Saturday, April 15, 2017

Charlie Daniels: Christ Has Risen Indeed! - VALUE LIFE, INCLUDING THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN..... CHRIST DID!

Charlie Daniels: Christ Has Risen Indeed!: What sets Christianity apart as a faith?

Charlie Daniels: Christ Has Risen Indeed!



Picture of Jesus ascending into heaven. (Wikimedia Commons Photo)
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” - Luke 24 1:1-3 New International Version of the Holy Bible.
Since Jesus was crucified on a Friday and Shabbat – or the Sabbath – began at sundown, His followers had not been able to carry out the anointing of His body with the fragrant spices and ointments, and it had to be delayed until Sunday morning, after the Jewish religious law forbidding work on the Sabbath was lifted.
Wondering who was going to roll the heavy stone across the entrance of the tomb so they could enter, the women, followers of Jesus, headed for the garden tomb where His body had been laid.
When they got there, not only had the stone been rolled away, but the body of Jesus was gone.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24) 
And therein lies the fact that separates Christianity from every other faith, a fact that had been predicted by Old Testament prophets centuries before, a savior who would be "hung on a tree" (Crucified on a cross) taking the sins of mankind upon Himself and rising again from the dead.
The fact that Jesus died on the cross was witnessed and attested to by many, and the fact that He rose from the dead and was seen by at least 500 people after His resurrection is unassailable.
And to His followers, His return to the earth is just as certain. In fact, judging by Bible prophecy, the day of His return could be fast approaching.
And something to consider, if Jesus is but one of any number of different paths to God – as many people today believe – then why was it so important for the Son of God to suffer a flogging so brutal that the skin on his back was ripped to shreds, exposing the bones from His ribs? Why was it necessary that He hang on a cross and suffer a slow and agonizing death? If Jesus is only one of many paths, why did God make Him become the sacrificial lamb to conquer mankind’s sin once and for all?
Why? Because as He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)
In all the other religions in the world, there is no god who took on the flesh of a human being, who died and rose from the dead, ascended into the heavens and promises to one day come back and gather His followers and take them to a place of indescribable joy to spend all eternity with Him.
If one element of the prophecy had been missing, if He had died in another manner than being crucified, or if any number of the Old Testament's foretelling about the life and death of Jesus had not been fulfilled, the story could reasonably be doubted.
But as in all things, God fulfilled the birth, life, death and resurrection of His only begotten Son down to the Nth degree, even the fact that he would be "pierced for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53), as He was by a Roman soldier's sword.
All across the world this Easter – or as many believers call it, Resurrection Day – His resurrection will be celebrated by the faithful. And what a wonderful time of year it is, a time of new beginnings, when earth has finished her long winter sleep and new life has sprung forth, the resurrection of dormant plants and seeds and the beauty of God's creation puts on its new garments, each new blossom, each bird’s song, a visible and audible praise to the Creator.
To try to fathom the depth of God's love to send His only begotten Son to earth is impossible, especially in light of the fact that, in His foreknowledge, He knew how so much of the world would not even acknowledge Christ's sacrifice and would deny His deity and turn their backs on the God who created them.
And what kind of love motivated Jesus to hang on that cross for hours, suffocating – the only way to get a good breath was to push against the nails in His feet and pull against the nails in His hands to lift himself up to catch a breath. I can't even imagine the pain.
All of this, when, if He had asked, His Father would have sent down a legion of angels to rescue Him and annihilate the entire Roman army.
But He hung there for something like six hours, slowly dying an agonizing death, forsaken, alone suffering physical agony and mental anguish, until at last he breathed his last and said, "It is finished."
Why?
Love.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
His enemies thought they had won, however the death of His physical body was not the end but the beginning. Love conquers all.
Christ has risen!
He has risen indeed!
Wishing a happy and blessed Resurrection Day to all.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008

NARCOMEX: DRUG CARTEL ALLIES OF JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN THROW PEOPLE OFF AIRPLANES

YOU REALLY WANT THESE PEOPLE CROSSING OUR OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS AT WILL?

THE LA RAZA MEX DRUG CARTELS NOW OPERATED IN ALL MAJOR CITIES!



Mexican Cartel Throwing 

People Off Planes to 

Punish Rivals


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An old method of execution commonly used by the Sinaloa Cartel appears to be making a comeback after three men were thrown off an airplane.
Earlier this week, employees at the local hospital in the town of Eldorado, Sinaloa discovered the body of a man who had been thrown off a passing airplane, Mexico’s El Financiero reported. The bodies of two other victims are believed to have been taken by gunmen in SUVs who fled the scene; the victims are believed to have also been thrown off the passing plane.
Mexican authorities confirmed that the victim who fell on the hospital’s rooftop was in fact thrown and did not show signs of previous execution. 
Breitbart Texas’ access to various U.S. intelligence files revealed that the Sinaloa Cartel has a history of using airplanes for executions. The practice is used primarily in the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahua. This is the first reported execution of its kind in a populated area.
Sinaloa is currently under the control of the cartel faction of the same name, led by Damaso “Mini Lic” Lopez, the son of the now jailed capo Damaso “El Lic” Lopez, who at one time was one of the closest allies of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Currently, the Lopez faction has been waging a war for control of the criminal organization and its key lucrative drug smuggling areas with the faction led by Guzman’s sons. Since El Chapo’s highly publicized arrest and subsequent extradition to the U.S., his empire has been rocked by infighting and the encroachment of other cartels such as the Beltran Leyva, Jalisco Nueva Generación, and others.
As Breitbart Texas reported in August 2016, a team of gunmen stormed an upscale restaurant called La Leche in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The gunmen kidnapped various individuals including at least one of Guzman’s sons. It remains unclear how many victims were actually taken and how the Sinaloa Cartel was able to get their freedom since Mexican authorities did not take part in a rescue operation.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.


HALF THE MURDERS IN LA RAZA-OCCUPIED CALIFORNIA ARE NOW BY MEX GANGS

Sheriff: MS-13 Gang Brings Machetes,Rape, Scalping to Texas

BY BOB PRICE

Members of the hyper-violent MS-13 transnational criminal gang are bringing severe tactics like machete-hacking murders, rape, and scalping to Texas according to the Texas Sheriff’s Association.


Tucker Carlson: MS-13 Street Gang ‘Is a Far Greater Threat to Your Life Than ISIS’

Carlson offered examples of MS-13 violence and pointed out that while there are likely a “few hundred” active ISIS members in the United States, there were 6,000 members of MS-13 domestically and 30,000 abroad.
Transcript as follows:
It’s fair to say, ISIS is the new global gold standard for offal. Combined the Orlando, San Bernardino and Chattanooga terror attacks, and the groups is responsible for at least 68 deaths here in the U.S. over just the past three years and that is bad. On the other hand, it’s nothing compared to MS-13. That organization, a mostly immigrant street gang is a far greater threat to your life than ISIS is. It’s the numbers.
It’s not just the body’s pile up in smaller numbers and the coverage isn’t a splashy when they’re covered at all because often they are not. Besides the four killings you just heard about in New York today, there’s Raymond Wood. He’s the Lynchburg teenager apparently murdered and left by the side of the road two weeks ago by a group of MS-13 members. All of them were here illegally by the way.
There Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, a pair of teenage girls butchered with machetes by MS-13. They’re walking off from school in Brentwood, New York. We could go on and on and on. And in the future editions of the show, we will. But killing is not the end of the problem with MS-13, its members have been caught running child prostitution rings, they’ve been contacted by Mexican drug cartels, and paid their operations. And of course, they engage in the usual extortion, drug trafficking and human smuggling.
But unlike ISIS, MS-13 makes it hard to live in certain neighborhoods here in this country. Also unlike ISIS, there are a lot of them. ISIS may have a significant pass of supporters in the U.S. and a lot of a suspected does but true active ISIS members — pretty small, maybe a few hundred and most. MS-13, by contrast, has approximately 6,000 members according to the government in this country. And they’re supported by more than 30,000 abroad. Yes, abroad.
Because MS-13 is fundamentally a foreign threat. Now, the administration is using a lot of firepower to defeat insurgents in the Middle East right now and good for them. But what about the insurgency right down the road from you here in America? Because that’s exactly what it is.Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
SANCTUARY CITIES = NO LAWS APPLY TO INVADING 

ILLEGALS…. But Legals still get the tax bills for their welfare 

and crime tidal wave even if they voted Democrat!


SANCTUARY CITY NEW YORK LETS 

LOSE A MS-13 GANG THUG!


The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) claims that Latino street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.

OBAMA’S INVASION OF ILLEGALS IS WORKING!
They’re already signed up to vote LA RAZA SUPREMACY DEM!

“According to Immigration and Customers

Enforcement data first obtained by the

Associated Press this week, about 70

percent of the 40,000 migrant family

members arrested at the border since May

did not follow up their arrest with a

necessary visit to an immigration office.”

The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) claims that Latino street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.
SABOTAGE of HOMELAND SECURITY:
BARACK OBAMA PARTNERS WITH MEXICO’S DRUG CARTELS TO BRING DOWN THE U.S. MIDDLE-CLASS
As soon as the UACs started arriving, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that many had ties to gang members in the U.S. In fact, JW reported last July that street gangs—including Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13—went on a recruiting frenzy at U.S. shelters housing the illegal immigrant minors and they were using Red Cross phones to communicate.
The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.
 OBAMA and the MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS SERVE UP HEROIN TO THE AMERICAN MIDDLE-CLASS.

The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) claims that Latino street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.

GRAPHIC IMAGES of America coming under Mex Occupation


The NARCOMEX drug cartels now operate in all major American cities and haul back to NARCOMEX between $40 top $60 BILLION from sales of HEROIN!

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BELOW LINK IS TO THE LA RAZA “THE RACE” MEXICAN FASCIST SEPARATIST MOVEMENT (WARNING! GRAPHIC!)

They claim all of North America for Mexico!

How many illegals looting or committing crimes in your county U.S.A.?
IMMIGRANT SHARE OF ADULTS QUADRUPLED IN 232 COUNTIES

"More than 728,000 illegal immigrants have been shielded from being deported and 

 

granted work permits through President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive amnesty 

 

program, according to the Migration Policy Institute."

 How many illegals looting or committing crimes in your county U.S.A.?
IMMIGRANT SHARE OF ADULTS QUADRUPLED IN 232 COUNTIES

"More than 728,000 illegal immigrants have been shielded from being deported and granted work permits through President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive amnesty program, according to the Migration Policy Institute."


 How many illegals looting or committing crimes in your county U.S.A.?
IMMIGRANT SHARE OF ADULTS QUADRUPLED IN 232 COUNTIES

How many illegals looting or committing crimes in your county U.S.A.?
IMMIGRANT SHARE OF ADULTS QUADRUPLED IN 232 COUNTIES

US Features

Fear Grips Communities as MS-13 Gang Proliferates

The murder of Evelyn Rodriguez's daughter by MS-13 gang members spotlights the growing threat schools and communities face nationwide

Transnational street gang MS-13 encourages members to illegally enter the United States from Central America, and recruits new members from schools and communities around the country.
NEW YORK—At first, Evelyn Rodriguez thought her teenage daughter had forgotten to charge her phone—it kept going straight to voicemail. Or maybe she had just lost track of time. But Kayla Cuevas and her best friend Nisa Mickens never blew through their 9 p.m. curfew, especially without checking in.
“She would call me if she was going to be two minutes late,” said Rodriguez. Sept. 13 was a typical Tuesday in Brentwood, New York, and the girls had gone for a walk while it was still daylight.
Earlier in the evening, Cuevas, who had turned 16 two months prior, and Mickens had been planning Mickens’s birthday party. Mickens was turning 16 the next day.
Rodriguez got home from work after 11 p.m. She drove past an accident site about a block away from her home. Yellow police tape cordoned the area off, and she remembers thinking, “Wow, I hope the person is OK.”
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Signs offering a reward for information regarding the murders of Nisa Mickens (L) and Kayla Cuevas are posted near Brentwood High School, where they studied, in Suffolk County, N.Y., on March 29.
At home, Mickens’s parents were there waiting, but there was still no sign of the girls.
“My heart starts pumping,” Rodriguez said. “I start calling her friends.” No one had heard from either girl for hours, and both of their phones were going straight to voicemail.
Mickens’s parents went up the road to the accident site to tell the police that the two girls were missing. Soon, Rodriguez and her husband got a call telling them to get up there, too.
“So I’m there with Nisa’s mom, and we’re both keeping each other sane,” said Rodriguez. “And that’s when the Mickens family found out their news.”
Mickens’s body had been discovered with such significant trauma to the face and head that she was almost unrecognizable, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York. She had been attacked with baseball bats and a machete.
“At the time, they couldn’t locate Kayla,” Rodriguez said. “And my response to that is, Kayla would never leave Nisa, as well as Nisa would never leave Kayla. So she has to be somewhere here.”
That’s when my world crumbled. She was going to become someone, for sure. And it was stolen from her.
— Evelyn Rodriguez, mother of Kayla Cuevas
Rodriguez got the dreaded phone call at 6:02 p.m. the next day. Her daughter had also been brutally murdered and the police had found her body nearby.
“And that’s when my world crumbled,” Rodriguez said on March 28. “She was going to become someone, for sure. And it was stolen from her.”
The attorney’s office said Cuevas had some run-ins with members and associates of the MS-13 gang in the months leading up to the murders. The dispute escalated about a week before the murders, when Cuevas and several friends were involved in an altercation with MS-13 members at Brentwood High School, the attorney’s office said.
Signs offering a reward for information regarding the murders of Nisa Mickens (L) and Kayla Cuevas are posted near Brentwood High School, where they studied, in Suffolk County, N.Y., on March 29. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Signs offering a reward for information regarding the murders of Nisa Mickens (L) and Kayla Cuevas are posted near Brentwood High School, where they studied, in Suffolk County, N.Y., on March 29. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
After that incident, the MS-13 members vowed to seek revenge against Cuevas, the statement reads. One of the gang’s mottos is “Mata, viola, controla” (“Kill, rape, control”).  
On Sept. 13, several members of MS-13’s Sailors clique had agreed to drive around Brentwood in different vehicles and hunt for rival gang members to kill, prosecutors said.
One car, with four gang members inside, saw Cuevas and Mickens out walking. They called the leaders of the Sailors clique, who authorized them to kill the two girls. So they did. And then they drove away.

35 Murders

Thirteen MS-13 gang members were arrested on March 2 and charged in connection with the murders of Cuevas and Mickens, as well as five other murders, an attempted murder, and two assaults. Drugs, racketeering, arson, and firearms charges make up the remainder of the 41 charges the defendants face.
The defendants are aged between 19 and 29, with the exception of two minors who were not named.
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Ten of the 13 suspects are illegal immigrants, two are U.S. citizens, and one is a green card holder, according to Robert Capers, then-U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
“For far too long, on Long Island, MS-13 has been meting out its own version of the death penalty,” Capers said at a March 2 press conference. “The brutal murders … exemplify the depravity of a gang whose primary mission is murder.”
Since 2010, MS-13 members have been charged with more than 35 murders in the Eastern District of New York.

National Problem

MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the largest criminal organizations in the country, with 6,000 to 10,000 members in at least 42 states, the FBI estimates. In addition, more than 60,000 members operate internationally, mostly in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
MS-13 continues to grow its membership and now targets younger recruits more than ever before, the FBI said. In 2004, the FBI created the MS-13 National Gang Task Force.
MS-13 was initially formed by Salvadoran immigrants that came to the United States in order to escape the civil war in their home country, according to a study published in the Journal of Gang Research in 2009.
“The gang is well-organized and is heavily involved in lucrative illegal enterprises, being notorious for its use of violence to achieve its objectives,” authors Jennifer Adams and Jesenia Pizarro wrote.
El Salvador’s supreme court designated MS-13 as a terrorist group in August 2015. The U.S. Treasury deemed MS-13 to be a transnational criminal organization in 2012, prohibiting U.S. citizens and businesses from engaging in any transactions with the gang.

Surge From Central America

Capers said MS-13 gets gang members to illegally enter the United States from Central America and recruits new members from schools and communities around the country.
During the 10-year period between 2005 and 2014, Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested 4,000 members of MS-13, according to numbers obtained by Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) through freedom of information requests. CIS is a pro-immigration enforcement think tank based in Washington.
Of the 4,000 arrested, 92 percent were in the United States illegally, according to data obtained by CIS. And while they comprised 13 percent of ICE gang arrests during that period, they accounted for 35 percent of the murders.

Joe Kolb, fellow at Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, speaks at the Long Island School Safety Conference on Long Island, N.Y., on March 28, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Joe Kolb, a research fellow at CIS, has been studying the connection between MS-13 growth and the surge of unaccompanied minors coming across the southwest border from Central American countries, predominantly El Salvador.
The reality is … wherever the unaccompanied minors appear, MS-13 crime isn’t far behind.
— Joe Kolb, research fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
“It was a perfect storm,” Kolb said. “We had a very lenient administration [under Obama]. We are a compassionate country—which I’m always proud to say—but we’re reaping the consequences of these policies now. I don’t want to sound like a total alarmist or a xenophobe, but the reality is … wherever the unaccompanied minors appear, MS-13 crime isn’t far behind.”
The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the southwest border has jumped dramatically since 2012, when 24,120 minors were caught crossing the border. In fiscal year 2014, more than 68,000 minors were apprehended; the numbers dropped to almost 40,000 in 2015 and spiked again to almost 60,000 in 2016. The increases came from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Graph: The Epoch Times)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Graph: The Epoch Times)
The surge in unaccompanied children coincided with President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy introduced in 2012, Kolb said.
“The misinterpreted perception that permeated around the region was that this was the golden ticket to get into the United States—but nobody read the fine print,” he said. The fine print Kolb is referring to is that, among other criteria, DACA was only available to minors who had been in the country since 2007.

Unaccompanied Minors

When an unaccompanied minor crosses the southwest border and is apprehended, he or she is placed in a facility under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
ORR is responsible for the placement of the child, home assessments, and follow-up. Kolb said the follow-up is a phone call around 30 days after placement. ORR did not return a request for comment.
By definition, an unaccompanied alien child is under 18 and has no parent or legal guardian in the United States, or no parent or legal guardian in the United States who is available to provide care and physical custody, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Regardless, Homeland Security determined that about 60 percent of the children initially determined to be “unaccompanied alien children” are released by ORR to a parent already living illegally in the United States.
The counties absorbing the greatest number of these children are Harris County in Texas, Los Angeles County, Suffolk County in New York, and Miami-Dade County in Florida.
These four counties have absorbed around 30,000 unaccompanied minors into their communities and schools in the last several years.
All four counties are also struggling with the proliferation of MS-13 gang violence.

Schools Swamped

Brentwood High School in Suffolk County, N.Y., on March 29. The Brentwood school district takes most of the minors coming up from Central America to Suffolk County—more than 4,500 in the last 3 1/2 years. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Brentwood High School in Suffolk County, N.Y., on March 29. The Brentwood school district takes most of the minors coming up from Central America to Suffolk County—more than 4,500 in the last 3 1/2 years. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Schools are hotbeds for gang recruitment, and with so many young men entering from Central America, there is no shortage of potential recruits.
The Brentwood school district takes the lion’s share of the minors coming up from Central America to Suffolk County, New York. In the last 3 1/2 years, the county has taken in more than 4,500 children from the ORR—the third highest number in the country. Since October last year, the county has already received 841 more minors from the ORR.
We have an average of between 10 to as many as 25 new students being registered a day.
— Carlos Sanchez, safety director, Brentwood school district
Carlos Sanchez, Brentwood school district safety director, at a school safety conference on Long Island, New York, on March 28, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Carlos Sanchez, Brentwood school district safety director, at a school safety conference on Long Island, N.Y., on March 28, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The Brentwood school district serves 20,000 students and is reaching capacity, according to district safety director Carlos Sanchez.
“We have an average of between 10 to as many as 25 new students being registered a day,” he said. Class sizes are bursting at 30 to 35 pupils per class, he said. The schools are not given any information on the children as far as immigration status, criminal record, or special needs.
“They are vulnerable, because they’re the new kids on the block,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said MS-13 members will try to recruit the new students by acting like they’re family to them. The gang members also threaten to harm the new students’ families and loved ones back home, which forces them to comply with demands or make recurring extortion payments.
“As long as we’re placing these kids in these communities—whether they’re gang members or not—we have to also remember the culture that these kids are coming from,” Kolb said.
Kolb traveled to El Salvador in December to research the violent communities.  
“These are the most violent non-war countries in the world. If you have a conflict with somebody, you kill each other,” he said. “We’re not prepared as a society to address this.”

Crime in School

In one recent case that received nationwide attention, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped during school hours by two other students in Rockville, Maryland, on March 16.
Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez, 18, allegedly forced her into the boy’s bathroom, where they took turns raping her, according to official documents. Both teens have been charged as adults with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.
Sanchez, from Guatemala, is in the country illegally, according to authorities. The immigration status of Montano is unknown because he is a minor, but he is originally from El Salvador.
Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland., on March 22, 2017, where a 14-year-old student was allegedly raped in a bathroom by 18-year-old Henry Sanchez Milian, an illegal immigrant, and 17-year-old Jose Montano. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland., on March 22, 2017, where a 14-year-old student was allegedly raped in a bathroom by 18-year-old Henry Sanchez Milian, an illegal immigrant, and 17-year-old Jose Montano. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
Prosecutors found photos on the suspects’ phones of them flashing MS-13 gang signs, but attorneys for both teens deny they are members of the gang, according to a WTOP report on March 30.
ICE arrested Sanchez’s father on March 24 after discovering he was in the country illegally. Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes, 43, a citizen of Guatemala, is currently detained and has been issued a notice to appear in an immigration court.
Rockville is in Montgomery County, Maryland, and, along with neighboring Prince George’s County, has a high number of unaccompanied minors being sent up from the border by ORR—a combined total of more than 7,500 in the last 3.5 years.
Both counties also have a growing issue with gang violence.
Montgomery County police said last June that the county had seen an “unprecedented level” of gang-related violence over the previous eight months.
Most notable were nine gang-related homicides that occurred during that timeframe—including five murders involving MS-13. The other four homicides are attributed to smaller, but just as violent, local cliques, the police department said.
The police department attributed the uptick to “a substantial increase in violence in EI Salvador that is contributing to the mass migration from the country and other parts of the region to include the influx of unaccompanied minors to the United States.”
The department said over 67 percent of known gang-related violent crimes were committed by youths aged 21 and under in 2015. Youths were responsible for all but one of the gang-related homicides with closed cases and over 85 percent of street robberies.

Being Part of the Solution

For Evelyn Rodriguez, part of the grieving process is pushing to make sure Brentwood is safer. She still travels to a nearby town to take her 7-year-old daughter to the park. And she’s afraid to have a barbecue over the summer.
But she does see some progress.
“It’s not there yet,” she said. “But I do see some type of change.”
Evelyn Rodriguez talks about the murder of her daughter, on Long Island, New York, March 28, 2017. Rodriguez's daughter, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, was murdered along with her best friend in Brentwood, New York, in September 2016. Members of the transnational street gang MS-13 have been charged with the murder. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Evelyn Rodriguez on March 28, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Police are more visible on the streets, and she is working to bring programs into the school. “To help the ones being targeted, bullied, or those at risk of being recruited,” Rodriguez said.
I’m working to help the ones being targeted, bullied, or those at risk of being recruited.
— Evelyn Rodriguez, mother of Kayla Cuevas
She is advocating to introduce the STRONG program in Brentwood. STRONG, or Struggling to Reunite Our New Generation, is a youth, family, and community organization on Long Island that focuses on preventing gang and gun violence.
“I want families, parents, to know that there’s resources out there.” Rodriguez said the school let her down by not intervening when problems boiled up between her daughter and the gang members.
“I’m fighting for her—for Kayla. You’re never going to forget who Kayla Cuevas or Nisa Mickens were.”