Immigration Rights Activist Robbing Banks American Refuse to Rob

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm
LuisDelagarza

Hey, why blame one bad apple? It’s not like he’s  a Tea Partier where we can smear millions of people at once. Besides, his heart’s in the right place or something.

Hispanic leaders in North Texas are stunned that an accused serial bank robber was once one of their own. Luis Delagarza was arrested for the April robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank, but an FBI Task Force also identified him as the ‘Mesh Mask Bandit’ whose hit 19 banks since New Year’s Eve. The ‘Mesh Mask Bandit’ robbed most of his banks in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch-North Dallas area. But they are also just a few blocks away from Delagarza’s home in Farmers Branch, in a community where he made a name for himself pushing for immigration rights. His arrest has left fellow activists, such as Carlos Quintanilla, in shock.

“Luis Delagarza robbed banks, I guess, to deal with his demons, and that’s a sad story,” Quintanilla told CBS 11. Latinos in North Texas may remember Delagarza as an organizer of protests and marches for immigration rights, like one in Irving in 2007. “So he did some amazing things as a community leader, as a businessman, and all of that was just poisoned by him becoming a serial bank robber,” according to Quintanilla.

Hmm. A “community leader” turned thief? It all seems so familiar.

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8 Responses to “Immigration Rights Activist Robbing Banks American Refuse to Rob”

  1. Neal5x5 on 25/25/13 at 10:40 am

    This is the kind of immigrant we want in America: Proactive, hard-working, thoughtfull and methodical. He defies the stereotype of the lazy immigrant and integrated himself into the community. Why, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the note he passed to the bank teller was written in clear and precise english.

  2. Joseph on 25/25/13 at 10:44 am

    @Juan Hernando Roacho

    Those greedy white Anglos probably didn’t work hard or make any sacrifices to earn the money, so they probably deserved it.

  3. bonhomme on 25/25/13 at 12:13 pm

    “So he did some amazing things as a community leader, as a businessman, and all of that was just poisoned by him becoming a serial bank robber,” according to Quintanilla.

    Quintanilla wants to compartmentalize Delagarza’s public life and his bank robbing life. That’s understandable, but Quintanilla needs to understand Delagarza almost certainly wasn’t a clean businessman or activist.

    An enterprising journalist would do well to check out Delagarza’s other activities to see how he comported himself there. I’d bet the guy has some nasty secrets in all walks of life.

  4. southcoast on 25/25/13 at 4:17 pm

    While Luis may or may not be a card carrying member of a Tea Party organization, until yesterday afternoon he was listed as a member of the Steering Committee at the Hispanic Republicans of Texas website……….That listing has since been removed. Hmm…..