Scott’s Morning Brew is reporting that a Virginia employer who was convicted of unlawfully employing illegal aliens in his Newport News fishing company was actually sentenced to ninety days in prison. It’s not a huge sentence, but it may be the first time that a Virginia employer is subjected to a prison sentence for violating federal immigration and labor laws. With any luck, this is going to be a wake-up call for those Virginia employers who try to line their pockets with profits gained by employing cheap illegal alien labor to the detriment of Virginia employers who actually follow the rules. Break the law, and go to jail.
And here’s another person who is going to serve a well-deserved jail sentence, courtesy of the Virginia Pilot in Hampton Roads:
The FBI has been investigating Felipe Perez, as he is known, for more than a year and a half, and following reports in The Virginian-Pilot in October 2005 of a swell of car crashes, some fatal, involving unlicensed, undocumented Hispanics driving cars with Tennessee plates.
The agents were led to Mazariegos-Perez, who turns 44 today, after breaking up an Eastern Shore prostitution ring that catered to Hispanic migrant workers, an FBI agent said in a court affidavit unsealed Tuesday. Several people convicted in that case as well as other illegal immigrants became cooperating witnesses in the Perez matter, the affidavit says.
In 2003, the Virginia State Police actually caught Mazariegos-Perez with 19 new Tennessee license plates and 31 new vehicle titles but never charged him.
Now that employers are finally starting to look at potential jail time for breaking the law, a seriously overdue development, perhaps we can get Governor Kaine to start taking seriously the similarly overdue idea that having the Virginia State Police play a meaningful role in protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth from illegal aliens is a good idea. Here’s an illegal alien who is assisting other illegal aliens in obtaining fraudulent license plates and is involved in prostitution rings, and the State Police actually had this guy in their custody back in 2003 and let him go?
Just as we should be putting employers who break the law in jail, we should be ensuring that when we catch an illegal alien engaged in licensing and registration fraud, we don’t just let the guy go. How many people ended up getting injured or killed as a result of this illegal alien helping unqualified drivers unlawfully operate on our highways?
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