States to work in its chicken plants.
    February 6, 2003 U.S. News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, LABOR, WAGES AND SALARIES, SEARCH AND SEIZURE, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, FORFEITURE, POULTRY, MEXICO
    NATIONAL DESK
    National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Suicide In Tyson Foods Case

    Police say Jimmy Rowland, one of six former Tyson Foods managers charged with participating in immigrant smuggling scheme, has killed himself; Rowland, former manager of Tyson’s Shelbyville, Tenn, plant, was free on bond facing trial next Feb; photo
    April 20, 2002 News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, LABOR, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, SUICIDES AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, POULTRY, ROWLAND, JIMMY, SHELBYVILLE (TENN)
    NATIONAL DESK
    Times Select Content Under the Counter, Grocer Provided Workers
    By KEVIN SACK

    Amador Anchondo-Rascon of Shelbyville, Tenn, pleads guilty to acting as middle-man in what prosecutors call seven-year conspiracy to supply Tyson Foods chicken-processing plant in Shelbyville with more han 2,000 illegal workers from Mexico and to provide new arrivals with counterfeit work documents; Anchondo-Rascon’s story is familiar one to those who have studied enormous influx of Hispanics in recent years to small towns in South and Midwest; with serviceable English and regular contact with S…
    January 14, 2002 U.S. News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, LABOR, MEXICAN-AMERICANS, POULTRY, ANCHONDO-RASCON, AMADOR, TENNESSEE
    NATIONAL DESK
    National Briefing | South: Tennessee: Man Guilty Of Immigrant Smuggling

    Former employeee of Tyson Foods, Amador Anchondo-Rascon, pleads guilty in Tennessee to conspiracy, admitting he smuggled illegal immigrants into country to work for Tyson and provided them with fraudulent identification; six Tyson executives have been indicted on charges of conspiring to smuggle immigrants to work at company’s poultry processing plants
    January 8, 2002 News
    MORE ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES AND: ILLEGAL ALIENS, ANCHONDO-RASCON, AMADOR

    Four current and former Mohawk workers filed a RICO suit??? Well, that’s just dead-bang evidence of corporate badness! Puleeeezzzzz…!!!!

    You have to do follow-up, and not eat UPI stories at face value…even if they are aped on NewsMax.

    The point of the last sentence is this: I have not seen anything compelling that would support the thesis that LESS ILLEGALS = HIGHER NET COSTS FOR LABOR. Remember…you threw down the economic gauntlet with your attack on free-marketeers. Quite a few of us HAVE considered the implications of closing the borders and raising the cost of staying here for illegals. We find it quite a bargain.

    I TOTALLY agree on the idea of a return to the rule of law…but most Americans have no earthly idea how far from that we have strayed…or when.

    Comment by lawdawg (ed40a6) — 6/1/2007 @ 4:02 pm

  9. Wow… Excellent Story.

    Some of you posted some attention getting news articles there on how illegal aliens are contributing to the deaths of U.S. citizens. I’ve got some mroe related stories if you want to see them at: Illegal Alien News

    Again, excellent blog here! Keep up the good work!

    Dan

    Comment by Dan Howard (1f0f07) — 6/1/2007 @ 5:16 pm

  10. hehe..Lawdawg calm down I am on your side. I re-read my comment and I understand why you might think I am not. I gotta remember that each comment is read on its own…

    My point about free-marketers is many so-called free market types are advocating amnesty touting that we should not get in the way of the free flow of labor. Course I guess they just conveniently forget that it is not a free market since American Laws prohibit legal American workers from being able to compete since legal workers must be paid all sorts of mandated benefits and workplace laws must be followed since the legal workforce can and will report violations. Whereas the illegal workforce is inhibited by fear from reporting the sorts of shenanigans that companies like tyson use to lower costs. Not sure if its widely known but Tyson’s worksafety record plummeted after it discovered illegals.

    Not sure where we disagree about tyson foods. I think they are a bunch of criminals and apparently you don’t disagree.

    Comment by Pierre (34de4e) — 6/1/2007 @ 7:41 pm

  11. Pierre, I think Tyson…to parapharse POGO…”are us”. It is always too simplistic to call a corporation a “bunch of criminals”; they are a bunch of people, and, yes, sometimes people are criminals. Usually we are not. Corporations are just representative cross-sections of the human race. Occasionally, they really do have a pathological culture (as in ENRON). But my experience is that is very rare.

    But on the points of agreement between us, this nation…to be a nation…has to effectively limit who comes here, and it has to effectively control who is allowed to stay here. It is remarkable that we seem to have arrived at a point where that is even considered debatable. It is worth noting that Mexico suffers no such national confusion.

    Comment by lawdawg (1cd82f) — 6/2/2007 @ 3:48 am

  12. I find the whole logic behind the amnesty thing specious. People claim that businesses want amnesty so that they can have a huge pool of cheap labor, but they miss one thing, what makes the labor cheap is the fact that they ARE ILLEGAL. They can get away with not paying workman’s comp or decent wages or insurance or withholding taxes etc. but the minute they become legal, all of those economic advantages disappear. So explain again why businesses would want amnesty? Please, because I’m just not seeing it. How does the passage of this abortion of an immigration bill help business?

    Comment by Rorschach (1bf7ba) — 6/4/2007 @ 2:00 pm

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