January 15, 2018

Laura Ingraham Uniquely Details Deportations, Criminal Records of Denver Drug Bust Suspects

On Friday’s Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham again devoted much of her program to illegal immigration and the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) program. In the process, she detailed the prior arrest and immigration records of five of the six men who are hardly children who were arrested last week in Colorado for running a heroin distribution ring. She indicated that no other media outlet had even asked authorities about these details until her program did.

On Thursday, Ingraham was the first to tell the nation that most of these men are in the U.S. illegally, something the Denver Post and two other Denver news outlets failed to do in their reporting on the arrests.

After more digging, Ingraham was able to provide viewers more appalling details about five of the six men, some of whom would appear to have been eligible for DACA amnesty before their arrests under certain proposals being considered in Washington:

Transcript (bolds are mine):

LAURA INGRAHAM: Guys, don’t go anywhere though. We have a shocking update on the legal status of the men running hey Denver heroin ring — the story you will only catch on this show. No other network is covering it. My question is why. Up next.

(returning from break)

(October 2016 clip of Donald Trump)

DONALD TRUMP: We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out.

(return to studio)

INGRAHAM: Well it turns out the president was right. We do have an important update to a story we brought you last night. A lot of bad hombres.

About a busted heroin ring in Denver, Colorado. We were the only show to bring you this last night. And tonight we are the only show bringing you the exclusive update from Immigration and Customs Enforcement about these creeps:

  • First, the alleged ringleader, Fermin Flore-Rosales, from Mexico, has been previously deported multiple times, and now is illegally present back in the United States.
  • And there’s Mario Acosta-Ruiz from Mexico, also illegally in the United States.
  • Another lovely, Cristobal Flores-Rosales of Mexico, was already deported previously, but somehow, oh, he’s back here selling heroin.
  • And yet another, Yoel Soto-Campos, another sweetheart from Mexico, has been previously deported multiple times.
  • And finally, the pies de resistance, Joel Torres-Espinoza from Mexico, has again been previously been deported on a number of occasions, and get this, was actually convicted in 2012 in Utah for felony possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

(Ingraham did not comment on the sixth man arrested, Juan Borques Meza.)

These are total travesties happening in your communities — not just in Denver, but all across the United States. We’re going to continue to highlight, dig, and get the facts for you when nobody else will.

By the way, ICE told us that we were the only news organization, and the prosecutor in the case, the only news organization which had asked about the immigration status.

In a subsequent panel discussion (full program video is here), it was especially annoying to see people who should know better, like civil rights attorney Leo Terrell of Los Angeles, resisting any attempt to “broad stroke” what he characterized as an “isolated” situation.

As Ingraham pointed out shortly after the end of the video excerpt above, concerning prior records and immigration status:

… Most mainstream media outlets leave those little facts out … (because they're) "inconvenient facts for people who believe we should be much more generous with out immigration policy.

Earlier in Ingraham's program, as I noted in a Sunday NewsBusters post primarily about the Associated Press's pathetic coverage of so-called DACA "negotiations" in Washington, the host told viewers that these "negotiations" were really an attempt to bulldoze Trump into accepting items he had clearly and publicly said he would not accept earlier in the week. Trump angrily rejected the bad-faith effort  which wasn't a legitimate attempt to "negotiate" by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Two Republican senators who were in the related meeting have publicly stated that did not recall hearing Trump make the "sh*tholes" comment Durbin has claimed Trump made.

Searches at the Denver Post and at the other two news outlets (patch.com; 9news.com) indicated that none of them have done a follow-up story providing any of the details Ingraham provided on Friday. As Ingraham indicated, the facts are too inconvenient. So the press deliberately fails to inquire about them.

A Google News search indicates that Ingraham's LifeZette news site is the only other outlet which has published a story relating to the Denver drug arrests since those initial reports just mentioned. Brendan Kirby's Saturday evening report referred to a discussion with a former Immigration and Naturalization Service agent who provided the following estimate (in Kirby's words): 

… foreign-born criminals accounted for 60 percent of the drug cases in New York at the time, and about third of those committed nationally.

Illegals like those arrested in Denver may not be typical, but it's sheer, media-enabled fantasy to pretend that they are only the rarest of exceptions. Any immigration policy which ignores the disproportionately criminal element among the illegal-immigrant population, fails to prevent those criminals from ever becoming citizens, and fails to deport them with all deliberate speed, is breathtakingly, irresponsibly dangerous.

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