The man charged with killing a father and two sons on a San Francisco street last month was one of the youths who benefited from the city's long-standing practice of shielding illegal immigrant juveniles who committed felonies from possible deportation, The Chronicle has learned.
Edwin Ramos, now 21, is being held on three counts of murder in the June 22 deaths of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16. They were shot near their home in the Excelsior district when Tony Bologna, driving home from a family picnic, briefly blocked the gunman's car from completing a left turn down a narrow street, police say.
In neither instance did officials with the city's Juvenile Probation Department alert federal immigration authorities, because it was the city agency's policy not to consider immigration status when deciding how to deal with an offender. Had city officials investigated, they would have found that Ramos lacked legal status to remain in the United States.
Let's put this in plain terms so we all understand what's going on here:
1. A city known for its yuppie element, who are more concerned about hiking and vineyards than about the problems they face in their own city, have decided to enforce a law which essentially contradicts federal immigration statutes. This practice kept a known felon on the streets for years.
2. This offender/felon/illegal immigrant - a known gang member by now - decides to kill a man and his two sons, right in the street, because they were blocking his car from making a left-hand turn.
3. A US Taxpayer, likely born & raised in the United States and maybe even in that very neighborhood of San Francisco, is no longer around, but his murderer is, and it's been realized far too late that the murderer was walking streets that he had no right to be walking in the first place.
A healthier society would do away with these individuals - legal or illegal - and either dispose of them on sight, or send them into a community for murderers. Then again, a healthier society wouldn't tolerate trash like this on its streets, so Mr. Bologna & his two sons would still be alive today had we enforced our own statutes.