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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...

Coast Guard Fatality Highlights Desperation of Panga Smugglers

"The death of a Coast Guard crewman after suspected smugglers rammed a U.S. craft shows the rising popularity of sea routes for marijuana and [unauthorized] immigrants." - L.A. Times, Dec. 3, 2012 .

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier

"Profound shifts in economics, demographics and crime are transforming immigration patterns and causing upheaval in Central and North America. After decades in which Mexicans dominated illegal immigration to the United States, the overall number of immigrants has dropped and the profile has changed...

Ex-Border Patrol Agents Sentenced to 30 Years for Smuggling

"Two brothers who worked as Border Patrol agents were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison each for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the United States, crimes that the judge termed a threat to national security. U.S. District Court Judge John Houston sentenced Raul Villarreal on Friday...

Unpub. BIA on Fleuti, Entry, Smuggling, Sec. 237(a)(1)(E)(i)

"[W]e hold that for a lawful permanent resident to be deportable under section 237(a)(l)(E)(i) of the Act, the smuggling offense must have occurred prior to, at the time of, or within 5 years of an "entry" as that term is interpreted in Rosenberg v, Fleuti. ... We conclude that the Fleuti...

CA3 on the Smuggling Bar: Parra-Rojas v. Attorney General

"Petitioner Carlos Parra-Rojas was convicted of Bringing In or Harboring Aliens for Financial Gain, in violation of section 274(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii) and 18 U.S.C. § 2. Petitioner subsequently applied for adjustment of status...

AAO 212(i) Hardship Victory; Mexico, Alien Smuggling, False Claim

Tarik H. Sultan writes: "Applicant, married to U.S. citizen husband with U.S. citizen children, filed adjustment with INA § 212(i) waiver to address pre-1996 false claim to citizenship. USCIS denied adjustment, finding her inadmissible for alien smuggling because her underage brother had also...

Maricopa County Ends 'Self-Smuggling' Prosecutions, Settles Lawsuit

"Maricopa County will pay $675,000 to settle a lawsuit over a controversial policy of prosecuting [unauthorized] immigrants for conspiracy to smuggle themselves into the country. The practice was instituted by Andrew Thomas when he was county attorney and was found to be unconstitutional last year...

Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud

"James Hector Alcala, age 46, a Salt Lake City attorney, will serve 56 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. ... Alcala was indicted in July 2009 along with a Salt Lake City law firm, a property...

Arizona Smuggling Statute Preempted By Federal Law

"A federal judge has voided one of the last remaining sections of the controversial package of anti-immigration laws approved by Arizona lawmakers in 2010. The provision struck down Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton made it a state crime to “engage in the smuggling of human...

Human Smugglers Sentenced to Prison, $1.1M Judgment

DOJ, Sept. 29, 2016 - "54-year-old San Juana Valdez Menchaca and her husband, 57-year-old Julian Perez Perez, were sentenced to 70 months and 33 months in federal prison, respectively, for conspiring to smuggle more than 500 undocumented aliens into the United States announced United States Attorney...

Practice Advisory: Working with Child Clients and Their Family Members in Light of the Trump Administration’s Focus on “Smugglers”

Public Counsel and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., July 2017 - "Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice recently issued memoranda prioritizing the targeting of parents and family members who helped facilitate a child’s illegal entry into the United...

Colorado Supreme Court on Preemption, Smuggling: Fuentes-Espinoza v. People

Fuentes-Espinoza v. People, Oct. 10, 2017 - "This case requires the supreme court to determine whether Colorado’s human smuggling statute, section 18-13-128, C.R.S. (2017), is preempted by the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101–1537 (2017) (“INA”...