(by Adan Salazar, IW) -- Police in South Texas captured two illegal alien teens who they say were part of a burglary ring which targeted ranch homes in secluded areas looking mainly for firearms.
Strangely enough, pro-amnesty supporters did not assemble outside the Hidalgo County courthouse yesterday to plead for a path to citizenship for 17-year-old Julio Zapien Calderon or his 14-year-old accomplice.
The two teens, one of whom was arraigned on Saturday, each faced nine charges of theft, stemming from a dozen burglaries of ranch properties around the McCook, Texas, area, about 40 miles inland from the US-Mexico border.
In the past few weeks, ranchers had begun noticing an increase of break-ins occurring in the area. Thieves utilized bolt cutters to destroy locks and gain entry to ranch lands where they would scour through homes and hunters’ trailers and pilfer firearms.
One rancher told KRGV that bandits had broken into his and “numerous [other] properties with trailers and hunting camps looking for firearms. Other expensive items were left behind, but guns were taken.”
In addition to stealing “an undisclosed number of guns,” investigators say the teens also sought jewelry, televisions and cash.
After an investigation into the string of robberies, police finally nabbed Calderon and the other teen, who they suspect are part of a larger burglary ring.
During his arraignment Monday, Calderon admitted he had only been in the United States for about a month and a half, and that he was a Mexican national hailing from Guanajuato.
Police also say they suspect another 14-year-old is also involved, but they have yet to make further arrests.
In regards to the accused criminals’ $450,000 bonds, an Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputy thought the price tags fit their crimes, as they attempted to steal “dangerous” items.
“There is always a concern for the type of the crime and also for what’s being stolen, in this case with firearms being stolen, it makes the perpetrators much more dangerous,” he said.
The judge presiding over the case took a more lenient tact, and said she thought the two thieves were the “victims.”
“To me they are victims like those who cross the drugs across the river,” Judge Rosa Trevino told Valley Central.com.
However, Rio Grande Valley residents, whose lives are directly affected by the threat or criminal illegals, didn’t hold back.
“They leave their country for a better life?!!! Hard to believe when all they do is commit crimes and get themselves into trouble…,” said one person commenting on ValleyCentral.com’s version of the story.
“These are the illegals Obama is bringing over here. These are the dreamers. Where is LUPE now? They don’t want to defend these criminals?,” pointed out another person.
“Judge Trevino is an idiot apologist like LUPE. ‘They only came here to work.’ They were coerced by the money they would be paid for their stolen goods. Hang these idiots :P,” commented another, referring to the Judge’s remarks.
While the pro-establishment media has attempted to elicit sympathy from the American people for the flood of immigrants illegally bypassing the southern border, American citizens living in the destructive path of drug and human smugglers, murderers, rapists and thieving illegal aliens are way beyond mincing words.
Just last month we reported on the shooting of Border Patrol agent Javier Vega, Jr., after he died trying to defend his family from two illegal immigrants who were attempting to hijack his vehicle.
And back in July, we exposed how a local news station attempted to bury a report regarding the murder of a homeless man in Maryland at the hands of six illegal immigrant gang members by completely omitting key terms such as “illegal” or “undocumented” from their text report.
Indeed, many illegal border crossers have not come to the US in search of work or a better life or to escape violence as has been portrayed in the media. Instead some exploit the nation’s lax immigration enforcement in order to prey on innocent members of the public.