One Year After Tragic Shooting, Federal and City Governments Continue Protecting Illegal Aliens

ICE.XCheckII.3cops1arrestOne year ago Sunday an illegal immigrant went on a shooting rampage in Houston that killed two, and hurt several more. Today, the Federal government and the city of Houston still refuse to release most of the information on the killer, Victor Reyes, who was deported four times between 2003 and 2010, and holds an extensive criminal record reaching back to 2002. The Feds claim the 1974 U.S. Privacy Act, which protects American citizens from having the government unfairly harvest and use their personal data, should also extend to illegal aliens under federal investigation.

The government did the right thing several times by sentencing and deporting Reyes, but the laughable excuse for border security, combined with quite lenient sentences, allowed this dangerous criminal to re-enter the states numerous times and eventually kill two innocent people.

Just last week Heyward Carter, Harris County Assistant District Attorney, was allowed to speak publicly about limited details concerning the case for the first time, according to South Texas’s CBS channel 4:

He revealed that Reyes was “extremely intoxicated” and had a “significant amount of cocaine” in his system. He also identified the weapon, a .380 caliber pistol that he said was legally purchased at one point, but authorities haven’t determined how a convicted felon and undocumented immigrant, barred from buying or possessing firearms, obtained it.

The CBS affiliate also detailed the City of Houston and Federal Government’s reasoning behind censoring information related to this case:

The Houston Police Department, using its own discretion under the Public Information Act, blocked release of all but a few details on the Golvach and Weston shootings. The department cited a provision allowing it to withhold criminal records absent a final disposition, such as a conviction or deferred adjudication. Since Reyes is dead and the city’s case is otherwise closed, that means Houston police likely can withhold the information indefinitely.

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The federal government holds onto its files with a tight grip, too, citing the 1974 U.S. Privacy Act. The act covers only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decreed that its protections apply to federal immigration detention records, even those related to undocumented immigrants convicted of horrific crimes.

There are two tragic things we can take away from cases like this. We learn that young, innocent Americans are at risk of assault and murder thanks to the United States’ lack of security on our southern border. They also make it quite clear the current administration intends to do all it can to censor the risk that criminal illegal aliens pose in order to continue pushing false narratives instead of being honest about the realities that an unchecked immigration system poses.

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Comments

  1. That’s what our Government has come too. Screw the white Americans and take care of all the people who come under the Affirmative Action bill, which chooses one race above another. Our Government takes care of Illegals and Legal Aliens first and never thinks of we the people as anything but fools who work and pay taxes to support all the Government give away programs. Illegals can commit any crime they want and the Government, run by our Dictator Obama and his Anti America Regime with the help of bought all Republican and all Demo-rats give Obama a free hand to do what ever he wants. And to protect Illegal Mexcinas and other Hispanics and Muslims, our Senators and Congressmen pass laws that will protect these people from the law and we become the victims of there crimes and pay the price, while the perpetrators walk away free with government money in their pockets and a pat on the back.
    By the way Affirmative Action goes against the Constitution of the United States of America, because you cannot not choose one Race over another Race who get special treatment and laws are different for them then they are for the whole nation.

  2. avatar BDA says:

    Spencer Raley,
    Are you certain about the number of
    deportations..?..or are you confusing the V.R. process with a deportation. The two procedures are completely different. As a blogger who writes on immigration issues, you need to learn the difference….as a journalist, you should ALREADY KKNOW the difference.

  3. avatar Leland says:

    Nothing surprising. When someone is using your SS number, the government refuses to allow you to inquire as to who is using it, even when you can prove you had it long before the other person, or persons. This has caused major headaches for some people when it comes to applying for loans, credit, or a passport. Obviously when two or more people are using a number only one is legitimate. The government knows who these people are and the innocent Americans lose out. Government of the illegals and for the illegals.

  4. They Refuse to Give Us Information on an IA Crime?

    IAs are perfect little angels, they do no wrong allege open border liars.