A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty to election fraud charges on Thursday in Montgomery County for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election, among others.
Laura Janeth Garza, a 38-year-old Mexican national, was handed a 10-year jail sentence, a $10,000 fine and will be deported after serving her jail time, according to the attorney general’s office. She pleaded guilty to charges of voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both second-degree felonies.
Garza allegedly obtained documents to steal the identity of a U.S. citizen and illegally registered to vote in Harris County, according to a joint investigation by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Department of Public Safety. She used the alias Angie Yadira Zamora and cast ballots in 2004, 2012 and 2016.
“Election integrity is a top priority for my office, and arrests and convictions like this clearly demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Texas elections remain free and fair,” Paxton said.
Election fraud has increasingly become a top issue among Republicans in Texas who have called attention to cases like Garza’s to prove their point that there is more voting fraud going on than many acknowledge. Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill to increase penalties for absentee ballot fraud.
Meanwhile, an Illinois judge slammed the officials who failed to enforce a 2012 ICE detainer on an illegal alien who later was able to beat and rape three women — even though he “shouldn’t have been in this country.”
Miguel C. Luna, 37, a Mexican illegal alien who was living in Joliet, was given the maximum sentence of 80 years in prison on Monday after he admitted last May to the physical and sexual assaults of two women who were running on a state trail in separate incidents in 2015 and 2016. Luna also admitted to raping a third woman who has since died.
“You shouldn’t have been in this country,” Judge David Carlson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The system let the victims down in this case.”
The judge said he did not understand why Luna had not been deported in 2012 when a fugitive warrant for his arrest was issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“You were free to do these acts…whether through misguided political correctness or people who do not believe in laws or borders,” Carlson said. “One thing I can do with the sentence is show that the laws we believe in here, maybe this won’t happen again, maybe that’s a little bit of closure.”
Luna was arrested for the rapes in May 2015. He faced 16 to 40 years on each of the two felony criminal assault counts. Carlos ordered him to serve the sentences consecutively, serve at least 85 percent of the sentences – 68 years – and register as a sex offender if he is ever released from prison.
During the trial against illegal alien Luna, prosecutors argued the early-morning attacks on the women were premeditated and grew more sophisticated. They showed a videotaped confession in which Luna admitted to wearing surgical gloves, concealing his face and using a shirt to wipe blood off a victim’s arm to remove his fingerprints.
“He did not want to be caught,” Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Fillipitch said in court. “If anything, he’d become a more clever and crafty sexual predator if given the opportunity to do so.”
Prior to his sentencing, Luna said that he was traumatized by repeated childhood sexual abuse by family members.
“I realize now I needed professional help,” he said, reading from a statement. “I never had the means and now it’s too late because I’m facing a life sentence.”
Luna went on to stay he was “very sorry” for his actions.
Carlson said the abuse Luna said he suffered as a child does not excuse his actions as an adult.
“Nothing gives you the right to impart that hurt, that pain, that damage to anyone else,” the judge said.
Meanwhile, mentally deranged Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) begged people to vote for Democrats in November’s midterm elections to give “leverage” to illegal aliens in the immigration debate.
Pelosi made the remark during a press conference in El Paso, Texas, alongside illegal alien rights activists and Texas Democratic congressional nominee Veronica Escobar.
Pelosi argued that comprehensive immigration reform is impossible under a Republican-controlled Congress.
“We believe that we will have leverage when we win in November. And why that’s important?” Pelosi said.
“Because it gives leverage to every family, to every mom who courageously brought her child across the desert to escape, to escape death, rape, gang violence and the rest,” she continued. “Because it gives hope, because of the leverage it gives to families who may have followed — dad may have gone home for a family funeral and now can’t come into the country. All of those injustices have to be corrected.”
She also said that she believes public sentiment is changing regarding immigration reform, which she described as “inevitable for America.”
“And so we’re getting ready for this, and it is only to come back to a place that honors our values, recognizes the importance of immigration to the success of America.”
Watch Pelosi’s remarks below.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 17th, 2018