Send Home the Clowns

6 02 2007

Cross posted from   Morning Coffee

Circus agent pleads guilty to smuggling aliens and visa fraud 

ORLANDO- A former acrobatic performer who resides here has pleaded guilty to charges of inducing aliens to enter the United States illegally and to making false statements in visa applications, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher, U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez for the Middle District of Florida, and Special Agent in Charge Robert Weber for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations in Tampa announced today.

Kristo Ivanov, 70, entered the plea today before U.S. District Court Judge Donald P. Dietrich. In his plea agreement, Ivanov admitted that from 2001 through Feb. 2006, he personally helped as many as 870 aliens enter or remain in the United States through fraudulent means. He prepared visa applications for the aliens that falsely stated that they were circus performers coming to work in Florida circuses. In fact, none of the aliens had been hired by any of the circuses listed in the visa applications. Rather, the visa applications were simply a means for the aliens to enter or remain in the United States. Ivanov charged each alien from $500 to $2,500 to prepare the applications.

Michael Cutler has an interesting article well worth reading entitled The Diverse “Alien Nation”  Discussing the Swift & Co. raids last month. Here is an excerpt..

The President continues to hawk the Guest Worker Amnesty program as a way of taking pressure off the border.  I would have to disagree with that assessment.  The prospect of gaining the ability to work legally in the United States encourages more illegal immigration and with it, a host of other criminal violations.  If you want to truly take the pressure off the border, take away the incentives that draw those millions of illegal aliens here in the first place.  As I have said on previous occasions, “No one would break into an amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn off the lights and shut down the rides!”

In another article this one from the Herald News, it seems that Federal ICE agents are taking notice of where many illegal aliens gather to spend some quality time… The Local Jail.

U.S. jails and prisons have become strategic chokepoints in the search for illegal immigrants.

More federal agents are more closely watching local jails for potentially tens of thousands of immigrants subject to deportation. Federal officials also are enlisting local authorities to do background checks on people under arrest.

It is about damn time…

Some other CAII Posts:

Liberally Conservative has Immigrating Sewage – The Borders Dirty Little Secret

CommonSense America with Valley Park: We Can’t Stop Now

Right Truth’s  Guard the Borders Blogburst 2/5/07  with information on Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos who was viciously assaulted in prison by five illegal aliens, where he is being held in general population!

**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 me know at what level you would like to participate.




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