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– Is he still a dreamer? Arrested illegal immigrant, 15 years old, who shot a tourist in Times Square

The arrest of a teenage suspect in a Times Square shooting led many to conclude, “The US government is importing criminals, not 'asylum seekers'.”

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Less than two weeks after a mob of illegal aliens was seen assaulting members of New York's finest in the heart of the Big Apple, the heavily trafficked locale became a crime scene once again. This time, a Brazilian tourist was caught in the crossfire when a suspect, said to be a 15-year-old illegal alien from Venezuela, allegedly pulled a gun on a security guard and then law enforcement officers. NYPD while stealing Thursday.

On Friday, police tracked Jesús Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, the teenager charged as an adult, to a Yonkers home after he and his mother fled the Stratford Hotel on West 70th Street where they were staying with taxpayer currency.

Police had initially offered a $13,500 reward for any information about the foreigner who was arraigned Saturday and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, assault and attempted battery.

“Much of the incident is captured on extremely clear surveillance video, from which it was easily identified,” the Manhattan district attorney's office said, as prosecutors asked a Manhattan Criminal Court judge to the suspect was booked into jail without bail because of “significant ties outside the United States.”

“Based on all of this”, the prosecutor's office said, identifying Rivas-Figueroa as an “extreme flight risk”, “it is clear that he is facing a significant prison sentence for this serious case and it cannot be trusted that back to court.”

Speaking to the press, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, Patrick Hendry, stated: “He believed he could try to kill a New York City police officer. That's what he tried to do. He tried to kill a New York City police officer.”

Meanwhile, as New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) instituted a curfew as part of an effort to combat lawlessness plaguing neighborhoods across the five boroughs thanks to sanctuary policies , reactions on social media were both sarcastic and serious in response to the demotion. of national security.

“I've been saying this for months: Venezuelan criminals are ruthless and vile,” wrote one Venezuelan-born user. “The Venezuelan government kicked them out and sent them here. Everyone knows it in my country. The US government is importing criminals, not 'asylum seekers'”.

Similarly, The Spectator's contributing editor Stephen L. Miller said, “Police are being assaulted. Tourists are being shot. Stores are being looted. New York City really feels like it's turned around hard for the worse. Looks like this problem is only going to get worse. Anyway, send more please.”

Others expressed concern over the potential that the teenager could have attended school in New York, while more mocked how those with a blatant disregard for the law cannot be deterred by imposing more laws.


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– Is he still a dreamer?  Arrested illegal immigrant, 15 years old, who shot a tourist in Times Square
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