NEWS: US: Motives of Adoption Ring Suspect

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Subject: NEWS: US: Motives of Adoption Ring Suspect
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 03 1999 - 19:02:57 EDT


Motives of Adoption Ring Suspect
By Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, June 2, 1999

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A lawyer accused of smuggling Mexican children into
the United States for illegal adoptions had the best of intentions and was
only trying to help them, his attorney says.

Mario Reyes Burgueno sought to help ``unwanted children of prostitutes in
large measure and very poor people who simply couldn't afford to bring
another child into the world,'' said Reyes' attorney, Ivan Abrams. ``His
intentions were good.''

Reyes, 41, was arrested last week at his home in the border town of Douglas
on charges of fraud and alien smuggling. He allegedly used Mexican women
with legal border-crossing documents to pose as mothers to bring babies
into Arizona.

Federal prosecutors in New York charged Reyes and co-defendants Arlene
Reingold and Arlene Lieberman of Medford, N.Y., with running an adoption
ring that illegally placed 17 Mexican children in American homes for up to
$22,000 per child.

Mrs. Lieberman, 48, and Mrs. Reingold, 47, neighbors on Long Island, were
charged with fraud and conspiracy to violate various immigration laws. They
were released on $150,000 bail.

Federal prosecutor Steve Yarbrough said the government has no plans to
remove the Mexican-born children, who lack INS immigration documents, from
their adoptive parents.

U.S. Magistrate Nancy Fiora heard arguments for and against releasing Reyes
on $50,000 bail at a hearing Tuesday but did not issue a ruling.


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