This Day In History, 2016: Immigrant Mass Murder Update: Honduran Illegal Burns FIVE Americans Alive In Fire. Why Wasn't He Deported?
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Originally published on this day in 2016. Johnny Josue Sanchez was sentenced to life in 2019, being identified in news reports as "man," "transient," "homeless man," and a number of other tropes none of which would tell the reader that he was an illegal immigrant.

JoeMiller.US has a story on Immigrant Mass Murder. Many Immigrant Mass Murders could have been prevented by either a deportation program or an immigration moratorium. (You're no less dead if you're murdered by a legal immigrant.)

This could have been prevented by the Obama Administration just not letting the alleged killer go:

Illegal Alien With A Violent History Charged With Killing 5. Now a GOP Senator Is Asking Questions

The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking further answers from the Obama administration about why an illegal immigrant charged with murdering five homeless people in a Los Angeles arson fire this summer was not previously deported.

Here's a picture of the aftermath:


Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Wednesday wrote a letter to Sarah Saldana, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, asking follow-up questions related to the government’s response to a previous inquiry by the senator into how Johnny Josue Sanchez of Honduras, the suspect, was able to stay in the country despite having a violent history.

“Specifically, [Grassley] is asking whether Sanchez was not considered a priority under the Obama administration’s Priority Enforcement Program and whether federal authorities were blocked by local sanctuary policies that prevent cooperation with federal immigration officials,” the letter states.

Sanchez was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on June 13 for five counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly set fire to a vacant building where five homeless people were squatting, including four individuals from Iowa.

The LA Times had a report on this mass murder in June. It mentions the fact that he was a deportable illegal immigrant, but manages to not only avoid the term "illegal immigrant," but the term "immigrant" at all. Sanchez is a "Honduran citizen."

Suspect in fire that killed 5 was here illegally, fought with another transient before slayings

By Gale Holland and Richard Winton

June 17, 2016

A Honduran citizen charged with murdering five homeless people in an arson fire was in the United States illegally and had been arrested three times in the months before the blaze in a vacant Westlake building where transients were squatting, officials said Friday.

Johnny Josue Sanchez, 21, started the fire to avenge a beating he took in a dispute over occupying a room in the building, a law enforcement source said.

Sanchez was among a group of people arrested by border patrol agents in 2012 for illegally entering the country at the southeastern California border, officials said. He was released a week later after agents determined that he had no previous immigration violations or criminal history, officials said.

Sanchez was placed under supervision and ordered to report regularly to immigration authorities, though for “unknown reasons” deportation proceedings were never begun, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice. [More]

More from Joe Miller on Grassley and Goodlatte trying to find out what's going on:

Shortly after the incident, on June 27, Grassley and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Jeh Johnson, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, to learn more about Sanchez, who, according to media reports, had been arrested three times in the months before the fire.


Sanchez [had been] placed under supervision and ordered to report regularly to immigration authorities, but he stopped reporting in August 2014.

But in January of this year, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Sanchez on suspicion of domestic violence. He was arrested again in May and June on suspicion of drug possession. His most recent arrest was less than a week before he allegedly set fire to the Los Angeles building. He was released the next day.

According to the Times, the Los Angeles Police Department does not honor immigration requests from the federal government to be notified of a person’s release from jail unless a warrant is issued or a judge has vetted the request.

In Los Angeles, illegal immigration is treated as if it were a civil right.  The alleged killer was also alleged (by himself) to be an "unaccompanied minor" and was originally placed in a juvenile facility but DHS checked with the Honduran Consulate and found that he'd been lying about his birth date. So they transferred him out of the juvenile facility—and released him into American society, where he (allegedly) killed five people.


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