Coyote Run Keeps Criminal Invaders In America

5 12 2006

Cross Posted by Right Truth

Four people being smuggled in from Mexico died in a crash in the
Colorado mountains last week. Two years ago a similar accident in
south Weld County killed six people. New laws enacted since the first
crash will make the cases very different. The new laws have greater
sentences, however the witnesses (all illegals) must be kept here in
the United States until the trial and sentencing is complete. Sounds
like a win-win situation for the illegals that survived their coyotes
poor driving habits.

The driver in the Weld County accident was Francisco Tomas-Andres,
then 18 years old, and later identified as an illegal immigrant.

Although Tomas-Andres is still in prison, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officials refuse to talk about his legal status or if he
will be deported after serving his federal court sentence.

On Jan. 27, 2004, Tomas-Andres was traveling about 80 mph on
Interstate 76 near Roggen when he lost control of the van.

It rolled several times, ejecting his 11 passengers, all illegal
immigrants from Guatemala. Five died at the scene, one died months
later in a Denver hospital. Five others were injured.

In the Idaho Springs accident Tuesday, the driver was an alleged
illegal immigrant smuggler — and four of his 14 passengers died.

New Colorado laws make it a felony to smuggle or traffic illegal
immigrants, which will create a vastly different outcome for the Idaho
Springs driver, if he is convicted. He is facing 46 counts of
smuggling, careless driving and reckless endangerment, all of which
could bring a prison sentence of more than 160 years.

In the Weld County case, Tomas-Andres, an illegal immigrant from
Guatemala, pleaded guilty to six counts of careless driving resulting
in death, and five counts of careless driving resulting in injury. He
is still in the federal penal system after being sentenced to 46
months in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Denver. Now, he is
in the federal penitentiary in Yazoo City, Miss., scheduled for
release next May.

After receiving his federal sentence, Tomas-Andres was returned to
Weld County, where he plead guilty to six counts of careless driving
involving death and was sentenced to 12 years probation.

The probation — running concurrently with his prison sentence —
will expire in December 2016.

Weld District Attorney Ken Buck, who was not in office when the
Tomas-Andres probationary sentence was agreed to, said new immigration
laws give the prosecutors more power, but they bring a different problem.

“Each of the human smuggling counts and human trafficking counts
carries a four-to12-year sentence,” Buck said. “The problem is that we
have to keep the witnesses here for a trial that may be a year away.
We’d have to secure special visas for them and keep track of their
location at all times.”

While the new laws give added punch, Buck said such cases will be
difficult. source

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal
Immigration(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the
above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let
Brian know at what level you would like to participate.

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