Monday, January 23, 2012

U.S. Taxpayers Saving Capitalism

   In the private sector you can make more money if you have the talent and education. You also work at the leisure of the private sectors bottom line. If profits are low you may be the first to go.
   The public sector is a little more secure. Once you get a job it is hard to take it away from you. In the public sector you will never be rich but you can make a good living and know that you are giving back to the community. (People's Opinion)

Immigrants As Human Capital And The Ugly Side of Capitalism

   Evans, GA: Hugo Diaz aka Hugo Diaz de la Fuente, 43, and Blanca Diaz aka Blanca Estela Miranda Vargas, 42, of Evans, Georgia had their initial court appearance Nov. 7, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield after being indicted last week by a federal grand jury for harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage and then laundering the proceeds of that crime. 
   The indictment also charges four of the illegal aliens that Hugo and Blanca Diaz are alleged to have harbored for those aliens’ unlawful entry into the United States and their eluding the attention of immigration officials.
   United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver (appointed by president Barack Obama and former District 22 Democratic Senator) said, “The federal government’s immigration enforcement responsibilities are an important priority for the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to enforcing all federal criminal laws and criminal immigration laws are no exception. This investigation clearly shows the ability of federal and local law enforcement agencies to work together to achieve justice and to thwart those whose goal is to profit from criminal activity.” 

  Witnesses say Diaz owns a construction company in the CSRA and has built several homes in the area. 

Image of the Georgia Secretary of Sate Certification for De la Fuente Contractors, Inc. dated in 2005.
   Investigators say other homes, possibly owned by Diaz, have been raided with the assistance of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
   According to Columbia County records, the $1.7 million home is owned by Diaz.

Three readings in the Hugo Diaz case:

First: If you are illegally in the country and succesfuly doing what you are doing under radar without being noticed, probably you should see what happened with Diaz. 

Second: If you are in the country illegally and being successful and try to do things legally, the system will do all it takes to put you down, no matter if the county provide you with license, no matter if the state gave you license, no matter if the banks let you open an account and lend you tone of money, no matter if building suppliers provide you with happy faces all the constructions materials you need and people hired you, also with smile. 

Third: If you are illegally in this country and have people telling you that they will be there for you, such as the county, the state, the banks, the building suppliers, the people that hired you, watch what happen to Hugo Diaz: All of them evaporated and none of them are in jail with Hugo Diaz. 

Hugo Diaz pleaded guilty on February 14, in federal court to harboring an illegal immigrant in exchange for the U.S. government dropping 14 other charges related to the money he made using undocumented workers. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and would likely be deported from the United States immediately after his release from prison.

U.S. District Judge Randall Hall accepted the plea after an hourlong hearing explaining the rights Diaz was giving up and listening to testimony from an FBI agent. Diaz, who apparently never denied being illegally in the country, admitted in court to hiring an undocumented worker for his construction business and submitting a false tax form to the Internal Revenue Service claiming the wages. 

In September 2011 a new state panel charged with helping enforce Georgia’s immigration laws met for the first time and elected its chairman amid controversy over the law - HB 87 - that created it and calls for one of its members to be removed.

The seven-member Immigration Enforcement Review Board unanimously elected Ben Vinson, an attorney, as its chairman.

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta blasted governor Nathan Deal’s decision to appoint Phil Kent to the panel. Kent is the national spokesman for Americans for Immigration Control, which supports deporting illegal immigrants and opposes guest-worker legislation.

While Diaz was legally building houses, since 2005, law enforcement agencies were building the case against him. Diaz was arrested on November 2011, just 2 month after the immigration board was formed. Kent worked as editor of Augusta Chronicle.

This case is similar to the "helping the enemy" can label you as "enemy combatant". The U.S. government is said was paying the Taliban in Afghanistan for protecting some troops over there. Nobody was declared enemy combatant. With Diaz, it is seems like many in Columbia County, Richmond County, even the state was harboring him. None in jail, just the "illegal helping another illegal."  

Diaz was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on May 15, 2012, and will be recommended for deportation to his native Mexico after his release early next year.

Judge Hall said that a reduced term wouldn’t convey the seriousness of the charge.

Blanca Diaz was sentenced in February, received credit for time served and was deported.

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