You know the economy is bad when even gangs need to outsource.
The AP is reporting that the suspected gang member accused of killing 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr. may have been in the country illegally. They will investigate 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza for possible deportation once his current murder charge “has run its course.”
Back on March 12, I opened a can of worms by bringing up the sudden increase in local gang violence. Innocent kids were getting hit left and right, and I made the statement that any gang-related first offense should be prosecuted by military draft or outright deportation. One of the comments from that post is ringing in my ear:
It insinuates that many gang members are undocumented immigrants when I can tell you many of them were born here in Los Angeles.
That may, in fact, be true. Just not in this case.