Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another Round of "Imagine If"...

Got this bit of news off the BLNN yesterday, and finally had a time to calm down enough to write something about it.

ICE reportedly arrested illegal immigrant sex offender interning for Menendez
WASHINGTON – Sen. Robert Menendez had an unpaid intern working in his New Jersey office who was an illegal immigrant and a registered sex offender and now is under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after the Nov. 6 Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.
Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez's immigration case.
(Emphasis mine)

Okay, a few things. First, it's quite doubtful that had this illegal alien sex offender intern been arrested before the election that it would have changed the outcome. A 58% margin is pretty substantial, and it's hard to see more than a percent or two swapping over this. Secondly, really? A pro-illegal alien Senator has a barely legal teen sex offender illegal alien in his office as an intern and this is the best coverage we can get? Even with a governmental coverup? Oh, no, no bias here.

Just imagine, if you will. 2004. George Bush is running for re-election. A GOP Senator in a heavy GOP state has a campaign worker who gets arrested for violating a gun law. Imagine the hue and cry if the Bush administration told the BATFE to hold off on the arrest until after the election. Just imagine. They *STILL* talk about "Iran/Contra" nearly 30 years later; I imagine they'd be talking about this theoretical coverup as the sun burnt out and we all froze to death.

But since the Senator and the Presidential administration have a "D" after their names, it's relegated to the back pages. You know, it would be nice if we had a press that actually did its job and, you know, reported on this kind of thing. This isn't some poor kid whose parents brought him over to the US and is only illegal because they didn't file the paperwork. He's a criminal on top of being illegal, and a United States senator had him working in his campaign office. That's a legitimate story. Add in that the HHS asked ICE to hold off on the arrest until after the election? Holy smokes, that's Woodward and Bernstein stuff right there.

...if it had been a Republican Senator and a Republican administration, that is...

That is all.


Pakkinpoppa said...

I'm sure he was turning his life around.

Mikael said...

Note that sex offender is such a vague term that it can mean anything from child rapist to once got a blowjob from a girl a year younger. (Indeed there's at least one girl who was required to register as a sex offender because she gave a blowjob to a guy a few days younger than herself, she'd just turned 17 and he was a few days from turning 17). (