12 suspects of migrant smuggling and money laundering arrested

Crime was once again stopped when 10 men and 2 women were arrested for migrant smuggling and money laundering. In addition, in this opera...

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  • Crime was once again stopped when 10 men and 2 women were arrested for migrant smuggling and money laundering. In addition, in this operation to stop migrant smuggling, more materials were confiscated that will serve as support in the case.
  • Those in charge of the arrests state that the smuggling of migrants occurs due to the criminal activity being very profitable.
  • The city of New Jersey already plans to end its relationship with ICE,

Los Angeles, Jun 15 (EFE News) .- Twelve individuals, all Hispanic, were arrested for allegedly belonging to a complex organization of migrant smuggling and money laundering on the border between Arizona and Mexico, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) reported on Tuesday. On June 10, agents from the Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), an ICE unit, arrested the group of 12 Hispanics, ten men and two women, on suspicion of belonging to a network of migrant smuggling, the statement detailed.

The detainees are Manuel de Jesús Ochoa-Vásquez, 38; Carlos Barrón-Arredondo, 46; Isaac González-Matul, 34; Óscar Roberto Mejía-De León, 25; Saúl Martínez-Mercado, 35; Argeo Mendoza-Gálvez, 48; Rolando Cota-Leyva, 39; David López-Laurean, 30; Ronaldo Garde-Cienfuegos, 40; Juan Manuel Osorio-Félix, 36; Fabiola Flores-Gálves, 46; and Sandra Cuevas-Montesinos, 45.

Human trafficking and migrant smuggling is cruel

12 suspects of migrant smuggling and money laundering arrested

In addition to making the arrests, in the operation the federal authorities seized more than a million dollars, six firearms and more than 500 rounds of ammunition. According to indictments made in District Court in the city of Tucson, Arizona, this human trafficking organization had allegedly been operating in the desert areas of Green Valley, Three Points, and Tohono O’odham Nation.

All of them face charges of conspiracy to transport and house undocumented persons. Five of the suspects are also charged with child smuggling. Scott Brown, special agent in charge of HSI in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, highlighted in the statement that “it is clear that these individuals were driven by greed.” HSI encouraged the public to report any suspicious migrant smuggling activity. EFE News

New Jersey is closer to ending its relationship with ICE


New York, Jun 3 (EFE News) .- A coalition of organizations in New Jersey has asked the state Legislature to vote on the bill that would end public or private contracts with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service ( ICE) after the proposal passed the green light of committees in the Assembly and Senate. The New Jersey Alliance for Justice of Immigrants (NJAIJ, in English) applauded that the bill was approved this Wednesday by the Law and Public Safety Committee of the Assembly after the counterpart text in the Senate did the same last week.

The Senate version has been referred to the Budget and Appropriations version, which has the opportunity to meet up on June 10, the group said in a statement in which they asked that the proposal be voted on in both houses before the end of the current legislative period, at the end of June. “It is not an exaggeration to say that New Jersey’s association with ICE is deadly.

The consequences of ICE abuse


Retaliation, abuse and neglect of detainees have resulted in infections, permanent injuries and death, “said Amy Torres, executive director of the Alliance. He claimed that ICE’s detention “circumvents the constitutional guarantee of due process” and regularly operates “in bad faith” to disproportionately trap people of color and poor immigrants.

“The moral mandate to ban business with ICE grows more urgent with each passing day. While we celebrate the vote of the Committee (of the Assembly), the legislature must continue to act quickly to guarantee that no new contracts are signed, ”he also said in the statement. The author of the project, Assemblyman Gordon Johson, indicated in the same statement that the treatment and “politicization” of immigrants and their families under the administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) was “shameful, inhuman and anti-American” and He assured that “there is no place for the detention of people” in this state due to their immigration status. For Carlos Sierra, who was detained at the Essex County ICE facility, the proposal before the state legislature “symbolizes what New Jersey should stand for.” In his opinion, it is a step forward to end the state’s involvement with an “inhuman” detention system. EFE News

Trump policies caused 90% of the drop in ICE deportations

ICE New York prosecutors convene grand jury for Trump investigation
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

New York, May 27 (EFE News) .- Deportations under the new administration of the president Joe biden have been reduced by 10% but the downward trend in monthly removals made by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) had already begun as a result of the immigration policies of the Donald Trump Government (2017-2021), of according to data from the Cato Institute released this Thursday.

The number of deportations by ICE fell to 2,962 last April from 28,118 in October 2019. Trump’s changes to compliance policies laws Immigration accounts explain 90% of the decline during that time and the actions taken by the new president can explain 10%. The Cato Institute explains that a large number of ICE deportations are arrests made by the Border Patrol.


Injustices by ICE

It stands out that in fiscal year 2020 (from October 2019 to September 2020), 66% of all removals were immigrants detained by the Border Patrol and turned over to ICE for that process. The remainder were arrests made by ICE. However, he recalled that as a result of the health crisis caused by covid-19, the Trump Administration launched in March 2020 the Title 42 rule, which allows the rapid expulsion to Mexico of migrants, even if they are not Mexicans, who arrive at the border in search of refuge.

This meant that the Border Patrol was sending fewer people to ICE for deportation, so the number of removals by this agency was significantly reduced. That is why by April 2020, after a month of validity of Title 42, deportations fell to 9,992 from the 19,249 registered in March, a reduction of 48%.



Administrative arrests made by agents from ICE’s Detention and Deportation (ERO) unit also collapsed for the same reason, dropping from 10,431 in March 2020 to 5,793 in April, a 45% reduction, according to Cato data. They also indicate that there was a great decline that was from 28,118 in October 2019, prior to covid-19, to 5,583 in January of this year and that the decline continued to reach 2,962 in April.

The institution concludes that in his first three full months in the White House, Biden recorded a 60% drop in deportations compared to Trump’s last three months in office. The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization that conducts independent studies based on the principles of individual freedom, limited government, and free markets. EFE News

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