The headline almost defies comprehension and draws a second read before it inspires rage, but it is, unfortunately, true.

A Mexican illegal, who is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl while traveling through Kansas on a Greyhound bus, had been deported from the United States ten times and voluntarily removed an additional nine times since 2003, according to records obtained from Department of Homeland Security.

Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 38, had been thrown out of the U.S. a total of 19 times in 13 years, but in Obama’s America, he was free to roam the country, find his way onto public transport, and rape a child.

The horrifying details of the crime that occurred on September 27 have not yet been released to the press, but the simple fact that it occurred at all has served to underscore the urgent need not for immigration reform, but for a complete and total overhaul of the system, including enforcement that would keep Martinez-Maldonado and his ilk out of the U.S. permanently.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, co-signed by Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, about the “extremely disturbing case” demanding to know how and why Martinez-Maldonado was able to repeatedly enter the country.

Records show Martinez-Maldonado was sentenced in U.S. District Court of Arizona to serve 60 days and 165 days for two misdemeanor convictions for entering without legal permission.

Apparently the short sentences, the last in 2015, failed to deter the illegal from repeating the offense.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a detainer on Martinez-Maldonado, requiring Geary County authorities to turn him in the event he is released for any reason.

Compliance with such detainers is the subject of so-called “sanctuary cities” that openly defy federal law and ICE requests in order to provide protection for illegals, but there is no reason to suggest Geary County would fight the request.

Official studies show that 52 percent of all federal prosecutions ending in Fiscal Year 2016 on September 30 were for illegal entry or re-entry and other violations of federal immigration law.

Maldonado-Martinez will be in court next for a status hearing on the rape case scheduled for January 10, 2017.

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Source: AP

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