Hispanic Lawyer Who Was ICE Chief Counsel Jailed For Immigrant Identity Theft
July 02, 2018, 10:35 AM
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The thing that didn't surprise me about this story is that the corrupt lawyer involved is Hispanic.

Top ICE Lawyer Just Got Jailed For Stealing Immigrants’ Identities: Report, by Lance Perriman, PoliticalDig,July 2, 2018

Raphael A. Sanchez, who until recently served as the chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing the identities of seven immigrants, Law And Crime reports.

According to the indictment obtained by Law And Crime, “Sanchez did knowingly transfer, possess, and use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, including the name, Social Security number, and birth date…during and in relation to a felony…wire fraud.”

Court documents reveal that Sanchez’s scheme involved opening credit cards and taking out loans using the personal information of undocumented immigrants who had been targeted by ICE and were undergoing immigration proceedings. This vulnerability–being run through the byzantine U.S. immigration system–made it difficult for the immigrants targeted to detect the theft.

Sanchez’s use of stolen information was also charged as wire fraud over the various banks and other financial institutions who were taken advantage of during the scheme. After being caught, he resigned. Three days later, he took a plea deal admitting to all of the accusations against him. On Thursday, Sanchez’s plea deal was finally signed off on by a federal judge.

From Law And Order:

While overseeing ICE’s legal office in Seattle, Sanchez’s responsibilities bore directly on his criminal scheme. He was in charge of overseeing immigration removal cases in various states. Prosecutors said this made his targets “particularly vulnerable given their status as deported or otherwise excludable.”

The scheme lasted from 2013 to 2017. During this time, Sanchez was already being paid $162,000 per year by the federal government. His net worth hovered around $700,000. Still, he found the time to open bank accounts, utility service accounts and email accounts using names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and more that he stole from ICE databases. Then he created fake drivers’ licenses.[More]

sanchNone of the stories about Sanchez seem to use the name "Raphael A. Sanchez" in the headline.

I think the story An ICE attorney made almost $200,000 stealing immigrants’ identities. Now he’s going to prison. by Deanna Paul, Washington Post, June 28, 2018, was originally titled "Raphael Sanchez: ICE attorney who made almost $200,000 stealing immigrants' identities is sentenced to 4 years", which is how it appears in links around the web, and is the headline contained in its page title, the HTML code that frequently gives away headline changes in MSM stories. If so, they presumably changed it, because it doesn't fit the Narrative.

Of course, all these stories are illustrated with pictures of ICE ERO officers protecting the nation from people like...well, like Sanchez himself.

Hispanic criminals, that is. And the Border Patrol, which has been hiring Mexican-American agents for their language skills for approximately a century, also has a long history of Hispanic corruption.

So it's not that surprising that if ICE hired a Hispanic lawyer, they would get a corrupt, or crooked Hispanic lawyer.

My conclusion, from ten years ago:

PBS has a show called "Mexico: Crimes At The Border" about human smuggling and other crimes. There's a page on the PBS site called "Corrupted Gatekeepers" which features nine corrupt Border Patrol and CBP officers—one white, one black, seven Hispanic. Perhaps corruption has a "disparate impact." More discussion of this phenomenon here, and here. The Border Patrol has been heavily recruiting Hispanics for years, because they speak the same language as the illegals, but they might do better if they recruited Scots-Irish cowboy types and made them learn Spanish. See Bush's Border Patrol Betrayal By Henry McCulloch, June 27, 2007.

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