The international gang known as MS-13 is notorious for its brutality, something which was brought into stark relief with a guilty plea obtained by the Department of Justice (DOJ) this week in connection with a 2016 murder in a suburb of Washington, D.C. One has to wonder what Nancy Pelosi, who famously defended the gang from Trump criticism, is thinking.
The details of the murder case and subsequent plea involving drug dealer and known gang-member Moises Alexis Reyes-Canales highlight the threat MS-13 poses to communities across the country, giving lie to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) previously expressed belief that those involved in its savage criminality have “a spark of divinity” and “dignity and worth” that must be “recognized and respected.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Reyes-Canales – also known as “Sicopita” acknowledged his role in the stabbing death five years ago of Jose Hernandez-Portillo in an Annapolis, Maryland park. A press release from the U.S Attorney for the District of Maryland detailed the killing in which the defendant and other conspirators lured the victim to the park, struck him with a stick, repeatedly stabbed him, and buried him in a shallow grave.
Reyes-Canales also admitted to involvement in a plot and an attempt to murder two rival gang members in the same park with machetes as well as firearms, though both targets ultimately survived, and he also admitted to selling drugs, purchasing guns and providing support to gang members in this country as well as in El Salvador.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner expressed satisfaction in having brought justice to this particular defendant, saying, “The violence perpetrated by Reyes-Canales and his fellow MS-13 members was brutal and tragic and is totally unacceptable,” as the Free Beacon noted.
The shocking violence and mayhem for which MS-13 has long been known drew significant attention from former President Donald Trump during his term in office, back when strong immigration policies ruled the day. During a 2018 speech, Trump touched on the topic of those who join these gangs, explaining that they are among those who must be stopped from entering the country, saying:
You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before.
The remarks caused a media firestorm at the time, with mainstream outlets and Democrat politicians twisting themselves in knots to claim that Trump referred to all immigrants as animals.
Nancy Pelosi was among those who attempted to pile on at the time, saying, “There is a spark of divinity among every person on earth, and we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person,” disingenuously pontificating:
So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity, and worth of every person?
Though the Biden administration has made it very clear that a rollback of President Trump’s successful immigration policies remains a top priority, it is at least a good thing that its DOJ is still working to put murderous thugs like Reyes-Canales behind bars and send a message to those who might follow his example.