When 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was brutally murdered last week in Virginia, the mainstream media rushed to proclaim the tragedy an example of the Islamophobia that is rampant in America. Muslim activists, liberal agitators, and their water carriers in the media all argued that this was another disturbing example of the war on Islam that heartless and narrow-minded conservatives having been waging since 2001.
In a post on her Facebook page, terror-supporting activist Linda Sarsour promised the dead teen and her family that they would have revenge that her killer (no doubt a Trump supporter!) would be brought to justice. Left-wing news outlet Fusion for its part posted a video emphasizing that the murder took place near a mosque, to ensure that the reader would draw a connection between the crime and the girl’s religion.
Nabra Hassanen was murdered on her way home from a mosque in Virginia following overnight Ramadan prayers.
— Fusion (@Fusion) June 19, 2017
A detail overlooked in early news accounts of the murder was the identity of the killer. Nabra Hassanen, as it turns out, wasn’t a victim of Islamophobia. She was a victim, rather, of illegal immigration.
Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller explains:
A 22-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia on Sunday morning is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tells The Daily Caller.
The suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, was arrested on Sunday in the death of Nabra Hassanen, a high school student from Reston, Va. Police say he beat Hassanen with a metal baseball bat in what is being described as a road rage incident….
Local police and ICE were slow in confirming whether Torres is in the U.S. illegally. But in a statement issued Monday afternoon, an ICE spokesperson confirmed that the agency has lodged a detainer request against the El Salvadoran national, indicating that he is an illegal alien.
“On June 19, ICE lodged a detainer on Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen and national of El Salvador, with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE,” ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told TheDC.
Cutrell specifically confirmed that Torres is an illegal alien.
Nabra Hassanen’s death was indeed tragic, and the man who killed her should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But don’t expect liberals to throw up their hands at last in revulsion and cry, “Enough! No more illegal immigrants!” Despite knowing the truth in this matter, they will continue to coddle — and even prevent the deportation of — those who sneak across the southern border and lose themselves amid their 11 million brethren would have already entered the U.S. illegally. To liberals, there is no such thing as an “illegal” immigrant because the word illegal is an ugly label and hurts the feelings of those breaking the law.
Once again, libs find themselves in the enviable position of having to choose sides between members of two of their protected classes. This is always a lose-lose.
Cross-posted at Constitution.com