New York man pleads guilty to weapons and aggravated ID theft charges

Hi Gang:

As I often do, I am basing my commentary today on an article I recently wrote for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website.

Today we will consider the successful prosecution of a 34 year old citizen of Jamaica, Rey Anthony Anderson, who committed a series of crimes including weapons possession, identity theft and making false claims to United States citizenship.  The prosecution and the subsequent guilty plea by Anderson were heralded in an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) news release.  What is disturbing is that the headline on that news release referred to Anderson as a “New York man.”

As I noted in my article for CAPS, it is important to note that the web of crimes woven by Anderson only came to light when local law enforcement notified ICE when they arrested him pursuant to a domestic dispute call from his wife.  Having local police and other law enforcement agencies work cooperatively with ICE creates a synergy that is far too important to ignore.

The fact that Anderson is, in fact, an illegal alien from Jamaica was first noted in the third paragraph of the ICE news release.  This follows the current policies of the Obama administration to minimize the issue of illegal immigration and the impact that the failures to secure our nation’s borders and enforce our immigration laws has on our nation.  In point of fact, the headline should have noted from the very beginning that the individual who was arrested and successfully prosecuted was an illegal alien from Jamaica.  Other than the crimes involving the possession of a couple of high-powered firearms, the crimes committed by Anderson have a direct and clear nexus to his being an illegal alien who was obviously attempting to pass himself off as a citizen of the United States.

Crime tends to beget more crime.  Illegal immigration is not just about workers coming across our borders in violation of law- certainly an issue that desperately should be addressed especially in this era of high unemployment rates for American workers and the other economic ills our nation is now suffering from, but illegal immigration also involves a wide variety of crimes and concerns involving national security.  While not all cases of identity theft involve illegal aliens, a significant component of crimes involving identity theft are attributable to the massive numbers of illegal aliens who are present in our country and seeking to gain unlawful employment and conceal not only their lack of lawful status in our country but likely are seeking to conceal their true identities to enable them to commit crimes or even potentially participate in activities in support of terrorism.
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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New York man pleads guilty to weapons and aggravated ID theft charges

On March 16, 2012 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) issued a news release entitled “New York man pleads guilty to weapons and aggravated ID theft charges,” heralding the successful prosecution of Ray Anthony Anderson, an illegal alien from Jamaica.

Anderson pleaded guilty to a number of charges including possession of two high-powered weapons, a Mossberg 12 gauge Model 500 shotgun, and a Ruger SR22RSC rifle. Both weapons contained tactical rail attachments, flashlights and advanced scopes.  He was also charged with obtaining two New York State drivers’ licenses in two separate names, false claim to the United States citizenship, both when he purchased the two firearms and when he attempted to procure a United States passport.

He committed identity theft in order to not only conceal his true identity but to create the illusion that he was a United States citizen and, in order to achieve this goal, even petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of New York to have his name changed to that of a United States citizen whose identity he had stolen.

Here is an excerpt from that news release that explains his ploy:

The defendant also had two New York state driver’s licenses, a Social Security card and a District of Columbia certificate of birth in his possession at the time of arrest. The driver’s licenses were in different names, but both bore the defendant’s laminated photograph. The investigation determined that the defendant was in fact a Jamaican national who was unlawfully in the United States. Anderson had obtained and used someone else’s birth certificate and Social Security card in order to create a new false identity. At one point in the scheme, the defendant submitted a petition to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Monroe County to change one of his alias names to match that of a name belonging to a real U.S. citizen.

The court granted the order changing the defendant’s name, and he then used these documents to obtain a false New York state Enhanced driver license (EDL). An EDL is a photographic identification document issued by the state of New York which complies with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This identification document functions as primary proof of United States citizenship, and can be used to enter the United States at certain border crossings from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, including Jamaica.

While he was unable to obtain a United States passport, for which he filed an application, the Enhanced Driver License he did manage to obtain in a false identity, serves as a passport for limited international travel.

His scheme apparently unraveled when his wife called local law enforcement to complain about being assaulted by her husband.  Because of that phone call the decision was made by local law enforcement to reach out to ICE.  Had the local Sheriff not contacted ICE, it is likely that Anderson’s crimes would have gone undetected.

While there are those who claim that community policing suffers when local law enforcement works with ICE, nothing could be further from the truth and this case provides a great example of the synergy to be gained by such a working relationship.

The news release noted that the defendant now faces up to 15 years in prison for the crimes that he was charged with.  Indeed, all of his crimes would have exposed him to far more than 15 years in jail.  Therefore it is likely that in exchange for his guilty plea prosecutors agreed to drop some of the charges.  The federal crimes to which he pleaded guilty related back to his immigration status and could not have been prosecuted had immigration not been a factor in the prosecution.

Once he serves his prison sentence Anderson will face removal (deportation) from the United States.

While, there was no mention as to how Anderson entered the United States in the first place, it is unlikely he entered the United States by running the Mexican border.  The bottom line is that while the porous US/Mexican border does create problems for the United States, there are many more issues that must be addressed if our nation is to effectively tackle the immigration crisis it now faces.

The enforcement of the immigration laws must be a regular component of effective law enforcement throughout our country.

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