Human trafficking, you heard that right.
Human TraffickingFirst it was Fast & Furious where the Obama administration ended up supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels and one of those guns was used in the murder of Brian Terry, a US Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona. The administration, from top to bottom, is still stonewalling the Congress on that investigation.
It looks like the Department of Homeland Security has a new gig with the cartels. Human trafficking. It’s sure a good thing that Janet Napolitano, former head of DHS and now leading the University of California, sealed the Mexican border with the help of John McCain.
A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas [found DHS] to have actively undermined that security [of the US border with Mexico] by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children.
[The order details a] guilty plea from Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez for attempting to smuggle a 10-year-old El Salvadorean female into the United States. Nava-Martinez was being paid to smuggle the child from Matamoros to Virgina, but was caught at a Brownsville checkpoint. The order describes Nava-Martinez as a resident alien living in the United States while traveling back and forth to Mexico. This charge is her second felony offense in the U.S. in the past three years. She committed food stamp fraud in 2011.
Nava-Martinez was hired by Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, the mother of the 10-year-old who was smuggled. Salmeron-Santos is also living illegally in Virginia after being denied legal entry into the U.S. in 2001.
To summarize the judge’s finding,
Santos applied for a US visa in 2001, she was denied entry into the US;
Santos illegally came into the US from Mexico and has been living in Virginia;
Her 10 year old daughter was living in Mexico;
Nava-Martinez is a legal resident alien from Mexico living in the US;
She was hired and paid by Santos to smuggle her daughter from Mexico into the US;
Nava-Martinez has a previous felon conviction for food stamp fraud in 2011.
Santos and Nava-Martinez entered into a criminal conspiracy to bring the daughter to Virginia;
She was caught at a border checkpoint in Brownsville, TX.
So far so good.
The Border Patrol stopped a human smuggling operation, arrested the smuggler – a Mexican national with previous felony convictions in the US – and found another Mexican national who has been living illegally in Virginia since 2001.
You’re guessing we’re going to tell you about prison sentences and deportations, right? Wrong, we are writing about the Department of Homeland Security, after all.
Here’s Judge Hanan’s finding:
The criminal conspiracy instigated by Salmeron Santos [the mother in Virginia] was temporarily interrupted when Nava-Martinez [the professional human trafficker] was arrested. Despite this setback, the goal of the conspiracy was successfully completed thanks to the actions of the United States Government. The Court is quite concerned with the apparent policy of the Department of Homeland Security (hereinafter “HHS”) of completing the criminal missions of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped the Defendant at the border inspection point. She was arrested, and the child was taken into custody. The DHS officials were notified that Salmeron Santos instigated this illegal conduct. Yet, instead of arresting Salmeron Santos for instigating the conspiracy to violate our border security laws, the DHS delivered the child to her–thus successfully completing the mission of the criminal conspiracy. It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her. This DHS policy is a dangerous course of action.
Are you feeling secure yet? If you are, we’d encourage you to visit our home state, Arizona. We can dispel any sense of security you might be feeling.
Judge Hanan wasn’t through, his finding continues…
The DHS, instead of enforcing our border security laws, actually assisted the criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals. The Government’s actions were not done in connection with a sting operation or a controlled delivery situation. Rather, the actions it took were directly in furtherance of Y.P.S.’s [the little girl's] illegal presence in the United States. … In summary, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the Government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct.
OK, you may be saying, this is an outlier. There’s something The Curmudgeon isn’t telling us. There was some special circumstance to this tale of woe.
You can take it up with the Judge.
This is the fourth case with the same factual situation this Court has had in as many weeks. In all of the cases, human traffickers who smuggled minor children were apprehended short of delivering the children to their ultimate destination. In all cases, a parent, if not both parents, of the children was in this country illegally. That parent initiated the conspiracy to smuggle the minors into the country illegally. He or she also funded the conspiracy. In each case, the DHS completed the criminal conspiracy, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, by delivering the minors to the custody of the parent illegally living in the United States….
[T]here is no explanation. The DHS has simply chosen not to enforce the United States’ border security laws.
Here’s the point we want to leave you with.
Human TraffickingSpeaker John Boehner is going to make sure that some sort of “immigration reform” comes to the floor of the House in 2014. Barack Obama needs a victory going into the election season next fall and the Republican leadership is scared to death of the immigration amnesty lobby. Heck, they’re scared to death of everything but the Tea Party.
The Senate bill that passed earlier this year will almost certainly be used as a model for a group of bills that will take up individual elements of the comprehensive bill despite Boehner’s insistence that a “comprehensive bill” won’t be voted on. Boehner and the Republican leadership are going to sell the nation out one bill at a time.
The problem is that the comprehensive bill, and certainly anything passed by the House, will rely on language that gives the Department of Homeland Security the unilateral ability to determine whether milestones have been met to first legalize some 12-15 million illegal aliens currently in the US. They will also unilaterally have the ability to determine if the milestones required for citizenship (and voting rights) have been met.
That would be the same Department of Homeland Security that has “simply chosen not to enforce the United States’ border security laws.”
We need to vigilant and stand against the coming wave that wants to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and then allow them to bring in another 25 million plus family members from Mexico.