Document trafficker sentenced to prison for manufacturing and selling fraudulent identification documents

Hi Gang:

All too often, crime begets crime.

Illegal immigration is anything but a “victimless crime!”  On November 10, 2011 I posted an article on the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website that was entitled the “Victims
of Illegal Immigration”
.  The focus of that commentary was the thousands of innocent victims in the United States who lose their lives every year to aliens who engage in violent crimes and crimes relating to drunk driving and driving without licenses.

Today my commentary will address a crime that involves the loss of the identity of those who fall victim to identity theft.  The basis for this commentary is an article I wrote for the CAPS website that was predicated on a news release posted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that provided the details of the successful prosecution of an individual who engaged in identity theft and the production of false identity documents.

Our nation and our citizens are paying one hell of a price as a result of the ongoing failures of our government to secure our nation’s borders and enforce our nation’s immigration laws.  In large measure we have ourselves to blame!  When I was a teenager my dad used to tell me that I would ultimately determine how people would treat me by making it clear to those I came to deal with what I would and would not tolerate.  By permitting elected leaders to be re-elected when they fail to take their oaths of office and our nation’s immigration laws seriously, we are empowering those politicians and they, in turn, are inducing still more illegal aliens to enter the United States in violation of our laws and encourage and empower them to commit additional crimes.  The consequence of these crimes could not be more serious- many lives are being lost and other victims are also being made to suffer.  Yet the beat goes on!

The time has long since passed for the citizens of our nation to make it clear to our political leaders that we will no longer tolerate the lunacy of extremely porous borders and immigration laws that go unenforced.

Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!


What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

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our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!


I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the 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 shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!


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Document trafficker sentenced to prison for manufacturing and selling fraudulent identification documents

Today’s
commentary focuses on the successful prosecution of an illegal alien
from Mexico, Victor Lopez-Escamilla aka “Mango Chupado,” and “Ventura,”
for producing and selling fraudulent identity documents including
counterfeit Alien Registration Cards (Green Cards) and Social Security
Cards as reported in an ICE news release.
In order to produce documents that could enable his illegal alien
customers to game the immigration system and secure employment
Lope-Escamilla engaged in identity theft.  Here is yet another example
of how illegal immigration is anything but a “victimless crime!”

It is important to note that terrorists and criminals are eager to
acquire false identities as an embedding tactic that enables them to
hide in plain sight.

The news release stated that more than 250 people had their
identities stolen as a result of his criminal scheme which purportedly
netted him $140,000.00.  Certainly the successful prosecution of this
document vendor is worthwhile, but when you consider that there are
millions of illegal aliens who are working in violation of the
immigration laws in the United States and that many of them have been
able to purchase fraud documents in order to work illegally in the
United States, there is scant comfort to be taken from the report of a
single document vendor who apparently sold a relatively small number of
false documents.

Here are additional points that are important to consider:

Those who purchased the documents were themselves, illegal aliens. 
Yet there was absolutely no mention of any of these illegal alien
“customers” being apprehended, prosecuted or being deported.  By
purchasing these documents, these illegal aliens became
co-conspirators.  By not taking action against these law violators, an
opportunity to deter illegal immigration and crimes that illegal aliens
commit was lost.  Indeed, by not pursuing these individuals quite the
contrary happens, illegal aliens are encouraged to violate our borders
and our laws.

The administration may tout how many Border Patrol agents have been
hired and issue absurd  assertions about the “border being secure,” but
by not arresting illegal aliens the administration provides incentives
and encouragement to ever more illegal aliens to enter the United States
in one way or another and violate the immigration laws designed to
protect American lives and American jobs.

While the TSA has more than 60,000 employees subjecting airline
passengers to ever increasing scrutiny, ICE has all of 7,000 special
agents and more than half of them are assigned to conduct investigations
of violations of customs laws.  Illegal aliens may well be playing a
game of “Hide and Seek” but the administration has decided to not really
seek, but to just pretend to be interested in that game!

This problem is further exacerbated when cities and states promulgate
“Sanctuary policies” to shield illegal aliens from detection by ICE. 
If there were no illegal aliens in the United States seeking false
identity documents, there would be little or no business for fraud
document vendors who often commit identity theft, further victimizing
lawful immigrants and United States citizens.

Enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
gave rise to a cottage industry, the production of false identity
documents.  These documents are the lynchpins that hold the immigration
system together under the provisions of IRCA.  Yet the federal
government never addressed this obvious Achilles Heel in the system.  No
meaningful numbers of additional immigration law enforcement personnel
were ever hired to address this serious vulnerability and no routine
inservice training was ever implemented to help those agents on the job
to combat this serious hole in the system.

For  Victor Lopez-Escamilla, his document mill was, indeed, a
“cottage industry.”  According to the news release he actually produced
the documents he sold on the streets of Baltimore, in his bedroom!

ICE often issues news releases to convince us that all is well and
that the laws are being enforced.  These releases are the equivalent of
the tactics used by a used car salesman who spray paints a rusted,
wheezing engine under the hood of an old beat up car and then turns back
the speedometer to further enhance the illusion that the car is
roadworthy!

Illusions will not protect our nation or our citizens.  Blue smoke
and mirrors do not constitute an effective barrier against those who
would enter our country and do us harm!

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