Saturday, January 16, 2010
Immigrants screwing their own
From the Village Voice:
Edward Juarez says the mission of his International Immigrants Foundation is "to help immigrant families and children achieve their aspirations for a better life in the United States." But New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo says the mission of Edward Juarez (aka Eduardo Juarez aka Edward Juarez-Paglioccio) was to defraud immigrants "with false promises of citizenship" and charge them exorbitant fees for it, for which Cuomo is suing him and two of his companies.
Cuomo says immigrants were lured into Juarez' webs by ads, and also by Juarez's own weekly column in El Diario, where he served as an "immigration columnist" -- until today, when El Diario announced it was pulling his column ("We will cease publication of his weekly column pending the resolution of the lawsuit and other legal matters"). Juarez also announced his services on his "The Immigrant's Voice" radio show Thursday nights on Amor 93.1 FM, and his TV show on Azteca America on Saturday nights.
And from Fox 5/AP:
An Ecuadorean storefront pastor is expected to go to jail for scamming over 100 immigrants by promising to get them U.S. visas and legal status.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 57-year-old Gregorio Gonzalez, of Mamaroneck, pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny. He faces a possible prison sentence of two to six years and will be deported thereafter because he, too, is an illegal immigrant.
Nice that we're spending NYPD manpower and DA time prosecuting people and helping victims that shouldn't be here in the first place.