Removal Of Angel Grandmother From Pima County Supervisors Meeting Sparks Outrage

Angel grandmother Laura Basurto is escorted out of the May 7, 2019 Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting by Chair Richard Elias.

A video showing Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias ordering the removal of a petite grandmother, Laura Basurto, from the May 7, 2019 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has sparked outrage and raised questions.

As she was escorted out of the room, Laura held up an American flag and a picture of her beloved grandson, Fernando Jose Basurto Jr. Fernando was killed on May 19, 2016 at the hands of a man illegally present in the country, just a few days before he was set to graduate from a West Covina high school on May 26, 2016.

Chair Richard Elias responds to the demands of open border activists who signal to him that Laura Basurto must be removed after she says “are you crazy” in a barely audible tone while an open border activist tells supervisors that drugs mostly come through the ports of entry and not where the border is wide open.

Fernando Jose Basurto Jr., 18

Fernando Jose Basurto Jr., an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Thursday, May 19, in the 18400 block of Desidia Street in Rowland Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Basurto, a senior at Walnut High School, was visiting two school friends, who are brothers, at the apartment complex where they lived about 11:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Lt. Eddie Hernandez.

Two Latinos in their early 20s approached and confronted the young men, Hernandez said. One man pulled out a handgun and demanded to know their gang affiliation, he said.

“The two brothers that live there say they’re not from any gang, and the victim never says anything,” Hernandez said. “So the suspect asks a second time, and they deny it a second time.”

At some point, the gunman turned, Hernandez said, “and at that point, one of the brothers sees an opportunity to defend himself and starts punching the suspect. It was very courageous, actually.”

The other brother began punching the second man, Hernandez said, “so we have the two brothers involved a fistfight with the suspects, one armed and one unarmed, and the victim is just standing there.”

Hernandez said the gunman was able to get away from the brother who was hitting him and then fired a shot that struck Basurto, Hernandez said.

Basurto was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head, according to coroner’s records.  The brothers were not injured.

In an interview on KNST’s Garrett Lewis show, Laura’s husband, Fernando Basurto, described the couple’s experience.

It was very clear from the start that Laura’s presence at the meeting was a cause for concern and discomfort for Elias. Fernando noted that Elias had specifically referred to his wife and her flag when he introduced the Call to the Audience portion of the meeting. Elias had singled Laura out and warned her to keep her small thin flag down so it would not block the view of others.

Fernando and Laura had planned to address the Board during the Call to the Audience but were denied that opportunity when Elias had Laura removed.

Fernando questioned why his wife was thrown out, but Isabel Garcia, a radical open borders activist was not. According to witnesses, Garcia caused a ruckus when she claimed that a man had called her a “bitch” and demanded that he be removed. However, nearby witnesses denied her claim and Elias merely warned her to behave herself.

The disparate treatment of the two Latina women has raised questions of fairness.

At the conclusion of the Call to the Audience, the Board voted 3-2 to accept the Operation Stonegarden grant, which funds border security partnership efforts between U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement agencies.

Supervisors Miller, Christy and Bronson voted for the funding.


  1. If the border was not wide open the CBP could do a better job stopping the Drugs they miss Liberals. Oh, wait you are the ones buying the Illegal drugs my bad.

  2. A 68 year-old Catholic childhood friend was found dead in her home in Puma County of stab wounds. Two wounds to the abdomen one with a 6″ two sides blade. It was ruled a suicide by the coroner.

  3. Richard H. you are Red Baiting

    Fact is a illegal killed her grandson. GRANT funds to fight and help protect Americans.
    Not to protect illegals.
    Shut down the border
    You dont want to respect American laws go back to your own country

    How dare you try to turn the tables on this.

    BC your so correct ! They are moral free. zero. zip. Nada.

  4. Richard H. you are Red Baiting

    Fact is a illegal killed her grandson. GRANT funds to fight and help protect Americans.
    Not to protect illegals.
    Shut down the border
    You dont want to respect American laws go back to your own country

    How dare you try to turn the tables on this.

  5. I find both parties behave the same. Kette calling pot black.

    Trump thows out a fellow American because he/she voice disagreement.

    Locally Elias follows same behavior & actions.

    It seems that it only a free country if you agree with them ( D, or R., ) whoever is in public office.

    Elias your horse behind for this foul deed. Elias here what shockng, you behave like same man you hate.

    Amazing just look in mirror. Oops 3 minutes are up.

  6. Chair (what’s in a name) DICK Elias once again showing off his “selective racism”.

    The Oracle

    • I hope she does continue to alert the public to the dangers of these 3rd worlders

  7. It’s hard to believe that most of the Pima County Supervisors are so dedicated to helping illegal aliens break the law they condone murder and eject the victim’s family when they try to protest.

    I’m sure the Supervisors would prefer to send her to a gulag but we’re not quite there yet.

    • Yes, most of them are open border hawks. They simply do not realize the terrible impact on unlimited immigration would do and is doing to our country

      • They know what open borders would do to our country, but they just don’t care because they are only concerned about getting and maintaining the power of their office. The old saying “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” holds true in this case.

  8. I was there and the annoying finger snapping from the “activist” members in the audience during anyone speaking supporting the Stonegarden grant was allowed without even a warning from Supervisor Chair Elias!

  9. The anger, lies, & brainwashing that Isabel Garcia and her
    “activist” loudly demonstrated at the meeting really hit home how corrupt our public education system is all the way from K thru graduate school. I think I can take out public and just say education since most private colleges take public funds. Find a candidate that supports PDJT, get out and work hard or send money. We’ve got to stand up to this cringe worthy group and getting $$$ out of schools would help.

  10. You get what you vote for and Elias is simply a Grijalva clone and damn proud of it. Guess the voters of Pima County are proud to be represented by racists and bigots and fleeced by cronies.

  11. And we proudly keep these hateful racist vermin in the county seats for decades, other than Ally and expect a better outcome.

    If you want this crazy crap to stop, you gotta gets those seats back in the hands of people like Ally Miller to even begin to have a chance at getting this cabal including chuckyshyster gone and getting our county back on track

    • Agree and I don’t know what it’s going to take to get people to make the change. I suspect that if the local media, other than the ADI, actually started reporting this stuff…maybe!!

      It’s either that or most don’t give a s__t

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