The man who fired upon people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan was an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who built up a lengthy rap sheet and managed to avoid deportation.
According to an official who spoke with the New York Times, a federal immigration judge ordered Luis Manuel Vasquez Gomez to be deported in 1995 because of his long list of criminal convictions. Vasquez, however, successfully appealed the order and received a deportation waiver in 2017.
Vasquez came to the United States legally in 1976 and grew up near the cathedral. He had been living in the Bronx with his mother prior to his crime and death. His history of previous crimes included cutting a man’s hand, attempting to sell drugs to an undercover officer, and shooting at a group of officers and an unidentified woman.
Vasquez’s sister maintains that his prison experience in the 1990s, which included solitary confinement and an episode of severe beating by prison guards, and the loss of his subsequent legal resident status turned him perpetually angry and emotionally distant. She also cited the COVID-19 lockdown as a factor that recently pushed him over the edge.
As for the shooting, Vasquez did not harm anyone but refused to drop his gun when NYPD officers arrived at the scene. That’s when they shot him, and he later died in the hospital. NBC New York says Vasquez carried a note saying that he planned to take hostages and accused the United States of “robbing” Latin America.
He was also wearing a hat and mask depicting the Dominican Republic flag during the shooting, which took place after a Christmas concert held at the cathedral.
Tariq Nasheed Calls Out Joe Biden’s Amnesty Plan
Some on the Left are not down with Joe Biden’s mass migration agenda.
The social commentator Tariq Nasheed has been a major skeptic of Joe Biden’s ascent to the presidency of the U.S. Biden has already put forward an amnesty bill that would legalize 11 million illegal aliens, which is now bringing back this controversial debate to the fore.
On January 19, 2020, Nashed tweeted, “Question for the Biden supporters: Can you name ONE BENEFIT that Foundational Black Americans will gain from Biden prioritizing 11 million undocumented immigrants coming into the country? That’s a simple question that no one seems to answer.”
Question for the Biden supporters:
Can you name ONE BENEFIT that Foundational Black Americans will gain from Biden prioritizing 11 million undocumented immigrants coming into the country?
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) January 19, 2021
Nasheed is an advocate for Foundational Black Americans (FBAs), blacks who were brought to the country as slaves and who have resided in the country ever since.
Nasheed is an immigration skeptic, who views migrants as scab labor that depresses the wages of FBAs while also diluting public assistance for FBAs, as numerous migrant groups push for their own ethnic-based handouts at the expense of FBAs and Founding Stock Americans.
It is often forgotten that there is a strong tradition of immigration restriction among blacks in America that goes back to the days of Booker T. Washington all the way to Barbara Jordan’s efforts to restrict immigration in the 1990s. Before the advent of the welfare state, there was a strong ethnic consciousness in the black community that propelled it to build its own businesses, churches, schools, and other institutions. On top of that, blacks developed an independent identity that viewed foreigners, especially those who came to undercut domestic black labor, with skepticism.
Although Nasheed is a known race hustler, his views on immigration are a breath of fresh air. There was once a time when the Left used to oppose immigration on labor grounds. But now, thanks to how pro-corporate the contemporary Left has become, it has fully embraced the mass migration agenda.
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