Precinct 333

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Marriage May Mean Jail For Border Patrol Agent

Immigration Enforcement Agent Ramon M. Sanchez Jr. makes his living by enforcing our nation's immigration laws. Unfortunately, he fell in love with a border jumper. Rather than do his job, he married her while fully aware of her immigration status.

Now Sanchez is facing jail for violating the vry laws he swore to uphold.

Immigration Enforcement Agent Ramon M. Sanchez Jr., 41, was charged Tuesday with harboring an illegal alien. Sanchez married the woman, Flor Liliana Velasco Barrera, on Feb. 25 of this year. But as early as last November he knew she was a Mexican citizen who was not authorized to live or work in the United States, even though she had been in the country for the past four years, authorities said.

Sanchez, whose work involves transporting detainees and doing other support services for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, was arrested Monday and could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dude -- what were you thinking? You knew her immigration status, and you didn't report it. Not only that, you helped her stay here illegally. Were you not aware that both actions were crimes? Or did you, in your arrogance, think the law didn't apply to you?


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