Dani Countryman, a 15 year old girl from Kaufman Texas, was brutally murdered by two illegal immigrants at a Milwaukie apartment complex in Oregon. Story via NWCN, with a video from the family speaking out.
Two suspects charged with aggravated murder in the killing of a Texas teen admitted they came to the United States illegally.
Police said 15-year-old Dani Countryman was trying to fight off Alejandro Rivera Gamboa and his cousin, 23-year-old cousin Gilberto Javier Rivera Gamboa when they strangled her at a Milwaukie apartment in late July.
Alejandro was taken into custody last Saturday on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated probation violation involving drunk driving. The murder charges were later added.
Gilberto Javier Rivera Gamboa was arrested Monday on aggravated murder charges at the Balboa apartment complex where he lives just a few doors from where Countryman was discovered.
The two also faced an immigration hearing after the murder investigation was complete. According to immigration officials, both of the suspects admitted to entering the country illegally six months ago.
Court records showed Alejandro admitted to stepping on the girl and holding her down and that the two tried to sexually assault her. more…
As if all that news wasn’t bad enough, Oregon Live has more details of this horrific crime.
As 15-year-old Dani Countryman struggled beneath Gilberto Arellano Gamboa, pinned to the floor with her pants down, he called on his cousin to help subdue the girl. Alejandro Rivera Gamboa responded by stepping on Countryman’s throat until she stopped moving.
That’s how investigators described Countryman’s death in a court document released Tuesday. Evidence outlined in the document included statements by the defendants and a bloody shoe that matched an imprint on Countryman’s chest.
Between the show imprint on Dani Countryman’s chest and DNA evidence recovered from her body, police were able to determine her attackers. The criminal case will take precedence over the immigration case but, even after the criminal case concludes, there is not guarantee that they would be deported.
Dani Countryman’s family, for obvious reasons, is devastated.
“You read about this stuff in the newspaper or see it on T.V., but you never really think it’s going to happen to someone you love,” said Carla Cullum, Countryman’s aunt who lives in Denton.
For Wright, who has stood by her granddaughter through what she admits has been a “tough year,” Countryman’s final moments haunt her.
“She was such a breath of fresh air. She was so full of life. The last year of her life had been a pretty difficult one, especially once we learned I had cancer. My cancer threw her into a tailspin, but she was turning things around and getting things back together. The last three months with her have been just pure heaven,” Wright said. “The one thing I could never stand was seeing Dani terrified or scared. And that’s what horrifies me the most. To know that her last thoughts were ones of terror, my heart just can’t handle it.”
While the shock of the tragedy still lingers, Wright has stayed in constant contact with Oregon law enforcement, keeping abreast of the latest developments in the case.
“They told me today that a woman has come forward who said she awoke early Saturday morning to the sound of voices in the parking lot,” Wright said. “She witnessed two men speaking in Spanish and dragging a body into the apartment.” more…
For an even bigger slap in the face, this is guard troops are being pulled off the Southern border security detail, with which they have been helping, a year early. Via the Washington Post.
National Guard troops assigned to help increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border are being pulled off the line a year earlier than promised, and some state and federal officials are not happy about it.
“The drawdown of Operation Jump Start’s strength level is ill-timed and should be halted and re-examined,” Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter last week to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
“Arizona remains a problematic border in the Southwest region, and the long-planned drawdown in personnel and patrol is premature,” she said.
Miss Napolitano said President Bush’s deployment of the Guard troops in her state had “made real progress” in cutting the number of people sneaking illegally into the country, and noted that the Border Patrol is not yet up to the manpower totals promised by the presidentially mandated program.
The reductions, which began July 1 and will be completed by Sept. 1, will result in a cut of Guard troops in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas from 6,000 to 3,000 — half of that promised by Mr. Bush in 2006.
In Arizona, the nation’s most popular alien- and drug-smuggling corridor, the number of troops will be cut from 2,400 to 1,200.
Mr. Bush ordered the National Guard troops’ deployment while the Border Patrol recruited, hired, trained and assigned 6,000 new agents, a recruitment goal the agency expected to reach by the end of 2008. more…
One of these aliens, as you read above, was picked up on a parole violation and, then, the other charges were added, after he was caught on that.
Now, even with this tragedy having taken place, the Bush Administration tries “setting the record straight (translated as spinning their yarn) to counter the Washington Post article outlining the administration’s plans to reduce our already dismal border security, yet again.
Because of the deterrence of our enhanced security measures, apprehensions are down 24 percent along the Southwest border compared to the same period during the previous fiscal year. The number of other-than-Mexican alien apprehensions is down 48 percent. This is a result of the success of Operation Jump Start as well as implementing catch and return, increased worksite enforcement, and continued prosecutions of smugglers and criminals who try enter the country illegally.
So, now that we have finally started making a little headway on the Southern border, the Bush administration is ready to cut-and-run. Think of the irony and the hypocrisy!
The administration condemns folks disagreeing with them on Iraq and the War on Terror of trying to do the same thing and right so. But, this is a surrender of our sovereignty and safety at home that we are talking about at home now.
Via Politico, we find out that the Bush Administration has something they call a plan.
The Bush administration on Friday will announce plans to enlist state and local law enforcement in cracking down on illegal immigrants, which previously was largely a federal function, according to congressional sources.
The administration is unveiling a series of tough border control and employer enforcement measures designed to make up for security provisions that failed when Congress rejected a broad rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws in June. The plans are scheduled to be announced at 10:30 a.m. by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.
Details were provided to Capitol Hill on Thursday. As part of the new measures, the secretary of Homeland Security will deliver regular “State of the Border” reports beginning this fall.
In one of the most interesting revelations, the plans call for the administration to “train growing numbers of state and local law enforcement officers to identify and detain immigration offenders whom they encounter in the course of daily law enforcement,” according to a summary provided to The Politico by a congressional source.
“By this fall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have quintupled the number of enforcement teams devoted to removing fugitive aliens (from 15 to 75 in less than three years),” the summary says.
The announcement is aimed at restoring President Bush’s credibility with conservatives who were dismayed that he pushed so hard for broad immigration reform, including a guest worker program for people now here illegally, before the border was more secure. more…
Can you say “a day late and a dollar short?” Actually, we may need to say years too late and billions of dollars short. “Credibility” be damned. I think he has shot that all to hell and back, as far as this conservative is concerned. But, he might be able to not go down in history as the president that finished giving away our sovereignty.
On top of all this, the president threatened a veto of the $3 billion approved by Congress for beef up our border security, as Liberty Post reminds us.
What is the deal with the White House and its co-horts? They talk about keeping American’s safe and then do things quite to the contrary. We are seeing more an more horrendous crimes committed by illegal aliens, not all of whom are of Hispanic descent. Yet, Washington continues to leave our borders porous, at best.
Look, Mr. President, “you’re either with us (The American people) or you against us.” Which is it?
How many more innocent people have to suffer and/or die, before you get it right?
Really! I try to see it from Washington’s point of view but I can’t get my head that far up my posterior.
Once the Bush administration, and Washington in general, can overcome their inferior vantage point of looking at the problem with the borders and illegal aliens, already here and currently trying to sneak in here, they might be able to solve the problem. Until then, things look dark. All pun intended there.
In the meantime, we get more and more empty promises of how they are going to crack down on illegal immigration from the White House.
The Bush administration plans to step up immigration enforcement by raising fines on employers who hire undocumented workers, overhauling temporary worker programs and speeding up deployment of border agents, according to a summary of the plans.
Some of the initiatives are similar to proposals contained in recent immigration legislation, although they are not nearly as sweeping as the bill that failed to pass the Senate. Other measures are already under way. more…
As far as this conservative is concerned, I have given up hope on the Bush administration getting it fixed. I am looking for a candidate in 2008 that might finally do something to protect us, if the current administration doesn’t just go ahead and concede some of our Southwestern states to Vincente Fox and friends for Mexico. I had thought Fred Thompson, if he ever announced, would be the man to turn our border problems around. But, my mind has been changing, as of late, that he could/would walk-the-walk. Now, the forecast looks bleak.