When Troy police spotted Miguel Rojas-Villanueva last October, the 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico was passed out behind the wheel of his pickup.
It was 1 a.m., and Rojas-Villanueva was stopped in the center lane of northbound I-75, near Rochester Road, with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the limit at which someone can be convicted of drunken driving.
Six months earlier, authorities had sent him back to Mexico for driving drunk in Troy on a suspended license and cocaine possession.
This time, they took a different tack with the man who has illegally entered the U.S. five times: They prosecuted him in federal criminal court.
He got 12 months in prison, plus deportation and a felony conviction that dashes any hope of legally rejoining his wife, a U.S. citizen, in Rochester Hills.
Officer Kevin Will lost his life when, investigators say, Johoan Rodriguez hit the officer with his vehicle in north Houston, just off the north loop on May 29.
Rodriguez, an illegal immigrant, was drunk and had drugs in his system at the time of the accident, according to court documents.
At about 4 a.m. last Saturday, California National Guardsmen working with the Border Patrol spotted a boat with three men traveling without navigation lights along the San Diego County coast.
Border Patrol Agents and Guardsmen kept an eye on the boat, following it until it landed at San Onofre State Beach at about 5 a.m.
Agents arrested the three men, who they determined crossed the border illegally, as they were unloading 21 bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 1,543.04 pounds and an estimated street value of $925,821.60, according to a news release.
The men, the drugs and the vessel were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
|Panga at San Onofre State Beach
NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) – Newberry County’s sheriff is sending a bill to the federal government. Lee Foster says he is having a problem with an illegal immigrant who keeps breaking the law. He says she needs help but no one will give it to her, and the people who live in his county are paying for it.
The hospital is a place not everyone wants to be, but Foster said it’s just the place Anselma Rico-Matinez needs to be. “The hospital at first didn’t want to see her, because they said there’s nothing they can do for her,” said Foster. “Then she immediately went back into the parking lot and got into trouble again.”
He says he’s seen that trouble time and again. Foster says Rico-Martinez is an illegal immigrant, whom deputies have arrested for disorderly conduct, breaking into a car, shoplifting and assault and battery.
“When she gets in jail, she exhibits signs of mental illness,” said Foster. “Beating herself against the wall.”
So deputies keep taking her to the hospital, and they say the hospital releases her. They’re supposed to do that by law, according to immigration attorney James Smith.
Link to story.
Hey! Fulano has an idea. Deport her. If she was an American in Mexico, how long do you think it would take the Mexicans to figure that out?
TUCSON – Three members of various Mexican street gangs and two individuals with violent criminal histories were apprehended by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector on Friday.
On Friday, Casa Grande Station agents were patrolling near Sells when they apprehended an illegal immigrant who was identified as a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang, according to a release from Customs and Border Protection.
Later that evening, agents from the Ajo Station apprehended another illegal immigrant northeast of Lukeville – he admitted to being a member of the Sueno Street Gang. On Saturday, Naco station agents apprehended an illegal immigrant who admitted affiliation with the 18th Street Gang. All three subjects are being criminally prosecurity for Illegal Entry.
Also on Friday, an illegal immigrant was apprehended near Amado. Records checks revealed the suspect had a prior conviction in Queens, New York for First Degree Manslaughter and Intent to Cause Serious Physical Injury. On Saturday, agents patrolling northeast of Lukeville apprehended a Mexican national with an extensive criminal history from California, including convictions for voluntary manslaughter, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Both subjects are being prosecuted for Re-Entry of an Aggravated Felon.
Link to article.
|Immigrants inside truck
In what is probably the biggest operation to date, Mexican police in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas detained 513 illegal immigrants. Monday night two trucks were x-rayed and revealed the presence of people inside. The truck drivers were told to stop, but they fled, with the police in pursuit.
The police stopped the trucks and found 273 illegal immigrants in one. The people were from El Salvador, Ecuador, China and Japan. In the other truck were 240 illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Nepal, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The two truck drivers were arrested.
According to the drivers, the immigrants paid $7,000 each to be taken to the United States.
Link to article in Spanish.
May 12, 2011 – The National Immigration Institute (INM) announced today that it is relieving all of the people in the organization in seven Mexican states, a process started after Central American immigrants reported that immigration agents were working with organized crime. Several Central Americans rescued last month by the Mexican army reported that INM agents kidnapped them off of buses heading to the US and delivered them to organized crime gangs.
Link to article in Spanish.
|Some of the victims of massacre of Central American immigrants in Tamaulipas last August.
This is what President Obama said in El Paso today:
Ongoing improvements to tighten the border should be accompanied by a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million or so illegal immigrants in the USA.
I want prosperity in this country to be widely shared; I want everybody to be able to to reach that American dream.
When it is translated into Spanish, this is what the people South of the border will hear:
I want everybody to share our prosperity and be able to reach that American dream with a pathway to American citizenship for illegal immigrants.