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Rockville rape case becomes politicized

Rockville rape case becomes politicized

I came home one day last week, ready to watch my dose of the evening news and was suddenly appalled at what I saw reporters, well, reporting.

A 14-year-old girl at Rockville High School was allegedly raped by two much older illegal immigrants.

The victim was brutally assaulted in a boys bathroom, at her own high school, by two immigrant classmates, ages 17 and 18. Court records came out and stated the two males pushed her into the boy’s bathroom and raped her inside of a stall.

Maryland police arrested the two males and are charging them as adults. They were charged with one count of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense.

If they are convicted, the crimes carry possible sentences of life in prison.

Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, were part of the 2016 wave of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S, Mexico border illegally.

Sanchez-Milian traveled into the United States separately from Montano and was apprehended by border agents. Border agents gave the teens notices to appear in immigration court.

As required by law, the two teens were released to the Department of Health and Human Services, which later released them to guardians in Maryland, where the teens enrolled at Rockville High School.

From Montgomery County, then Washington, D.C., and all the way down to Texas, this story has made national news.

In response to a reporter’s question at Tuesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, called the crime “shocking, disturbing, horrific.”

“I think part of the reason that the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this,” he said.

Rockville is considered a “sanctuary city”. This means that the city will permit residences by illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation.

The City of Rockville, for many years, has had a policy in place that directs their police officers not to ask about an individual’s immigration status during interactions.

These two teens did not need to provide any documentation when they enrolled at Rockville High School.

My parents, however, had to provide my birth certificate, school transcripts, proof of immunization, who my doctor was, and proof of my new address when I moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland.

Why should I have to provide that documentation and the illegal immigrants don’t? I’m a U.S citizen, born and raised, yet I have to provide that?

These two males are illegal immigrants, but since they were moved to a sanctuary city, they had the protection to not be deported. That’s appalling to me.

They were apprehended by border control, yet they stayed here illegally.

When this story came out there were a lot of questions about how this story was being covered.

“This is about a poor girl who is the victim of sexual assault. How can the media make it about immigration?”

Since this story was first reported, follow up articles were mostly about the problem with illegal immigration, not about the victim.

Is that so wrong, though? Think about it.

In the general public, there are about 321,500 Americans, 12 and older, who have been sexually assaulted or raped.

I understand the cruelty of rape and the psychological damage it does to the victim.

In this case, however, would this rape crime have actually happened to the victim if the illegals weren’t allowed into the country? My thinking? Probably not.

Even though sexual assault is, sadly, common in the United States, I don’t believe this would have happened to the victim if they weren’t allowed into the school.

There were no background checks, no transcripts or birth certificates, nothing. Yet those two immigrants were allowed to enroll at Rockville.

This rape happened because the males were part of a sanctuary city and they were protected from being deported.

Would this rape have happened if the students were deported? Would it have happened if there were background checks conducted? I highly doubt it.


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Kiley Hill, Social media managing editor
Kiley Hill is currently a senior at Middletown High School and previous managing editor for Round Table Media. This is her sixth and final semester in journalism and her third year a part of the Quill & Scroll International Honor Society. In 2017, Kiley won first place for the Kate Leckie Excellence in News Writing award and third place for Best Online Blog/ Column. Kiley is a Washington Journalism and Media Conference alumni. Also, she was nominated for a broadcast and photography convention in New York City. Kiley is an intern for the Frederick News-Post and will continue her experience in journalism as an intern for the adviser next semester. Kiley plans to become a broadcast reporter for a major news outlet after her plans to attend The Pennsylvania State University. Kiley is known for her loud laughter and constant smile. She values time with her family over anything. Kiley’s best friends are her dogs Jaynah and Amber, who enjoy long walks, Busy Bones and Friday night cuddles. Kiley knows she will have a successful career in journalism.

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