Contractor who smuggled illegal labor faces jail: Case called biggest ever

New Message Reply Date view Thread view Subject view Author view Other groups

Subject: Contractor who smuggled illegal labor faces jail: Case called biggest ever
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Feb 23 1999 - 09:52:50 EST


Contractor who smuggled illegal labor faces jail: Case called biggest ever
in state involving undocumented workers
By Hector Gutierrez
The Rocky Mountain News (Denver), February 22, 1999

A labor contractor faces up to 15 months in prison when he is sentenced
Tuesday for smuggling undocumented workers from Mexico to pick corn on the
Western Slope.

Federal immigration authorities called the sentencing of Juan Adame Sainz,
40, their biggest case against a Colorado employer for hiring illegal
workers. In the past they had been stumped because they could arrest only
smugglers or motorists transporting illegal workers, but this is one of the
first times agents have gone up the chain.

"It's one of our first efforts where we have linked smuggling to an
employer," said Troy Henley, supervisory special agent for the Immigration
and Naturalization Service's anti-smuggling unit in Colorado.

Henley said other investigations targeting similar operations are under way
but declined to discuss them. Federal authorities hope the successful
prosecution of Adame will send a message to other ringleaders of smuggling
and employment schemes that they need to abide by U.S. immigration and
employment laws.

Adame's sentencing comes at a time of an unprecedented buildup in INS
efforts to stanch the flow of illegal immigration across the 2,000-mile
U.S.-Mexico border.

But despite big increases in the number of agents patrolling the border,
people from impoverished Latin American and Caribbean nations continue to
slip into the United States. INS officials have estimated the number of
people illegally entering this country annually at 75,000.

According to court documents and a 1997 federal grand jury indictment,
Adame and his wife Teresita, 31, operated a far-flung smuggling jumps about
hereand employment operation.

During the corn harvest, Adame oversaw nearly 100 farm workers,
investigators said.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


New Message Reply Date view Thread view Subject view Author view Other groups

This archive was generated by hypermail 2a22 : Sun Nov 21 1999 - 20:09:35 EST