The violent criminals who are able to cross and re-cross the U.S.-Mexico border are a major factor in President Donald Trump’s push for increased border security, a border wall, and tougher immigration laws.
Recent developments in an eight-year-old murder case would seem to justify the president’s repeated warnings on the issue, as the suspect, now in custody, has been revealed to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico who’d previously been deported out of the U.S. six times.
The Pasco Police Department announced via Facebook on Feb. 20, 2018, that they had taken custody of Mexican national Adan Virgen-Ponce, who was suspected of having murdered a father of seven on Feb. 7, 2010.
The victim, Froilan Godines, was a bouncer at a nightclub in Pasco, Washington. Godines confronted Virgen-Ponce about an attempt to leave the premises with alcohol. An argument ensued, and it is believed that Virgen-Ponce waited until after the club closed to attack Godines and stab him to death. Godines had been just days shy of his 42nd birthday.
Alleged murderer fled justice
Virgen-Ponce was quickly identified as the suspect and charged with first-degree murder but escaped the country back to Mexico before he could be arrested. However, he was eventually arrested for different crimes in Mexico and Pasco police waited patiently for his extradition to the U.S. to face the murder charges.
A local media report in February noted how grateful Godines’ surviving family members were at the news of the arrest.
“Words can’t explain how much we miss him … how much we love him,” said daughter Karen Godines. “He was an amazing man, he was an amazing father. He just loved, what he would say, loved showing his kids what living is.” She added, “It felt like a boulder was lifted off of us. We were very happy. We are so proud of him, and proud of the man he was. We are so proud of him and proud to be his daughter. We are so proud to be his kids.”
Previously deported six times
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that Virgen-Ponce is currently being held on $1 million bond at the Franklin County jail. It was confirmed through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he was an illegal immigrant who’d been previously deported six times.
“ICE lodged a detainer with the Franklin County Jail on Adan Virgen-Ponce, aka Yovan lopez-Perez, a citizen of Mexico, after he was arrested on local charges,” ICE spokesperson Tanya Roman told the DCNF.
“Virgen-Ponce has been removed from the U.S. on six prior occasions and he voluntarily returned once. On May 10, 2004, Virgin-Ponce was convicted in U.S. District Court for violation of 8 USC 1325/Present Without Admission and was sentenced to 45-days incarceration,” Roman added.
It appears that Virgen-Ponce will now await a trial on the first-degree murder charge, and on the off chance that he ever steps foot outside a U.S. jail again, ICE already has a detainer on him and is prepared to deport him back to Mexico one more time … a precaution that likely won’t be necessary if he is convicted of the murder.
This is one more case that serves to confirm that President Trump is absolutely right to focus on the criminal threat posed by an unsecured border, and he should continue to keep it front and center.