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Sanctuary City Protects Illegal Immigrant Murderer

Sanctuary City Protects Illegal Immigrant Murderer

JULY 21, 2008

A notorious sanctuary city’s longtime practice of protecting illegal immigrant felons from deportation allowed a repeat offender to brutally murder a father and his two sons on that city’s streets.

For decades San Francisco authorities have shielded juvenile illegal immigrants—even those guilty of committing violent crimes—from deportation, spending millions of taxpayer dollars to either escort them back to their home country or house them in unsecured group homes that they easily escape from.

One of those protected juvenile offenders grew up to be a murderer and local authorities stood by as his crimes got more serious over the years. Now a member of a renowned violent street gang, the 21-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador was convicted of two felonies as a juvenile (a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman) yet he was allowed to remain in the country.

Last month, the illegal immigrant with the lengthy rap sheet gunned down a local man and his two sons simply because the man’s car briefly blocked his from completing a left turn down a narrow street. The family was driving home from a picnic.

Not long before the heinous killings the gang banger (Edwin Ramos) had been arrested for having illegally tinted windows in his car and no front license plate. A fellow gang member in the car tried to discard a gun that had been used in a double killing but prosecutors declined to file charges against Ramos, supposedly for lack of evidence.

The law enforcement agency that arrested Ramos a few months ago, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, claims that his immigration status was checked on a national database and that federal officials were notified because he was considered deportable. According to a sheriff spokesperson, Immigration and Customs Enforcement specifically told the department that they would not detain Ramos so they had to release him.


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