By Hudson Crozier
What happened: Francisco Oropesa is wanted by the FBI for fatally shooting five people in Texas, one of whom was a 9-year-old boy, leaving three other children covered in blood, after neighbors told him to stop making noise. Federal officials have confirmed that Oropesa, a Mexican, entered the U.S. illegally and has been deported multiple times since 2009, though the exact number of deportations is unclear due to conflicting reports. He was also convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2012.
Why it matters: Illegal immigrants commit violent crimes at a higher rate than the state average in Texas, according to 2021 data that are thought to be an underestimation. President Joe Biden is committed to lowering criminal deportations by 85 percent and has released over a thousand illegal alien convicts and suspects into the country since October. Tragedies like this will likely continue as his administration allows the U.S. border to be more overwhelmed than ever before.
The media’s angle: Rather than concentrating on the killer’s background or Biden’s policies, legacy media coverage has overwhelmingly focused on criticism of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for reporting that some of the victims were also illegal immigrants, with one outlet calling it “dehumanizing.” This follows a recent trend of the media trying to stigmatize the mere mention of someone’s status as an illegal immigrant. Meanwhile, the White House refused to mention the killer’s immigration status and deportation history in a press briefing as Biden avoids responsibility.