UConn police identified Cruz-Lopez through surveillance cameras and his UConn swipe card, according to a warrant. Police also installed extra cameras to help them find the vandal, reported the Hartford Courant.
Cruz-Lopez was arrested on May 7 and released without having to post bail – and is no longer enrolled at UConn.
‘I did the graffiti,’ he wrote in his police statement.
‘I am open to entering into a conversation about restitution.’
According to arrest paperwork, Cruz-Lopez is a community organizer for CT Students for a Dream, an organization that advocates on behalf of undocumented immigrants and has described himself as one too.
He has not yet entered a plea to the charges and is not represented by a lawyer. He is due back in Superior Court in Rockville on June 14.
One of the arguments we tend to hear frequently about illegal immigrants is that the crimes they commit would have been committed by someone else who was a citizen, or they point to a citizen who committed a specific crime that is similar to a crime committed by an illegal and says, “Look at that! We do it, too!” This type of logic is fallacious and misrepresents the argument and point that we are trying to make.
We cannot deal with crimes committed by American citizens when we have to simultaneously deal with crimes committed by illegal immigrants from the international community. Simply put, we can (reluctantly) deal with the crimes our citizens commit, but it is unnecessary and uncalled-for to have to deal with crimes committed by an illegal. It is a waste of money and time, and if one person pees in the pool, yes, everyone swimming has to pay for it.