As Texas officials like Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick search for solutions to mass shootings and focus on guns and background checks, they might want to search for solutions to more avoidable murders committed by illegal aliens with all sorts of weapons and motivations.
According to local media, a probable cause statement from Corpus Christi police states that Mohammad Sahi, 72, approached neighbors covered in blood last Thursday and told them to call police. Sahi then confessed to the two officers arriving at the scene to murdering his 47-year-old daughter and 18-year-old grandson by beating them with a stick. Another grandson was found in the house severely beaten and barely alive.
Sahi appeared in court on Monday and is being charged for two murders and one aggravated assault. He confessed to the crimes speaking in his native Punjabi through an interpreter.
ICE spokesman Tim Oberle confirmed with CR that ICE lodged a detainer on September 13 following his arrest and that Sahi is indeed an illegal alien from Pakistan. However, given that bail is set for $2.5 million, it’s unlikely he will be released from Nueces County Jail. If prosecutors obtain a conviction leading to capital punishment or life without parole, the ICE detainer will become moot, because he will never be released and deported.
This is obviously a shocking and extremely bizarre case. Police have not posited any theory of a motive in this case as to why a 72-year-old man would kill his daughter and grandson. But in 2016, Amnesty International spotlighted Pakistan in particular as a hotbed for the practice of family members murdering women for bringing shame to their family in some form. They estimate that roughly 1,000 such killings take place every year.
On January 27, 2017, as part of the “travel ban” executive order, Trump called for data collection on certain criminal activity that seems to be associated with the same countries listed in the visa moratorium. Sec. 10 of the order called upon DHS and DOJ to publish a semi-annual report on the number of foreign nationals charged on terrorism-related grounds. A lesser known part of that order also called for “information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals.”
Only one DHS/DOJ report has been issued pursuant to this order, and very little was published on that section of the order. The report, from January 2018, noted that there is no reliable data on honor killings because the federal government doesn’t directly track them. It’s part of a broader problem of our government failing to track foreign national crimes, transnational gang and cartel crimes, and foreign terrorism crimes.