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Story originally published on Judicial Watch on Jan. 16, 2019

Three illegal immigrant public high school students who recently attacked and stabbed a classmate in New York were “previously confirmed as MS-13 gang members” by local police, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Two of them had been detained by federal authorities and released by a judge. Days before they attacked a fellow student, a mainstream newspaper targeted their high school for helping deport an illegal alien suspected of belonging to the same violent street gang. Conveniently, the newspaper failed to report the violent stabbing after blasting the school for removing a suspected gang member just days earlier. The hit piece criticized the Trump administration’s MS-13 crackdown for destroying the “American dreams of immigrant teenagers around the country.” To support this idea, the story prominently featured a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras attending the same Long Island public school, Huntington High, that counts the MS-13 perpetrators among its students.

The Honduran illegal alien, described as a “shy teenager” named Alex in the lengthy article, got deported after a school resource officer reported that the student may have gang ties. This caused a ruckus among community leaders and school officials, who support open borders and oppose a collaboration between local and federal law enforcement when it comes to immigration matters. Now the school district is reviewing its relationship with the Suffolk County Police Department, according to a local news report, and community leaders are demanding that illegal immigrants be protected. At a heated school board meeting on the eve of the stabbing, community leaders demanded that campus resource officers not cooperate with the feds. One woman proclaimed that there should be no “school-to-deportation pipeline.” Another insisted that the deported Honduran man be united with his family in the U.S.

Less than 24 hours later three “known MS-13 gang members” also Huntington High students, attacked and stabbed a 16-year-old classmate behind a Long Island fast-food eatery after school. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office identifies the defendants as Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, Oscar Canales Molina, 17, and Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20. They have been charged with second-degree assault and authorities confirm they, not only entered the country illegally, but also appear on a police database of gang members. “All three defendants were previously confirmed as MS-13 gang members by the Suffolk County Police Department,” the Suffolk County District Attorney confirms. Arevalo Lopez was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in late 2017 and released by a federal judge less than a year later, according to county prosecutors. Canales Molina was also released by a federal judge after being detained in mid-2017.

As newsworthy—and disturbing—as this may seem, the mainstream newspaper that condemned the deportation of a suspected gang member from the same public high school has been noticeably silent. A conglomerate of local newspapers has taken the lead by publishing a hard-hitting piece slamming community leaders and school officials that choose to protect violent illegal immigrants over students. It points out that the MS-13 attackers are not kids, but adult men and all three are so-called dreamers. “The police and the high school need to protect our children,” the piece states. “Can you imagine sending your 14-year old freshman to a school with adult men 20-year old gang members? Even after the school identifies the adult men as members of a murder gang? Something is seriously broken here. We need a zero tolerance policy and to expel and—if illegal deport—anyone involved with MS-13. The high school and the police have a lot of explaining to do.”

Author: Judicial Watch

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