We could spill pages’ worth of ink here at CR covering the daily illegal alien sex assaults that go uncovered by the media, but this one is particularly outrageous.
Racine County, Wisconsin, law enforcement issued a warrant for 29-year-old Lorenzo Bernabe-Lucas in April 2018 on first-degree child sexual assault. He is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl between May and July 2017, but it wasn’t until she gave birth in March 2018 at such a tender age that police were able to identify Bernabe-Lucas as the father through a DNA test and issue the warrant. However, he remained a fugitive for 16 months until Levy County, Florida, law enforcement, working with the U.S. Marshals, captured him in Williston, Florida, in August.
Throughout the coverage of this case since 2018, the eventual capture in Florida in August, and the transfer to Wisconsin last week, not a single media outlet reported that Bernabe-Lucas is an illegal alien. But in reply to an inquiry by CR on his immigration status, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer issued the following statement: “On Aug. 16, 2019, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed an immigration detainer on Lorenzo Bernabe-Lucas, 29, an illegal alien from Guatemala, with Levy County Jail, Fla., following his arrest on a felony warrant for child sexual assault – child under 13 years of age, issued in Wisconsin.”
Shockingly, his bail was set at just $50,000 at an arraignment in Racine County Court on Thursday. This is why the ICE detainer is so important. In the event that he posts bail, rather than being released onto the streets as the ultimate flight risk, ICE will take custody of him.
The crime of a 29-year-old man impregnating a 12-year-old girl is an awful one. But this is not an aberration. Marrying underage girls is considered somewhat normal in some countries including Guatemala. While lawmakers in Guatemala have moved to raise the marriage age, it will still take a cultural shift to stop the practice of teen pregnancies. Roughly one-fourth of babies born there are to teen mothers.
Now we are importing this culture into America in large numbers. According to GirlsNotBrides, “Child marriage tends to happen more in rural areas than in urban areas,” and in Guatemala, “over half of rural girls (mostly from Mayan indigenous populations) are married before 18.” They also note that “poverty can also drive child marriage in the region,” and therefore, “indigenous girls living in impoverished areas can be especially vulnerable to the practice.”
Thus, this is a systemic problem, which is why Border Patrol catches convicted sex offenders from these countries every day. On Friday, CBP announced that Tucson Sector agents caught an illegal alien convicted of molestation of a minor and sexual battery in 2015 by Fulton County, Georgia, trying to re-enter the country. It was the second sex offender convicted just in the state of Georgia who was arrested by Tucson Sector agents in the past 10 days.