Immigration status of Mesa man tied to girl found duct-taped in a closet

The lowlife who Mesa police say kidnapped and reportedly sold a 3-year-old girl for sex deserves to burn in hell for eternity.

No one in his or right mind would dare defend Francisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias, the man arrested in Mesa this week on suspicion of kidnapping, abuse and sex-trafficking charges.

By now, you know the most horrific details. Police say the child was found suffering from malnutrition, genital blistering and rash, and multiple scratches and bruises.

That’s horrific and nauseating.

Read it on azcentral.com

We’re hearing details about Rios-Covarrubias, most notably that he came to the country illegally. An official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to azcentral.com there is a detainer on Rios-Covarrubias, though the official didn’t not confirm why.

Another media outlet reported Thursday morningthat the suspect got legal status under Obama’s DACA program, the White House executive order that allows immigrants brought as children to stay in the country.

What does that have to do with his horrific crime? What do we gain by talking about his immigration status and indirectly blaming Obama for the child’s abuse?

The argument goes something like this: If Obama had not signed the DACA Executive Order, Rios-Covarrubias would have potentially been deported and the child would have not been abused.

Really?

So, if Rios-Covarrubias was a good kid who gained legal status through DACA and became a meth addict, would we be blaming Obama for it? Would we – in the media – be rushing to tell the world that he used to be an illegal immigrant?

We do it all the time. We blame undocumented immigrants for everything. We imply that they commit horrific crimes because they’re here illegally.

No. Bad people are just bad. And we don’t want bad people anywhere. I don’t want them in my country, my city and my neighborhood, regardless of legal status or their race.

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