On Thursday December 20th, the U.S. Attorney's Office Thursday charged Jose Hernan Moreno-Sevilla with one count of each of bringing in illegal aliens and harboring illegal aliens. Also charged with harboring is Alejandro M. Meza, who is married to a sister of Hernan's wife. The two men allegedly housed undocumented immigrants at residences they own in Utah County. A county database check shows Hernan owns about 10 residences and Meza about six.
One of the victims, a Peruvian citizen, claims he worked six days a week, about 12 to 14 hours a day, and earned $9,500 in a year. Approximately $8,500 of that allegedly went to pay Jose Hernan Moreno-Sevilla and his family for smuggling, transportation and housing costs. That means he was left with $1,000.
Here's how the scheme worked, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Peruvian man told investigators that while living in Peru, he borrowed $2,500 from Hernan's parents to illegally buy a Mexican visa so he could travel through Mexico and sneak into the United States. The mother allegedly told him that her son would provide him a place to work and live.
In July 2005, the man says he and two uncles, using Mexican visas, made their way to Phoenix. The three men met there with Hernan and some of his relatives - his wife, parents, sister and brother-in-law - and were taken in a truck to Orem. Each was charged $1,500 for the transportation from Phoenix to Orem, according to an ICE affidavit. The man was taken to the sister and brother-in-law's home and his uncles to Hernan's home.
While living with the sister and brother-in-law and working for Hernan, the man allegedly was not allowed to speak to his parents in Peru without being monitored. In addition, the Peruvian told investigators that Hernan kept his passport and told him that every yellow vehicle on the street belonged to immigration officials. The Peruvian also claimed that about five undocumented workers from Peru and Mexico lived in the house during the year he was there. He said he paid Hernan's sister $100 in cash every two weeks for food.
Conviction on a charge of bringing in illegal aliens carries a mandatory sentence of at least three years in prison, while the harboring charge has a maximum term of 10 years.
Commentary: Those who believe mass immigration is so good for our country need to reread this story. Working six days per week, 14 hours per day, and all the Peruvian immigrant had to show for it at the end of the year is $1,000. How does an American worker compete with THAT? Can you understand now why Americans are "reluctant" to do these jobs? They can't afford those type of jobs. And before you play the "education" card, remember it costs money to get an education.
An excellent article on the USIllegalAliens.com website describes the problem in greater detail. Here's a snippet:
In any case, illegal aliens are not just picking lettuce and digging ditches any more. It wasn't that long ago that being a dry-waller, brick-layer, house framer, painter, roofer, carpet layer, plumber, or electrician was a decently compensated, middle class trade. Now it is increasingly becoming the work for illegal aliens at far less than the free market rate. While illegal alien workers are only a small portion of many of those job categories their willingness to work at dramatically lower rates artificially drags down the compensation for all workers.
When the resident poor and uneducated Americans can subsist on welfare they are not going to pick lettuce, dig ditches, clean toilets or wash dishes at minimum wage. However, if there are massive shortages of workers for such jobs, the forces of supply and demand will come in to play and the compensation for those jobs will rise to attract more workers. At some point, it will pay more than being on welfare and be attractive enough to turn off Oprah and the labor shortage will be alleviated.
We require a holistic solution. Strengthening and guarding our borders will NOT be enough. We need to deport as many illegals as we can, and prosecutions as described above must become more frequent.