The huge illegal immigration news of the week was out in Iowa, where a 24-year-old Mexican man was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Mollie Tibbetts, a young undergraduate who had been missing for more than a month. But while the Tibbetts case got all the headlines (well, other than in the mainstream media, where no one can talk about anything other than Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen), there was an equally important development up in New York. That was where Josue Portillo plead guilty to participating in the brutal massacre of four individuals on Long Island last April.
Portillo was 16 at the time of the murders, but his heinous actions combined with the fact that he is a member of the vicious MS-13 gang led prosecutors to charge him as an adult. As such, he could be facing a life sentence for his role in the murders of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez Banegas, Jefferson Villalobos and Jorge Tigre.
The case drew national attention when President Trump mentioned it at a New York rally in May. Long Island remains the American home for MS-13 gang activity, and Trump has been pushing his Justice Department to eradicate this menace from the face of the country. At the rally, where Trump urged Congress to take action on immigration, three of the victims’ families joined him in solidarity.
In a statement following Portillo’s plea, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue pledged to keep up the fight against these dangerous thugs, whose motto is “kill, rape, control.”
“The Eastern District, together with our partners on the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, will never tire nor relent in our efforts to dismantle MS-13 and bring to justice their members who have no respect for human life,” Donoghue said.
Both the Portillo case and the Tibbetts murder demonstrate in bloody clarity why it is so essential that we keep Trump and the Republican Party in power in Washington. No, Republicans are not fighting as hard for Trump’s immigration agenda as we wish they were, but they are a damn sight better than Democrats, who want to turn America into Mexico North. It remains to be seen whether we will actually ever have that “big, beautiful wall” across the southern border, but as long as ICE is rounding up illegals, the Border Patrol is detaining them, and immigration judges are sending them back, we’re in a lot better position than we would be otherwise.