Should laws be passed carrying harsher penalties for those crimes against children committed by illegal immigrants? Should they distinguish between them and those guilty of the same crime that aren’t here illegally? Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan believes his bill “The Clay Moore Child Abduction Prevention Act” will make the streets safer for American children. The bill would establish a federal mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison for illegal immigrants convicted of kidnapping a child in the United States.
There’s a term in Spanish for the kind of crime of which Clay Moore was the apparent victim. It’s secuestros express – express kidnappings.
Secuestros express are one way lawless groups in some Latin American countries get quick cash – snatch someone off the street, not necessarily wealthy, and exchange the victim for a quick ransom. Sometimes, for modest-income victims, the ransom is as low as $50, and the captivity just a few hours. But for affluent victims, the ransom can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and the captivity into weeks and months as negotiations stretch on.