America Is Gonna Burn!

Published on January 17, 2022, 7:04 pm
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You should know that these were the words shouted out loud by Winston Glynn, an illegal alien, accused of murdering 19-year-old Kristal Byron-Nieves during an armed robbery in a Burger King in New York City, according to news reports.

As you may know, Kristal Byron-Nieves was working the late shift (01:00 a.m.) at the Burger King in Manhattan, on Sunday January 09, 2022, when Winston Glynn, allegedly came in to rob the place at gun point. Upon doing so he shot Ms. Nieves, killing her and ending her young life.

You should also know that thanks to the great, intense hunt for her killer by the NYPD, in less than one week the perpetrator was captured and identified as Winston Glynn. He was immediately taken into custody and arrested. As he was being taken out of the 25th Precinct in Manhattan he shouted “America is gonna burn!” among yelling other obscenities to the onlookers.

It is important for you to know that Winston Glynn is in this country illegally, an “undocumented” resident in this country. But what makes this case much more tragic is that this young girl’s life could have been saved given that he has a past criminal record. According to news reports he has been previously charged with the following crimes:

  1. In 2017 he was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
  2. In 2018 he was arrested and charged with menacing.
  3. In December 2020 he was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and was set free.
  4. In November 2021 he was residing in a hotel and got into a violent dispute and threatened a person with a screwdriver. He was given a ticket for a desk appearance and with a simple slap on the wrist they let him go free.
  5. And tragically, now, in January 2022, he is arrested and charged with armed robbery and murder.

As you can see, my dear reader, we must ask ourselves why is it that an illegal alien, an individual who should not have been in this country to begin with, who has been arrested and continues to commit crimes is allowed to freely walk the streets of our city? How is it that this individual enters our country illegally, gets arrested several times and is not deported? What is he doing in America to begin with? This young woman did not have to lose her life so tragically, leaving a grieving mother and broken family. Why? What’s the sense? Can someone please help me make sense of this, why was he not deported!?

Now with the new Manhattan District Attorney, Mr. Alvin Bragg, we can only expect crime in our city to get worse. Mr. Bragg has made his intentions to downgrade crimes to misdemeanors, clearly thereby refusing to bring criminals to justice, including armed criminals. As residents of this city, we must be vigilant to ensure that Mr. Bragg does not go soft on Winston Glynn and that Kristal Byron-Nieves, and her family get justice.

It is unacceptable, it is a disgrace that we are allowing illegals to enter our country, break our laws, overwhelm our government programs and institutions, like schools, hospitals, housing, prisons, etc., while those Citizens of this nation must do with less or do without.  When this criminal shouts out so boldly “America is gonna burn!” he shouts it out in our faces, he is not in the shadows. Shame on us for allowing this outrage. What a disgrace!

I am afraid that Winston Glynn’s words that “America is gonna burn!” are prophetic and will become a reality if we continue to allow our elected leaders to prevent the enforcement of our immigration laws, and tying the hands of our law enforcement officers, while forcing us to live with their open border policies that have allowed unvetted individuals like Winston Glynn to walk freely among us.

I am Councilmember Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr. and this is what you should know.


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Councilmember Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr. was born April 22, 1943 and is a U.S. politician and minister. A member of the Democratic Party, Díaz represents the 32nd District in the New York State Senate. His constituency includes the Bronx neighborhoods of Castle Hill, Parkchester, Morrisania, Hunts Point, Melrose, Longwood, and Soundview.