One of President Donald Trump’s “bad hombres” is going to federal prison and then back to Mexico over a deadly human smuggling scheme.
Pedro Silva-Segura, a Mexican national involved in a transport operation that ended in the deaths of 10 illegal aliens in San Antonio, was sentenced to nine years behind bars.
Himself an illegal alien who has been deported 15 times from the U.S., Silva-Segura took a plea deal that capped his sentence.
“(He’s the) poster child for President Trump,” U.S. District Judge David Ezra said at sentencing Wednesday. “This is not a good thing.”
Ezra said he would have sentenced Silva-Segura to 30 to 40 years, but the plea bargain tied his hands.
Silva-Segura, 47, ran a stash house for a Mexican cartel in Laredo. In December 2017, more than 100 illegals were stuffed into an un-air-conditioned 18-wheeler and transported north.
Defense attorney Adriana Arce-Flores said her client was just a small cog in a much larger criminal enterprise. “I’m hopeful that the government will continue an investigation into this case to get the people that should be (in federal court),” she said.
Investigation of the pre-Christmas incident was hobbled from the outset when San Antonio Police Chief William McManus allowed the release of illegal aliens who should have been detained as material witnesses.
A Department of Homeland Security report said the chief turned away a Homeland Security Investigations agent at the scene, saying he did not want HSI to “scare people.”
The driver of the rig, 61-year-old James Matthew Bradley, Jr., was previously sentenced to life in prison for transporting illegal aliens resulting in death, the same charge as Silva-Segura.
Silva-Segura will be deported — for the 16th time — after serving his prison term.
In another smuggling case that ended in San Antonio, a man charged with hauling more than 50 illegal aliens from the Mexican border in a refrigerated truck last summer was sentenced to at least 70 months in federal prison.
Gerardo Carreon, 36, of Laredo, pleaded guilty to illegally transporting migrants for money.
This article first appeared in ImmigrationReform.com on October 12, 2o18. Ed.
Bob Dane, is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)’s Executive Director. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration.
Illegal Aliens on a Texas-Sized Crime Spree
by Bob Dane
An illegal alien was sentenced last week to five years in prison for trying to drown a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a Texas creek. Add it to the fast-growing rap sheet of serious crimes committed by illegals in the Lone Star State.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), more than 264,000 criminal aliens were booked into local jails between June 1, 2011, and Aug. 31 of this year. Of those, some 177,000 were classified as illegal aliens by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Over the course of their criminal careers in Texas, the 177,000 illegal aliens were charged with more than 442,000 crimes, including 977 homicide charges; 49,990 assault charges; 14,359 burglary charges; 57,140 drug charges; 656 kidnapping charges; 27,574 theft charges; 39,445 obstructing police charges; 3,374 robbery charges; 5,332 sexual assault charges; 3,258 sexual offense charges; and 6,448 weapon charges.
Thus far, those charges have resulted in more than 205,000 convictions, including 454 for homicide; 21,511 for assault; 7,445 for burglary; 29,663 for drugs; 266 for kidnapping; 13,050 for theft; 19,946 for obstructing police; 1,850 for robbery; 2,816 for sexual assault; 1,751 for other sexual offenses; and 2,886 weapons convictions.
Breaking down the numbers, illegal aliens were arrested for criminal acts at the astounding rate of more than 60 per day. (Some were repeat offenders apprehended on multiple charges.)
Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback says transnational cartels that smuggle drugs and humans across the Mexican border are largely responsible for Texas’s crime surge.
“What the cartels have been able to accomplish is astounding. There’s not a county that isn’t affected by a criminal element of the cartel,” Louderback said. “The border has never been controlled by the Mexican government or the American government. It’s owned and operated by the cartels.”
In 2017, Texas became the first state to ban sanctuary cities. Yet the alien crime spree continues apace.
Open-borders enthusiasts at the Cato Institute claim that illegal aliens commit crimes at a lower rate than U.S. citizens. Such assertions, eagerly echoed in the national media without verification, are debatable since Texas is the only state that publishes convictions of illegal aliens for specific crimes.
Ultimately, the debate is pointless. A single criminal act by an illegal alien is one too many. And, as the DPS data show, criminal activities by illegal aliens are rampant. None of these thousands of Texas crimes would have occurred without the offending alien being in Texas to begin with.
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This article first appeared in ImmigrationReform.com on September 19, 2018