Monday, July 18, 2005

A Tragedy on So Many Levels

Heather MacDonald at Michelle Malkin's Immigration Blog has an update on the shootout between Jose Raul Pena and the LAPD at his car lot. During the shootout, Mr. Pena used his 18-month-old daughter as a human shield. Tragically, his daughter was caught in the crossfire and killed.

Ms. MacDonald blogs about the Monday-morning-quarterbacking going on in the Hispanic community and the repercussions for the LAPD. My question is who provided Mr. Pena the loan for his car lot? Here is a man who is not just an illegal alien from El Salvador, but one who had been deported previously for cocaine possession. As Ms. MacDonald points out, Mr. Pena was an illegal felon. How does someone like that get a bank loan? Who was the loan officer? Which bank? Can they be charged with aiding an illegal felon and fined? What kind of scrutiny do they give to prospective business clients?

Tequila and cocaine were found in a drawer in Mr. Pena's desk. What a surprise--NOT! I would not be surprised if there were more to this story--and to Mr. Pena's activities.

In the meantime, my prayers for the repose of the soul of Susie Pena.

(H/T: Heather MacDonald. Link: