Photographs of three dead youngsters are held after a funeral in Newark.

Mark Steyn: Speaking of sanctuary, where’s ours?
OC Register
August 18, 2007

At the funeral of Iofemi Hightower, her classmate Mecca Ali wore a T-shirt with the slogan: “Tell Me Why They Had To Die.”

“They” are Miss Hightower, Dashon Harvey and Terrance Aeriel, three young citizens of Newark, New Jersey, lined up against a schoolyard wall, forced to kneel and then shot in the head.

Miss Ali poses an interesting question. No one can say why they “had” to die, but it ought to be possible to advance theories as to what factors make violent death in Newark a more-likely proposition than it should be. That’s usually what happens when lurid cases make national headlines: When Matthew Shepard was beaten and hung on a fence in Wyoming, Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times that it was merely the latest stage in a “war” against homosexuals loosed by the forces of intolerance. Mr. Shepard’s murder was dramatized in plays and movies and innumerable songs by Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Peter, Paul and Mary, etc. The fact that this vile crucifixion was a grisly one-off and that American gays have never been less at risk from getting bashed did not deter pundits and politicians and lobby groups galore from arguing that this freak case demonstrated the need for special legislation.

By contrast, there’s been a succession of prominent stories with one common feature that the very same pundits, politicians and lobby groups have a curious reluctance to go anywhere near. In a New York Times report headlined “Sorrow And Anger As Newark Buries Slain Youth,” the limpidly tasteful Times prose prioritized “sorrow” over “anger,” and offered only the following reference to the perpetrators: “The authorities have said robbery appeared to be the motive. Three suspects ? two 15-year-olds and a 28-year-old construction worker from Peru ? have been arrested.”

So, this Peruvian guy was here on a green card? Or did he apply for a temporary construction-work visa from the U.S. Embassy in Lima?

Not exactly. Jose Carranza is an “undocumented” immigrant. His criminal career did not begin with the triple murder he’s alleged to have committed, nor with the barroom assault from earlier this year, nor with the 31 counts of aggravated sexual assault relating to the rape of a 5-year-old child, for which Mr. Carranza had been released on bail. (His $50,000 bail on the assault charge and $150,000 bail on the child-rape charges have now been revoked.) No, Mr. Carranza’s criminal career in the United States began when he decided to live in this country unlawfully.

Jose Carranza isn’t exactly a member of an exclusive club. Violent crime committed by fine upstanding members of the Undocumented-American community is now a routine feature of American life. But who cares? In 2002, as the “Washington Sniper” piled up his body count, “experts” lined up to tell the media that he was most likely an “angry white male,” a “macho hunter” or an “icy loner.” When the icy loner turned out to be a black Muslim named Muhammad accompanied by an illegal immigrant from Jamaica, the only angry white males around were the lads in America’s newsrooms who were noticeably reluctant to abandon their thesis: Early editions of the New York Times speculated that Muhammad and John Lee Malvo were being sought for “possible ties to ’skinhead militia’ groups,” which seemed a somewhat improbable alliance given the size of Mr. Muhammad’s hair in the only available mug shot. As for his illegal sidekick, Malvo was detained and released by the INS in breach of their own procedures…….

“Tell Me Why They Had To Die”? Hard to answer. But tell me why, no matter how many Jose Carranzas it spawns, the nationwide undocumented-immigration protection program erected by this country’s political class remains untouchable and ever-expanding.


Mark Steyn Shows Officials, Media in Denial About Newark Murders
News Busters
August 19, 2007

As usual, Mark Steyn’s Sunday column in the Orange County Register is a read-the-whole-thinger.

Steyn takes on the lunacy of sanctuary cities, media-report tiptoeing, and the apparently hopelessly-in-denial political elites:

Newark mayor Cory Booker, who appeared to show some promise when first elected, has chosen denial (with an interesting wiggle in bold), as shown at this excerpt near the end of a Newsweek interview, and won’t budge on continuing to allow his city to be a safe haven for illegals:

NEWSWEEK: Some argue the police have downplayed a gang connection, despite finding symbols of MS-13, one of the most dangerous Latino gangs in the country, on the MySpace profile of at least one of the suspects. And this was an execution-style shooting. Even if these young men were only wannabe gang members, isn?t that a worrying sign for your community?

BOOKER: I think the police have been very candid with people that there is no obvious gang affiliation or ties here. The number of MS-13?s gang members we even know about in the city, unlike the Bloods, Crips or Latin Kings, is very, very small, so it?s very likely, though we don?t know yet, that this was just a wannabe.

How “obvious” does it have to get (the New York Post article linked was written SIX days ago; HT Michelle Malkin; Malkin update here)? As has been the case so often in the past, if the neighbors had told reporters “they were such nice, quiet boys; we can’t imagine how they could do those things,” those assessments would likely have been spread far and wide throughout the country. Newark’s police chief has also joined the crumbling charade in denying gang involvement, also saying that the immigration status of the suspects is “irrelevant.”

All the puff pieces in the world (the linked Associated Press article has none of the following words: illegal, alien, immigrant, undocumented, sanctuary, or MS-13) won’t turn around Newark, or fill in the country’s still-gaping homeland security holes. Respect for and aggressive enforcement of laws already on the books will.

4 Responses to “Mark Steyn: Speaking Of Sanctuary, Where's Ours?”

  1. 1 Davey in Seattle

    Tancredo is there telling the family to sue the city. I think the family should because, they have a right to! It is the city who let them down by not doing their jobs as public servants. This might spark a fight too!

    The protest in Canada was a big one and there will be many more. I think the riots will start soon. Are you people ready for a free for all?

    Viva La Revolution!

  2. 2 allamerican




  3. 3 cthelight

    This story makes me crazy. Where are the black
    leaders, even a black actor/actress? They are
    always ready to step up and say something if a
    crime has been committed against another black.
    I just do not understand. This is a horrible
    story. More than horrible. The black community
    was ready to hang those 3 Lacross players for
    an accusation of rape BUT NOT 3 students shot
    execution style? And these kids sounded like
    really great leaders for their community. These
    kids are DEAD and executed for NO reason. Where oh
    where is Martin Luther King when you need him?

    This country has had this dam racial rights thing
    perpetrated for years…this should be the time
    for black and white to work together.

  4. 4 Vincent Narodnik

    At some point, cant we just please admit that some folk just dont get along?
    Cant we just accept the fact that, even if there is no ‘rational’ basis for our antipathies, that those antipathies are real and need to be respected? just as tornadoes and faultlines are respected?
    If we could, could we then summon the courage to admit that the way of peace is NOT forced association among unwilling persons who by their nature do not like each other?
    How radical an idea is that?

    Heraklitos was wrong.
    Hegel was wrong.
    “conflict” is NOT the driving force of life on earth.
    “Syntheses” is not NECESSARILY an inevitable result of forcing disparate elements into collision
    History cannot be driven as though it were a train riding the tracks of these false beliefs.

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