Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler says he doesn’t wonder if another American will become the victim of a violent crime at the hands of an illegal alien, but rather, when

“I don’t ask myself if it’s going to happen. I just ask when it’s going to happen,” Gahler said, adding that as was recently the case in his own community, it’s often women who are the victims of “this failure of the federal immigration system.” 

The sheriff received notification on Aug. 5, 2023, that a woman had gone missing. Rachel Morin, a mother of five, had left to run errands and to exercise on a local trail, but never returned home. The next day, law enforcement found her body off the trail in a culvert. 

Rachel Morin (Photo: Harford County, Md., Sheriff’s Office)

An investigation involving local, state, and federal authorities was launched, and in June, Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and charged in the rape and murder of Morin. 

Martinez-Hernandez, 23, crossed the U.S. southern border illegally in February 2023, according to Gahler.

“The current administration came in with a message of ‘come to our country, the borders are open,’ Gahler said, adding “way too many people heard that, too many criminals, too many terrorists listen loud and clear, and they did just that.” 

Gahler joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the investigation that led to Martinez-Hernandez’s arrest, and what the Biden administration can and should do to prevent the loss of future American lives at the hands of illegal immigrants. 

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