Pemptively Forging Amnesty Documents

This comes from the Washington Times (Amnesty’ fake papers pledged in wiretap):

The head of a Mexican forgery ring was convinced he could make phony documents that illegal aliens could use to indicate fraudulently that they were eligible for a new amnesty, says a government affidavit recounting wiretapped phone calls the man made.

Julio Leija-Sanchez, who ran a $3 million-a-year forgery operation before he was arrested in April, was expecting Congress to pass a legalization program, which he called “amnesty,” and said he could forge documents to fool the U.S. government into believing illegal aliens were in the country in time to qualify for amnesty, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent said in the affidavit.

In recounting a wiretapped telephone conversation, ICE agent Jason E. Medica said he heard Mr. Leija-Sanchez tell an associate the forgery ring could “fix his papers” to meet the requirements of a legalization program such as the bill the Senate is debating today.

Mr. Leija-Sanchez also used his forgery ring to help smuggle illegal aliens into the country on the understanding they would work for his criminal enterprise. He was arrested on charges of forgery and conspiracy to commit murder.

There are more details about how widespread this ring was, and how it relates to the amnesty bill, at the above link. The operation made a good chunk of money and it was NOT on fake documents for amnesty. What might it be on? My guess (with a very high degree of certainty) would be fake and stolen identities illegal immigrants require to work (plenty of information available here, too).

Yet our Senators feel no shame in preventing Homeland Security (DHS) from even informing victims of such theft (with a $10,000 fine punishment for anyone who dares tell you your child’s identity was breached) or of making the information immediately available to law enforcement agencies. They seem content to leave victims holding the bag to clean up the mess. Currently, the identity thieves will be granted a Z visa etc as they will have no record of the crime IF DHS runs a background check.

The only puzzling thing about the above article is that I’m not so sure the amnesty docs would be that lucrative. Currently, the bill only requires a non family member sign an affidavit saying you were in the country prior to the cut-off date. Let’s face it, illegal immigrants entering after that date (and well after this bill passes) are not going to have much of a problem getting someone to sign the form (I’ll bet Coyotes will include that as part of the crossing “package”). I also don’t see how anyone is going to have time to determine that the forms were signed by a non family member or if the signing person themselves have legal status (or even trying to enforce such falsified forms) when millions are being turned in.

In the meantime, Senators are busy trying to find a way to shut up the “loud people” on matters they disagree with despite what the 1st Amendment states.

Related: Man [illegal immigrant] who assumed identity of serviceman gets 2 years in prison (found on “Read This“).

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