The immigration status of a Mexican national with a violent criminal history is being questioned after the murder of another innocent young American woman.
This terrible crime might remind you of the death of another innocent young woman – Kate Steinle. On July 1, 2015, Steinle was shot in the back and killed by an illegal immigrant, who had been deported five times, and should never have been in this country. Steinle’s family petitioned Congress to pass “Kate’s Law” to enforce a mandatory prison sentences for deported felons who return to the U.S. Unfortunately, Congress likes repeat violent felons, who have been deported, so no Kate’s Law.
But Steinle isn’t this week’s latest murder victim.
This week’s victim was murdered in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. Her name was Tiffany Thrasher. Thrasher, 33, loved God and Sunday church services and singing and life. She also loved her favorite Chicago Cubs.
Tiffany Thrasher was found strangled to death on Easter Sunday morning in her apartment. She was scheduled to sing at Easter mass and when she failed to show up, members of Living Hope Church in Elk Grove Village became concerned and called police.
Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, a construction worker who lived next-door to the victim, has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault, and home invasion in the killing of Thrasher.
Predictably, Mejia-Maya, also known as Mario Mejia, has a long history of criminal violence. We’ve heard this story before.
Mejia already had an active warrant for his arrest on a failure to appear in a Utah court after a May 2016 arrest on cocaine charges. According to a Jacksonville police report, he is a citizen of Mexico and carries a green card. Green cards do not protect immigrants from deportation if the cardholder commits a serious enough crime.
According to the Daily Herald, Mejia was also arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after he stabbed a man in May 2012. Instead of pleading guilty to felony charges, which would have triggered the revocation of his green card, Meija plead guilty to reduced charges and spent 117 days in prison.
U.S. immigration officials are refusing to comment on Mejia’s current immigration status and whether he was in this country illegally on a revoked green card.
Like Kate’s Law, there isn’t a Tiffany’s Law either. Whether a crime is serious enough isn’t the issue. There isn’t a law that revokes the green cards of repeat criminal illegal alien offenders but there should be. Is that why criminals like Mejia slipped through the cracks?
Police believe Mejia entered Trasher’s apartment through an unlocked window and that the rape and murder of Thrasher was random.
Distraught, Tiffany’s Thrasher’s family has already begun moving her belongings out of her apartment. Her sister has set-up a Go Fund Me page to help with funeral expenses.
The page contains a statement from the family: “Our family is devastated by the additional details regarding this heinous act,” it said. “Words cannot express our pain and suffering.”
No word on Thrasher’s death yet from the queen of sanctuary cities – Mayor Rahm Emanuel. There’s a good reason why. All Emanuel is worried about is winning re-election as Mayor. To do that, he needs new voters in Chicago and quick. That’s why, earlier this year, Emanuel turned a $20 million property tax rebate program into a legal defense slush fund for undocumented aliens. He needs Chicago to be a Sanctuary City. He doesn’t need women like Tiffany Thrasher.
For Emanuel, all this is just politics. It’s not life or death.
Not like it was for young Tiffany Thrasher. The woman who loved God… and the Chicago Cubs.