A former Utah Driver License Division employee who issued licenses to
undocumented immigrants has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. READ THE ARTICLE
A former Utah Driver License Division employee has been charged with issuing fraudulent drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The alleged scheme was uncovered when an officer in Kansas stopped a carload of people in February of last year. While their licenses checked out, a fingerprint check showed the names of the people were not the names on the licenses, according to the charges. READ THE ARTICLE
July 16, 2011 FOX 13 News
The bust, about 15 miles northwest of Veyo in an area called Cove Wash, is one of the biggest ever in Utah, but officials are saying the suspects in custody is the more significant result of the bust. "We ended up making 38 arrests and we decimated the entire command and control from California to Nevada to here in Utah," said Frank Smith with the Drug Enforcement Administration READ THE REPORT
For more information on these Mexican farmers and to view their mug pictures go to this blog site.
Deseret News March 20, 2011Authorities were holding 11 of the suspects on immigration detainers. The rest will have detention hearings next week. READ THE ARTICLE
KSL January 4, 2011
WEST VALLEY CITY -- A tip from a narcotics investigation in Midvale ended with a sting operation at a West Valley market Friday. The bust netted drugs, alcohol, cash and guns.
The market in question is El Centenario Market, located at 2737 S. Redwood Road. Investigators sent in confidential informants to buy some of the illegal items that were allegedly being sold there, then moved in for the bust Friday evening.READ THE ARTICLE
SL Tribune Dec 16, 2010
Revising food-stamp rules affecting federal government more than $2 million, an analysis by the state Department of Workforce Services (DWS) shows.in Utah may have saved the
Between July and October, 2,724 households with undocumented immigrants lost benefits; 788 of those households saw a decline in financial assistance. That equals an estimated $2.1 million in cost savings, according to the analysis. READ THE TRIBUNE ARTICLE
Deseret News September 3, 2010
"If you look at guys committing serious crimes in the community, they — just like you and me — they have to go to the bank, they need to cash checks, they must show ID to police at traffic stops, they've got to rent apartments to live in. Identity theft and fraudulent documents facilitate these people to be here to commit violent crimes," Wallentine said. READ THE ARTICLE
Deseret News August 20, 2010
Of the those arrested, 93 face federal or state charges ranging from solicitation to commit aggravated murder and forcible sexual abuse to drug and firearms violations and re-entry after deportation. The remainder, including some who were deported once, face prosecution in immigration court for being in the country illegally READ THE ARTICLE
People’s frustration seems to be rooted in a system that simultaneously enforces and ignores the law and discourages and incentivizes illegal behavior. People simply want to know that if a law has been broken, corresponding consequences are enforced consistently and government doesn’t talk out of both sides of its mouth. READ THE ENTIRE LETTER It contains good points and has interesting information
Police have arrested 15 people in an Ogden gang sweep, including members of six street gangs, and dismantled a document-fraud lab. Lori K. Haley, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said of the 15 arrested, four were U.S. citizens and 11 were Mexican nationals. Three had criminal records and had been previously deported. READ THE ARTICLE
SL Tribune June 9, 2010
Washington » Three southern Utah counties have joined a partnership between local jails and federal immigration agents to find undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes and deport them.
The "Secure Communities" program runs the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail against a federal immigration database, alerting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when they find a match. READ THE ARTICLE
SL Tribune June 4, 2010
Police say five recent strike force drug busts resulted in 11 arrests and the seizure of some $600,000 worth of drugs in the Ogden and Salt Lake areas. Several of the people arrested were identified as illegal immigrants from Mexico. READ THE ARTICLE
SL Tribune May 27, 2010
Change is coming to Utah's immigration laws, Gov. Gary Herbert predicted Thursday, although he expressed reservations about the Beehive State following Arizona's model for cracking down on illegal immigrants.
"The concept and intent [of Arizona's new law] is something all Americans would support," Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference READ THE ARTICLE
Deseret News April 6, 2010
TAYLORSVILLE — Eleven people are in jail following near-simultaneous raids on two homes where authorities say illegal immigrants were manufacturing fraudulent documents and selling guns. Read the Article
(Editor's Note, I wonder what they expected?) “Everyone is both confused and excited,” Maizner said. “Fraud has been an issue in the community in the past, but with the new legislation, it’s almost like the fraud has been sanctioned or legitimized.” READ THE ARTICLE
Deseret News Feb. 26, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY — Members of a state strike force that targets illegal immigrants arrested eight people Thursday who are believed to have been involved in illegal document mills. Strike force agents have teamed up with local police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest 15 people during three major operations over the past two months. Read The Article
July 28, 2009 SL Tribune
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused Salt Lake City attorney James Alcala and seven of his law firm employees of falsifying paperwork to help Utah employers get work visas for undocumented immigrants.
Among those named in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday along with Alcala are former Border Patrol agent Carlos Manuel Vorher and Andres Lorenzo Acosta Parra, a former visa assistant at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
All are charged with various counts of conspiracy, visa fraud and encouraging or inducing undocumented aliens to reside in the United States illegally.
The indictment claims The Alcala Law Firm and its employees helped 10 companies in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties hire ineligible foreign workers. The companies -- which may not have known they were getting bad legal advice -- included landscaping, construction, painting, roofing, steel and property-maintenance businesses. Read the Entire Article
7/15 Sen. John Greiner (Ogden Police Chief) weighs in on the issue: "County jail data, as used by the Sutherland study, has inherent problems since the usual offense in a county jail is a property crime offense and due to a lack of total bed space in the whole system the illegal offender is just as likely to be deported, if possible, rather than incarcerated for a property crime conviction. That coupled with the fact that in Mr. Butter’s testimony there may be as many as 10% of the prison Hispanic population that the prison still doesn’t know the citizenship of!
My point is this; the violent illegal offender prison numbers are going up and I personally can’t rationalize that with the fact that someone estimates the number of illegal residents, regardless of race, in our state is going up even more. The citizens of my community are very sensitive to crimes like Murder, Rape and Robbery, whatever those numbers are when they go up or a legal citizen is a victim. Since 95% of our annual property crime hasn’t really been attributed, where it may partially belong to the illegal group, the crime numbers attributable may be more egregious , but at least with SB-81 we may start getting some accurate numbers to the question of impact by illegal citizens in our criminal justice system." Full report here
7/15 Sutherland Institute " We have no doubt about the insistence of some proponents of SB 81 that endless and distant data sources would one day “prove” that, indeed, Utah is awash in a sea of brown criminals intent on subverting everything godly and virtuous. Even so, this game only proves boring . . . . So how did we obtain data for several county jails, particularly Salt Lake and Utah Counties? Simple: we asked them. We contacted the county jails and they responded with the figures we reported. Several counties, such as Salt Lake, provided documentation by fax or email. Others, such as Utah County, reported them over the phone. In other words, we did not “arrive” at our figures, we simply reported them." Full report Here
Even More Options for States and Localities
For state and local governments to truly tackle their illegal immigration problems, they must take a more aggressive approach than simply relying on ICE to do its duty and deputize a few state or local officers each year under section 287(g). There are many additional actions that state and local governments can take. Critically, state and local government action should “remove or reduce the economic incentives for unlawful presence.”42
The list below represents options for state and local government action:
• Require the use of the E-Verify system for all businesses;
• Suspend the licenses of businesses that hire unauthorized aliens;
• Require business filings and business tax returns to include an attestation from the employer that he did not employ unauthorized aliens in the past 12 months, and make it a felony to file a false attestation;
• Require state income tax returns to include an attestation from the filers that they did not employ unauthorized aliens in the past 12 months and make it a felony to file a false attestation;
• Make it a felony for unauthorized aliens to work in the U.S., punishable by imprisonment and a fine;
• Make it a felony to falsely claim legal presence in the United States;
• Make it a felony and a predicate racketeering crime to smuggle aliens;
• Make it a crime to rent, lease, or sublease living space for use by unauthorized aliens;
• Expand law-enforcement arrest power to include misdemeanor violations of the INA;
• Permit the temporary detention of individuals charged with misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, where probable cause exists that they are unauthorized aliens, so that federal entities can retrieve them;
• Outlaw sanctuary cities, including day-labor sites;
• Mandate the use of the Systemic Alien Verification for Entitlements system to verify entitlement to all state and local government benefits;
• Deny enrollment to or financial aid for state-licensed higher education institutions to unauthorized aliens, including in-state tuition qualification;
• Restrict unauthorized aliens’ access to non-essential public benefits and services;
• Prohibit tax deductions for business expenses related to unauthorized aliens;• Institute a withholding tax for all electronic funds wire transfers to foreign parties or on negotiable bank drafts and international money orders without a valid Social Security Number;
• Ban the use of foreign identification documents to establish identity or to obtain state identification cards unless accompanied by a U.S. document that demonstrates legal presence in the United States; and
• Restrict the use of taxpayer identification numbers for purposes not authorized by the Internal Revenue Service, including identification, unless accompanied by a U.S. document that demonstrates legal presence in the United States.43
At The Senate Site, Rep. Chris Herrod says:
"I appreciate the Mayor Becker's offer to meet. After two and half months, I look forward to finally having all my questions answered.
"My hope is that we will discuss the real issues. The issue is not whether 'Hispanic residents are a valuable part of our Salt Lake City family.' I believe that they are. The vast majority of the Hispanics are good people as I believe is the case with all peoples and cultures around the world. The real issue, however, is what are the true costs of tolerating illegal immigration? Crime is certainly one since there are consequences of not screening individuals as happens during the legal immigration process. The issue is whether or not illegal aliens are better for the community than legal immigrants would be if given the opportunity? Why are we so willing to discriminate against those who choose to follow the law? Why are the opinions of legal Hispanics that are against illegal immigration not equally validated by Salt Lake City?
"My issue with Salt Lake City is not whether SLCPD has the right to refuse to cross-deputize. Under SB 81, cross-deputization is clearly optional. The issue is whether or not it is appropriate for a Police Chief to influence public debate on SB 81 by saying that SLCPD keeps records and they have proven something 'time and time again' when these records do not exist. The issue is whether it appropriate for the Salt Lake Police Chief to use taxpayer money to continually speak against legislation that the majority of state legislators believed was necessary and with which the vast majority of Utahns agree. The issue is why I was given information that at the very least was misleading. Who made the decision to include 'Unknown' in the 'Non-Hispanic' category when under traffic citations 'Unknown' was clearly listed separately?
"The issue is where is the concern for the civil rights of working class individuals who bear the brunt of illegal immigration? Those with less than a high school education are now facing 15.5% unemployment. Is tolerating illegal immigration fair to Utah’s laborers or new legal immigrants?
"The issue is that the law was not followed when I requested information. Salt Lake Police are aware of the five day requirement (see Salt Tribune’s July 11 page 4 quoting a SLCPD officer.) My concern is that the police chief can question the integrity of legislators for months, yet city officials are disappointed when a legislator dares call into question the integrity of being given misleading information in an untimely manner.
"We already face radical changes in our society with crushing debt that will lead to the loss of freedoms for our children. Is it not important to ask how are we going to pay for illegal immigration? As a society, we have forgotten that true compassion never comes forcibly at someone else’s expense and illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.
"I look forward to a productive meeting."
July 10, 2009 Rep. Chris Herrod has collected a bevy of statistics about illegal alien crime in Utah, successfully rebutting the Sutherland Institute, SLC Police Chief Burbank, the Deseret News, and others.
"Over the past few months, a tremendous amount of misinformation about illegal immigration in Utah and SB 81 has been given. Salt Lake City's Police Chief and others have propagated faulty information to the Public. . . . The most recent misinformation is the Sutherland Institute's "Just the Facts" and a Deseret News Editorial . . . ." Read Herrod's entire report here. (two files Utah Alien Crime.pdf and Utah Alien Arrests 2008.pdf )
By Ronald W. Mortensen June 2009
This Backgrounder examines illegal immigration-related document fraud and identity theft that is committed primarily for the purpose of employment. It debunks three common misconceptions: illegal aliens are “undocumented;” the transgressions committed by illegal aliens to obtain jobs are minor; and illegal-alien document fraud and identity theft are victimless crimes. It discusses how some community leaders rationalize these crimes, contributing to a deterioration of the respect for laws in our nation, and presents a variety of remedies, including more widespread electronic verification of work status (E-Verify and the Social Security Number Verification Service) and immigrant outreach programs to explain the ramifications and risks of document fraud and identity theft. Read More
Click here for current violent crime and drug dealing committed by illegal aliens within the state of Utah
There is an effort by the media and law enforcement in some counties to not disclose when crime is committed by illegal aliens. They often don't even report it in the jail booking report. If you find serious crime that is not reported here please send an email to email@example.com and put Utah Crime in the subject box.
Note: Several of the links have been removed by the media.
Killed By Illegal Aliens in Utah
Last updated January 5, 2011
Note: from time to time links are taken down by the media or changed, and more research may be necessary.
From 1997 to December 31, 2010 the number killed, 34 plus 10 more in van crashes in Southern Utah while being smuggled into the country interior. Final total so far 44 There are probably more but this list has been built from media reports and jail booking reports. This list includes death from DUI, domestic violence, homicide, gang activity, and accidents. Often illegal aliens themselves are the victims. Also, starting about 2009 the media generally stopped reporting that the perpetrators were illegal. The jail booking reports also make identification more difficult.
2010 (10) (Total Utah homicides in 2010= 48) 10 homicides by illegal alien =21%
Note: August 2012, Roman was acquitted in the murder of Deputy Fox. He was successful in blaming the dead brother of Deputy Fox. It pays to have a good lawyer.
Note:1 of the 10 was a child killed in auto/pedestrian accident
December 21st 2010 Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Kenneth Lewellyn Flowers with first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of 45-year-old Cisco M. Cross. Flowers has twice been deported from the United States. In 2001, he claimed to be a U.S. Citizen at a San Diego port of entry and was detained, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice. In 2006, Flowers was again deported after being jailed on local charges, Kice said. A search of court records shows Flowers was cited in August 2006 for not having a valid license and giving false information to a police officer.
MORONI—Nov.4th 2010 An 11-year-old girl, Heather Dawn Christensen, was riding her bicycle across an unmarked cross walk, at approximately 200 North 200 West, at 8 a.m., when she was hit by a van. Moroni Police Chief Hunsaker said the driver has been charged with failure to yield and driving without a license. The 53-year-old man is a Mexican national in the U.S. illegally and will be tried and then faces deportation.
Aug. 28 — Maria Nevarez-Tolentino August 28, 2010 Fox13 now reports: Salvador Landin-Castonon was arrested for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend to death at an apartment complex in South Salt Lake. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12198461 He was booked into the SL County Jail as being born in Mexico and as a Mexican citizen. Booking number 10045689 Race “white” SO# 339300 http://iml.slsheriff.org/IML There is no INS hold, but they don’t do that much anymore.
Fox News May 6 Midvale Sarah Hernandez killed by common law husband Carlos August Soto-Lopez . Police say they suspect that Soto-Lopez is in the country illegally. http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-midvale-man-strangle-alleged-murder,0,6088474.story
CARLOS AUGUST SOTO-LOPEZ , SL County Jail information:
Booking #: 10023622 SO#: 314150 State ID: 1154598 FBI: 179045WC6 Citizen: MEXICO
Deseret New June 18, 2010; Salt Lake City: While at the Gateway Inn, Oscar Reyes fought with his girlfriend, Deborah Haudley, 34, on Monday night, according to charges filed Friday in 3rd District Court. In the morning, he found her dead next to him in bed, according to the charges. Reyes is facing deportation to Mexico, and prosecutors consider him a flight risk, so they sought bail of $100,007. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700041557/Man-charged-with-homicide-in-girlfriends-death.html
About June 25, Juan Jose Rubio-Navaro, 32, was sitting at the edge of his driveway, 545 N. New Star Drive (1785 West) Thursday morning, waiting for co-workers to pick him up, when a car drove by and a person in the vehicle opened fire, striking him several times. Jose Adrian Rodriquez-Ramirez and his roommate, 24-year-old Jose Alan Gallegos Mendoza, were booked into jail for investigation of criminal homicide Name: JOSE ADRIAN RODRIGUEZ-RAMIREZ Booking #: 10032816 SO#: 337345 State ID: FBI: Citizen: MEXICO COB: MEXICO
KSL June 14, 2010 KEARNS -- A 4-year-old girl died Sunday night, and police say a Kearns woman is responsible for her death. The Unified Police Department is holding 21-year-old Marina Navarro on homicide charges for the death of 4-year-old Vanessa Hart. The girl was the child of Navarro's boyfriend. Navarro has no violent criminal history, but she does have an immigration- related charge on her record. Police are searching the home in West Kearns where the incident occurred, which they say several families occupied. (Only illegal aliens could have an “immigration related charge” on their record)
KSL West Jordan April 5, 2010 Benjamin Arriaga-Luna confessed to the murder Tuesday after turning himself to Salt Lake City police. At the time, he was a person of interest in the murder of 19-year-old Stephanie Williams. Williams had been shot to death. Benjamin's brother, Delfino Arriaga-Luna, was arrested for that murder. Jail documents say both brothers are in the country illegally. They also say Benjamin Arriaga-Luna is a convicted felon.
April 4, 2010 Arriaga-Luna(37) said he and Benacio Hernandez-Herrera(33) were fighting in a vacant lot near 6400 West and 7400 South on Sunday morning when he pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Hernandez-Herrera "numerous times," jail documents state. Arriaga-Luna, 37, turned himself in to Salt Lake City police on Tuesday, shortly after they had arrested his younger brother, Delfino, on suspicion of killing 19-year-old Stephanie Williams who was found shot to death Monday. Utah law forbids illegal immigrants from possessing guns. court documents indicate he was deported after he was convicted on felony drug charges in 2004 http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci14837701
January 5, 2010: Millard County Deputy Josie Fox, (Allegedly) killed by, Miramontes Roman, He was captured Jan 6, 2010 in Beaver, Utah. Deputy Fox was making a routine traffic stop when she was gunned down without warning.
August 20122 Roman acquitted in the death of Deputy Fox
Court events as described by Russell Greathouse, Deputy Fox's father http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54806734-78/roman-judge-ryan-eyre.html.csp
January 4, 2010: Norma Villalobos Guzman, 36 of Orem Utah was apparently stabbed to death by her husband Roberto Aguirre Ramirez, 27. Probably domestic violence. Mrs. Guzman was hard to identify due to stolen identity. (she had 13 different Ids.) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705357758/Bloody-scene-described-in-Orem-slaying.html Ramirez admitted to police that he was in the country illegally in December 2008 when he was arrested in a drug bust at his Orem apartment, court documents say.
July 15, 2009 "Person of interest sought by police for December homicide" by Carlos Mayorga. OGDEN STANDARD EXAMINER printed 15 July 09 B sect. pg 1. Noemi Rodriguez found dead in Huntsville cemetery of Dec 26, thought to have been killed Christmas night. Gutberto Heras-Corrales suspected of her murder. He was here illegally and probably fled to Mexico. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705273806/Police-uncover-details-of-slain-womans-life.html