Apr 26, 2006
President Bush accuses those of us who want to secure America's borders
and fully enforce our immigration laws of lacking "compassion."
Huh. Well, I have yet to hear an ounce of compassion from President
Bush for America's countless casualties of lax immigration enforcement.
Where's the sympathy for innocent, law-abiding citizens who have lost
their lives at the hands of illegal aliens and their open-borders
Nope, we haven't heard a word about the victims as the White House
pours on its unadulterated pro-illegal alien rhetoric and "undocumented
workers do the jobs Americans won't do" propaganda -- all in support of
a massive, ill-timed, bureaucratic nightmare-inducing amnesty plan that
will inevitably increase illegal immigration.
Last week, a notorious illegal alien serial killer who traipsed freely
across the U.S.-Mexican border during a 25-year, escalating crime spree
popped up in the news again. The case of Angel Resendiz, a convicted
death row murderer in President Bush's home state of Texas, is a timely
reminder of the deadly costs of our continued homeland security chaos.
Time and again, illegal alien day laborer Resendiz broke the law
getting into our country; broke more laws while in the country; and
then broke the law repeatedly and brazenly after being released,
deported and allowed to return. His most brutal acts included the
slayings of 12 people, ranging in age from 16 to 81, which ended in
1999 when Resendiz surrendered to a Texas Ranger in El Paso. For the
last seven years, Resendiz has been perched comfortably on Death Row --
eating chocolate cream pies, watching Spanish-language television,
whining about depression and selling locks of his hair on Internet
His execution, scheduled for May 10, has been delayed pending yet
another of his endless appeals claiming to be "insane."
As I recounted in my book "Invasion," Resendiz entered and exited our
country at will. From the time he was 14, he racked up arrests and
convictions ranging from trespassing, destruction of property,
burglary, aggravated battery and grand theft auto to carrying a loaded
firearm and false representation of U.S. citizenship. He had at least
25 encounters with U.S. law enforcement between August 1976 and August
1996, when he was arrested and released for trespassing in a Kentucky
During that period, he was convicted at least nine times on several
serious felony charges. He was deported to Mexico by the feds at least
three times and was "voluntarily returned" to Mexico at least four
times without formal proceedings. Throughout 1998, the Border Patrol
continued its blind catch-and-release policy -- apprehending Resendiz
seven times and letting him go on his own recognizance despite his
massive criminal record and three prior deportations. Shoddy
fingerprint databases, immigration paperwork negligence and unpoliced
borders led to:
-- The bludgeoning death of Florida teenager Jesse Howell and the rape
and strangulation murder of his fiance, Wendy Von Huben.
-- The bludgeoning death of University of Kentucky student Christopher
Maier and the rape and near-murder of his girlfriend, who survived the
-- The murder of Leafie Mason, an elderly Texas woman whom Resendiz
hammered to death with a fire iron.
-- The rape, stabbing and bludgeoning death of Baylor College of
Medicine researcher Claudia Benton.
-- The sledgehammer bludgeonings of Texas pastor Norman Sirnic and his
-- The bludgeoning death of Houston teacher Noemi Dominguez.
-- The murder of elderly Texas widow Josephine Konvicka, who was killed
with a grubbing hoe.
-- The murders of George Morber, shot in the head, and Carolyn
Frederick, clubbed to death.
The last four of Resendiz's victims were murdered after Resendiz had
been released by federal immigration officials -- even though there
were already warrants outstanding for his arrest.
Resendiz made a bloody mockery of our homeland security chaos. Congress
and the White House are now preparing to add grave insult to fatal
injury by refusing to fix the persistent problems that facilitated
Campaigning for amnesty this week, President Bush mouthed the
open-borders mantra against tough deportation policies and lectured
immigration enforcement advocates about their lack of sensitivity.
"I can understand it's emotional," he said, but "we're talking about
human beings, decent human beings that need to be treated with respect."
I don't think the victims of "undocumented worker" Angel Resendiz would