illegal get 30 years for human trafficking deaths of 9 people

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    House approves levying criminal penalties for human trafficking | Deseret News


    The House has given final approval to a bill that creates state criminal penalties for human trafficking and human smuggling.

    Both crimes are already against federal law. As passed by the Legislature, HB339 creates a state third-degree felony for human smuggling and second-degree felony for human trafficking for forced labor or sexual exploitation. And both crimes would be aggravated to a first-degree felony if they involved death of a smuggled or trafficked person or if they involved sex crimes or victims held against their will for more than 180 days.
     
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    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1111/111130mcallen.htm

    November 30, 2011

    McAllen, TX

    Alien smuggler sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiracy resulting in the death of 9 smuggled aliens

    MCALLEN, Texas — A 43-year-old Mexican national (Meaning a citizen of Mexico) was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Wednesday for alien smuggling that resulted in the death of nine illegal aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Border Patrol, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    Joel Cardenas-Meneses appeared before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Nov. 30. Judge Crane sentenced Cardenas-Meneses to 360 months in federal prison for his role in an alien smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the death of nine people who were being smuggled into the United States.

    According to court records, on Aug. 9, 2004, ICE HSI and CBP responded to a vehicle accident that occurred near an irrigation canal close to Hidalgo, Texas. At the scene, agents found a vehicle that had fallen into an irrigation canal. Inside the vehicle, agents found seven men and two women inside who had drowned. The subsequent investigation revealed that the nine people were illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras.

    During the course of the investigation, agents learned that the juvenile driver of the vehicle had been involved with a group of individuals who included Jose Antonio Arispe-Elizondo and Norberto Garza, both 28 and U.S. citizens, residing in McAllen. The investigation further revealed that Cardenas-Meneses was in charge of recruiting individuals from Central America and arranging their transportation to the Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico area.

    Once in the Reynosa area, Cardenas-Meneses coordinated smuggling the illegal aliens across the Rio Grande River and into the United States. At that point, Joel Cardenas-Meneses' right-hand man, Jorge Hernandez-Hernandez, 40, hired a group of young men to pick up the illegal aliens and transport them to various stash houses that Hernandez-Hernandez had in northern Edinburg, Texas. From there, Hernandez-Hernandez hired numerous individuals to transport the illegal aliens to Houston.
    On the date of the accident, the driver, as instructed, had been driving with his lights off to avoid detection. After making a sharp turn, the vehicle ended up in the canal where the deceased aliens were found.

    In August 2006, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Cardenas-Meneses charging him with conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens as well as 11 counts of transporting illegal aliens. At that time he was living in Mexico, but in February 2011, Cardenas-Meneses was arrested in Houston.
    The federal jury trial began hearing the case on Sept. 19, 2011. Five days later, the jury found Cardenas-Meneses guilty on all counts.

    With the exception of two individuals who remain fugitives, others charged in the indictment have been convicted and sentenced. Arispe-Elizondo and Garza have already been sentenced to 100 and 58 months, respectively. Last year, Hernandez-Hernandez, opted to plead guilty, and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison.

    Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anibal J. Alaniz and Casey MacDonald, Southern District of Texas prosecuted this case.
     
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    Coyotes leavin' immigrants to sink or swim...
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    Mexico: Traffickers abandoning immigrants at sea
    Mon April 29, 2013 - Expert: Maritime crossings into the United States have become a "new frontier"; Every month, Mexico's navy says it rescues about 150 stranded immigrants; As part of a scam, officials say, traffickers leave migrants adrift at sea; 35% of Mexicans in recent survey say they would move to the United States
     
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    Human trafficers whose operations result in deaths ought to be treated in the same way we treat PIRATES on the open seas.

    ALL SLAVERS deserve that treatment, frankly.
     

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