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Posner (7th Cir.) on Harboring: U.S. v. Costello

A fascinating opinion sure to generate commentary inside and outside the legal community. Worth reading in full, including the dissent. "A better gloss than “substantial facilitation” would be providing (or offering—for remember that the statute punishes the attempt as well as...

California Couple Sentenced for Smuggling, Harboring Aliens; 'Slave Labor'

"The Filipino workers arrived at LAX believing they had found good jobs caring for elderly patients in picturesque Paso Robles, Calif. But inside the converted ranch-style homes where they cared for aged residents, the immigrants worked 24-hour shifts with few, if any, days off. Their quarters...

Construction Company Owners Sentenced for Alien Harboring, Tax Evasion

"John Cimino, age 55, of Doylestown, PA, Vice-President of LTCI, Limited, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to six months home confinement, twelve weekends in a residential reentry center, and three years of supervised release for tax evasion and conspiracy to conceal, harbor...

ICE Employee Accused of Harboring Immigrants

"A federal immigration-enforcement employee has been arrested and accused of using her home in Douglas to stash [unauthorized] immigrants smuggled across the border into the U.S. Stella Peterson was arrested Aug. 31 after three [unauthorized] immigrants were found in her home on Eighth Street, according...

Guilty Verdict in Federal Harboring Case

"Annie George claimed she never knew the woman who lived with her family for 51/2 years was an [unauthorized] immigrant. A federal jury did not believe her. After eight-to-10 hours of deliberation over two days, the panel convicted George on Friday of harboring 49-year-old Valsamma Mathai, a fellow...

7-Eleven Stores Raided in Human Smuggling Probe, Indictments Unsealed

"Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven convenience stores were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan, including some business-owners who used Social Security numbers of children and dead people on the workers' pay stubs. Most of the defendants were arrested early Monday...

Ninth Circuit Affirms Injunction Barring Implementation of Arizona Harboring Law

"In Valle del Sol Inc. v. Whiting , the Ninth Circuit , in an opinion by Judge Paez (and joined in full by Judge Noonan ) today affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in an action challenging Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2929, which attempted to criminalize the...

New Immigration Hope For Military Dependents, But Enlistment Hurdles Remain

"Kathleen Welker, a spokeswoman for the Army Recruiting Command, confirmed the Army enlistment policy bars applicants who have spouses or children who are in the country illegally. The latest legal opinion from the command was formulated in 2010, according to Welker. “When an applicant...

Army Spokesperson Says Soldiers With Undocumented Spouses Are 'Harboring'

"JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK, BYLINE: Margaret Stock is an immigration lawyer and a nationally known expert in military issues, and her phone has been ringing a lot lately. MARGARET STOCK: There's been a lot of confusion about whether people are allowed to enlist in the military or not. JOFFE-BLOCK...

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

"The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

7-Eleven Harboring Case Yields Big Gulp for ICE: $4.9M

"According to court filings and facts presented in court, the defendants, who owned, managed, and controlled fourteen 7-Eleven franchise stores during the course of the conspiracies, allegedly hired dozens of illegal aliens, equipped them with more than 20 identities stolen from United States citizens...

Ohio Restaurant Owners Charged With Alien Harboring - Law360

"Four owners of an Asian restaurant in Akron, Ohio, have been indicted on immigration charges alleging they employed a number of undocumented workers and paid them less than minimum wage, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Royal Buffet and Grill owners Chau Fang Lam, 56, and Rui Xu, 27, are...

La. Mushroom Farm Forfeits $1M in Harboring Guilty Plea, Post-I-9 Audit: USA v. M.D. Basciani & Sons, Inc.

After an I-9 inspection resulting in the firing of many unauthorized workers, the company rehired workers under different names and/or using false documents. DOJ July 14, 2015 press release here . Factual Basis, Case 2:15-cr-00156-JCZ-JCW Document 16 Filed 07/14/15 here .

MALDEF Files Lawsuit Challenging Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

MALDEF, Jan. 25, 2016 - " MALDEF filed a legal challenge to Texas House Bill 11's immigrant harboring provision, which targets workers at immigrant shelters and landlords who rent to undocumented immigrants. HB 11 creates a new felony offense of immigrant harboring under which individuals can...

Slavery, Visa Fraud & Harboring Charged in Texas: USA v. Nsobundu

DOJ, Feb. 8, 2016 - "A couple residing in Katy has been taken into custody following the filing of a criminal complaint alleging forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien and visa fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu, 56 and...

MALDEF Wins Court Order Blocking Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

MALDEF, Apr. 14, 2016 - " Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the immigrant harboring provision of HB11, which was enacted in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session. Judge Ezra, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled that the plaintiffs were likely...