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By Michelle Malkin
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Why is gun control the only policy we're allowed to discuss when horrific murders occur? In the liberal mindset, “root causes” of crime begin and end with the Second Amendment. But who pays the price when our public guardians fail to secure our borders, refuse to deport serial criminal offenders and enable drug-crazed menaces to prey upon innocent citizens?

Meet Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia. An illegal alien from Guatemala, he has lived and worked in Fairfax County, Va., for at least 11 years. The region is a notorious “sanctuary” for immigration lawbreakers, where elected officials and big business look the other way for cheap labor and cheap votes.

When he wasn't working illegally in construction, Blanco-Garcia, 27, was building up a lengthy rap sheet. According to Fairfax County court records, Blanco-Garcia has been arrested for public swearing-intoxication (March 2010), petit larceny (September 2011) and concealment-price alteration of merchandise (April 2012).

With the feds granting blanket amnesty waivers by administrative fiat and refusing to fix the deportation abyss, coupled with brazen “don't ask, don't tell” sanctuary policies by local officials, Blanco-Garcia apparently managed to escape detention and deportation for more than a decade.

In December 2012, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force finally caught up with Blanco-Garcia. They detained him after determining “that he was in violation of U.S. immigration law.”

But according to authorities, that was too late for college freshman Vanessa Pham, 19.

After getting her nails done at a Fairfax Plaza salon, she encountered the illegal alien and his infant daughter in the parking lot, according to reports. Allegedly, Blanco-Garcia at the time was strung out on $400 worth of PCP.

Prosecutors provide the following account: Blanco-Garcia asked Pham to take him to a hospital. She let him and his baby into her car. When Pham took a wrong turn, Blanco-Garcia turned on her — stabbing her more than a dozen times with a knife he was carrying. She veered into a ditch; he coldly wiped her blood off his hands with a baby wipe and climbed out of the sunroof with the child.

Police said they found the blade of the murder weapon, with the killer's DNA, under Pham's seat. But for nearly three years, her friends and family agonized as the DNA remained unidentified and the case unsolved.

The investigative break? Illegal alien Blanco-Garcia reportedly continued his criminal havoc and was convicted of larceny in April 2012. By December, law enforcement had tied his fingerprints to Pham's murder.

Blanco-Garcia's trial begins this week.

Blanco-Garcia never should have been here in the first place. After each encounter with law enforcement, he should have been detained, deported and kept out. For good.

If our immigration and entrance system cannot effectively monitor, detain and kick out known America destroyers, how can amnesty-peddling politicians in either party be trusted to provide for the common defense of law-abiding citizens pursuing the American dream?

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).

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