Two young Latino immigrants, at least one of them undocumented, were charged with rape against a minor in Maryland. The White House spokesman uses it as an example to justify President Trump’s tough hand against illegal immigration.
A suspected rape case in Maryland, where an undocumented youth is charged with the crime, became the national debate on illegal immigration on Tuesday. The White House used the fact to justify President Trump ‘s immigration policy.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the crime “traumatic, disturbing and hideous.” “I think part of the reason the president has given so much importance to illegal immigration and its fight is for tragedies like this, ” he told reporters in response to a local reporter’s question.
Spicer was referring to an alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl last Thursday in a bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland. The day after, Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were charged with the crime.
The case took on a national dimension, especially in media such as Fox News, when officials reported that at least one of the two students accused of having raped the child entered the United States illegally.
According to the immigration authorities, it is Henry Sanchez, a Guatemalan. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew Bourke said in a statement that a Border Patrol agent found Sanchez in Texas in August. The young man was ordered to appear before an immigration judge, but that appearance has not been scheduled. ICE has requested an arrest warrant against Sánchez.
According to court records, the other young man, Montano was born in El Salvador, where he lived for 16 years. ICE officials did not talk about Montano’s immigration status because he is a minor.
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Jack Smith, a superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County, testified against the importance given to the immigration status of the accused students.
“Some are trying to make this an immigration issue,” Smith told a news conference on Tuesday. “We would like to change the conversation.”
In addition to expressing horror at the crime and repeatedly assuring parents that their children are safe at school, Smith said, “We serve every student who enters. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the law.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said on WBAL that the crime represents “the worst possible scenario.”