The U.S. Put Migrant Gangbanger with MS-13 Tattoos in Foster Home after Raping, Killing Woman
The teenager who raped and murdered a Maryland woman last summer was a known gang member arrested in his native El Salvador before coming to the U.S. under a special program that welcomes illegal immigrants under the age of 18 and provides them with a multitude of taxpayer benefits. Even after getting charged with homicide federal authorities placed the migrant offender, who sports tattoos displaying affiliation with the famously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), in a foster home with other children. The unbelievable facts of this case are outlined in a congressional report that illustrates how the Biden administration’s radical open border policies allow dangerous criminals into American communities. “DHS did not sufficiently screen this alien for potential gang affiliation at the time of his apprehension or adequately safeguard Americans by ensuring that he would not be released into the country,” a House Judiciary Committee investigation found.
The gruesome crime occurred in July 2022 in Aberdeen, Maryland about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore. A 20-year-old woman, Kayla Hamilton, was raped and murdered by a 16-year-old from El Salvador who entered the U.S. via the Mexican border. DNA evidence collected at the crime scene led police to the young migrant, who turned 17 by the time he was arrested earlier this year. Detectives confirmed then that the perpetrator was an illegal alien and a member of MS-13. Under U.S. law illegal immigrant minors are almost always allowed to remain in the country and are quickly disbursed to a government-funded shelter upon arrival at the southwest border. The government refers to them as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and hundreds of thousands have entered the country in the last few years. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is charged with caring for them and the agency spends millions of dollars annually to house, medically treat, entertain, and school UAC who come mainly from Central America.
In this tragic case—as in many others—the government failed miserably to properly vet the UAC, according to the congressional probe. It found that years before coming to the U.S. the illegal immigrant murderer was arrested in El Salvador for illicit association with the MS-13, a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that has spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism, and other violent crimes. The affiliation should have banned him from the UAC program. Federal authorities also ignored the alien’s gang tattoos, congressional investigators say, and they were not disclosed by HHS in his case file or by the agency’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (OR) at the time of his placement or in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alien file at the time of his apprehension. “In addition to having indications of the alien’s criminality, the alien’s case file also shows that while his homicide charge was pending and after his affiliation with MS-13 was known, authorities placed him in a foster home with other children,” the Judiciary Committee report states, adding that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official expressed concern for the safety of other children present in the foster home with the “violent” migrant.
The teenage gang member was apprehended by Border Patrol in Texas on March 23, 2022, just months before he raped and killed Hamilton. He told authorities that members of his family paid $4,000 to have him smuggled into the U.S. to escape gang-related threats. He was to live with a cousin in Maryland, but a month later the illegal immigrant ran away from that home. His case file provides details about his violent criminal past, congressional investigators write in the report. “Tragically, Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas and his department missed key warning signs about the alien’s propensity for violence, which law enforcement officials investigating the murder later uncovered,” the report says, adding that “the Biden Administration’s disregard for the safety of Americans directly resulted in the tragic and—sadly, preventable—murder of Kayla Hamilton.”
Other UAC have committed violent crimes after Uncle Sam welcomed them into the country, including two teens—one from El Salvador and other from Guatemala—charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at a Maryland public high school. In another case, two 17-year-olds from Central America executed a Massachusetts man by shooting him in the head shortly after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Both had ties to MS-13, authorities disclosed at the time.
Not all aliens are criminals, but even one crime committed against an American by a criminal illegal alien incentivized into this country by the Biden Administration is one too many.House Judiciary Committee Report
Aberdeen Police Report Suspect Arrested for the Murder of Kayla Hamilton
A seventeen-year-old Hispanic male has been arrested for the July 2022 murder of 20-year-old Kayla Hamilton.
An extensive investigation was conducted by the Aberdeen Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, which was assisted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Hamilton’s death was determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to be a homicide by strangulation. Detectives learned from Hamilton’s family that she was autistic and had recently moved to Aberdeen with her twenty-two-year-old boyfriend.
Early in the investigation, a seventeen-year-old male became a person of interest and was later determined to be an undocumented non-citizen from El Salvador. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement verified that he was also listed in El Salvador as a member of Malva Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13). The suspect’s DNA was compared to evidence recovered at the crime scene by the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The test results led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for First Degree Murder on January 14, 2023.
The suspect was apprehended in Edgewood, Maryland, during the early morning hours of January 15, 2023. The Aberdeen Police reported that he was being held without bail at the Harford County Jail.
Post from the Facebook page of Aberdeen Police by the grandmother of the murder victim Kayla Marie Hamilton
This is not meant to be a political statement. It comes from the broken heart of a Nana who loves and misses her granddaughter. I am not against immigration. Most of us are either immigrants ourselves or are descendants of immigrants. All I want to say is that if people coming into our country were properly vetted, a known member of MS-13 would never have been allowed to enter. When we travel to other countries, we are expected to be properly documented, and our backgrounds are checked. We should expect the same of people coming into our country.
Obituary of Kayla Marie Hamilton
Kayla Marie Hamilton, 20, of Aberdeen, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2022. Kayla was born on July 24, 2002, in Chesapeake, Virginia, to Sean Weakley and Tammy Nobles.
Although Kayla was diagnosed with autism, she was determined to live the life she wanted. After moving to Maryland, Kayla found a job that she loved, working for Sephora. Kayla loved her family, especially her mom and baby sister, Emma, and her cat, Oreo. She was a big JoJo Siwa fan and will be remembered for being the kind, loving, trusting, and forgiving person that she was.
Left to cherish her memory is: mother, Tammy Nobles; stepfather, Jeremiah Nobles; father, Sean Weakley; brother, Christopher Mack; sister, Emma Nobles; Nana and Pop Pop, Allen and Cathy Weakley; grandmother, Judy Hamilton; Papa, Jerry; great-grandfather, Russell Weakley; as well as multiple aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and her best buddy, Oreo the cat.
She was predeceased by her grandfather Richard Hamilton, her Great-grandmother, Nana Berk, and her brother Logan.
A celebration of Kayla’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, August 10th, 2022, at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, with burial to follow at Rosewood Memorial Park.
A tragic example of the failure to enforce U.S. immigration law under Secretary Mayorkas’s watch is the murder and sexual assault of 20-year-old Kayla Hamilton in Aberdeen, Maryland, in July 2022.⁸
Kayla was senselessly killed by a 16-year-old illegal alien and MS-13 gang member from El Salvador who was allowed to enter the U.S. as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC).⁹ Local authorities arrested the alien in January 2023.¹⁰ In February 2023, Chairman Jordan and Subcommittee Chairman McClintock demanded information from the Biden Administration about this alien’s entry into the U.S.¹¹
The Committee’s and Subcommittee’s oversight has revealed that the Biden Administration
insufficiently vetted Kayla’s murderer and allowed him to enter the country.¹² Tragically,
Secretary Mayorkas and his department missed key warning signs about the alien’s propensity for violence, which law enforcement officials investigating the murder later uncovered.¹³ The oversight has revealed:
While the alien’s homicide charge was pending and after his affiliation with MS-13 was disclosed, authorities still placed the alien in a foster home with other children presentHouse Judiciary Committee
- Years before coming to the U.S., the alien who murdered Kayla was arrested in El Salvador for
“illicit association” with the dangerous MS-13 gang.¹⁴
- Law enforcement officials investigating Kayla’s murder after the fact verified this information
by merely contacting El Salvadoran officials.¹⁵
- Law enforcement officials investigating Kayla’s murder also noticed the alien’s gang tattoos, a
fact not disclosed in the alien’s case file held by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the time of his placement or in the DHS alien file at the time of his apprehension.¹⁶
- The case note about gang tattoos by law enforcement officials, dated August 2022, came mere months after the alien was in the care of DHS, ORR, and his sponsor.¹⁷
- While the alien’s homicide charge was pending and after his affiliation with MS-13 was
disclosed, authorities still placed the alien in a foster home with other children present.¹⁸
The Biden Administration’s open-borders policies are dangerous and do not prioritize the safety of American citizens. The Department of Homeland Security is failing to perform even the most basic of measures to ensure that the aliens entering the U.S. are not dangerous criminals or known gang members. The Biden Administration’s disregard for the safety of Americans directly resulted in the tragic and—sadly, preventable—murder of Kayla Hamilton.
HHS Secretary Becerra is pushing staff to get migrant kids released to sponsors faster. He often asks why it can’t run like an assembly line. In this leaked video, he berates staff and says, “If Henry Ford had seen this in his plants, he would have never become famous and rich.”
HHS Secretary Becerra is pushing staff to get migrant kids released to sponsors faster. He often asks why it can’t run like an assembly line.
In this leaked video, he berates staff and says, “If Henry Ford had seen this in his plants, he would have never become famous and rich.” pic.twitter.com/EkLIYNz4RG
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) February 25, 2023
See full report below:
Committee and Subcommittee Oversight of Kayla Hamilton’s Murder On February 27, 2023, Chairman Jordan and Subcommittee Chairman McClintock sent letters to DHS Secretary Mayorkas and to HHS Secretary Becerra requesting all case file materials for the unaccompanied alien child arrested in connection with Kayla’s murder.35 While DHS provided the alien file, HHS declined to produce the requested materials in full to the Committee—citing, amazingly, the government’s concern for the privacy of the criminal alien accused of Kayla’s murder. It offered to allow Committee staff to review the alien’s case file in camera with certain redactions. As an accommodation to the HHS, and to obtain the information without undue delay, the Committee and Subcommittee agreed to the in camera review.