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Are undocumented Central American minors safer in Montgomery County?

The undocumented immigration lobby has long used children in its public relations campaign to shame Americans into “reuniting families” or “providing safe havens.” But is the United States safe? Gangs are using children to kill near our nation’s capitol.

A man and a boy were charged July 31 in a suburb of Washington, D.C., with attempting to murder a woman who they suspected revealed information about gang activity to the police. What is most heinous about this crime is the Lil R, aka la Raza gang used a 13-year-old to allegedly do the shooting, according to Montgomery County, MD, police.

Two women were texting the gang members in Wheaton, MD, July 30, according to a police report. Eber Umanzor, 19, got out of his SUV to talk to the women. His young crony ducked out on the other side into some bushes. When the victim saw the kid with the gun she ran. He knocked her down with a shot in the back; he then closed in and shot her several times and took her mobile phone, police say.

The victim was released from a hospital after treatment. Umanzor was charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to use a firearm in the commission of a felony. The 13-year-old boy faces juvenile charges related to attempted murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and handgun offenses, police said.

Montgomery County is known as a sanctuary county by proponents of enforcing immigration laws because law enforcers are barred from asking people about their immigration status. If the county does not know, it cannot report these findings to federal officials.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said unaccompanied, undocumented children reaching the U.S. border with Mexico have a history of being placed in the county and he was willing to welcome more just a day before the shooting. “My view is, these are minors. We need to do what is compassionate, what is right, what is moral, what is ethical and we’re going to do that,” he said. “We would not want to turn kids away, especially in times of great need and trauma in their lives and I’m not going to do that.”

Authorities thought they had broken la Raza gang in 2013 when its leader, Andres Cortes, was sentenced to 15 years after taping and approving of a gang rape. More than 20 members of Lil R had been found guilty of crimes ranging from burglary to murder, at that time.

With President Obama requiring states to hold recent unaccompanied children some fear gang involvement could get worse in the United States. Virginia took 2,234 of the illegals between Jan. 1 and July 7, Maryland 2,205 and DC 187. Twenty-five more are headed to Montgomery County, an unknown number are headed to Prince George’s and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) asked the White House to not send any to Carroll County.

This comes at a time polls show U.S. citizens have had enough. Fifty-one percent of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally can be sent back to their home countries by Border Patrol agents without going through a deportation hearing., according to an AP/GfK poll last week. Two-thirds of Americans said illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that’s up 14 points since May.