Canadian cab driver sentenced to 16 months in US prison for smuggling illegal immigrants under Detroit river
A Canadian from Windsor has been sentenced to 16 months in a US prison for human smuggling.
WWJ News reports that 53-year-old Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, a naturalized Canadian resident from Guatemala, smuggled six aliens into the United States between July 30, 2018 and August 25, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, ICE and RCMP led to Garcia-Jimenez’s arrest.
Schneider said that Garcia-Jimenez’s would instruct the illegal aliens when and where to enter into the underground railway tunnel in order to avoid trains carrying cargo from Canada. They would then walk 1.6 miles on the narrow walkaway, which was reportedly only 17 inches wide.
Each of the illegal immigrants paid Garcia-Jimenez $1,500 to be taken to the train tunnel. They were all arrested by border patrol agents, charged with illegal entry and sent back to Canada.
Garcia-Jimenez was also ordered to pay $8,680 in fines.
UPDATE: Embattled Liberal MP apologizes for using photos from U.S. detention camps to attack Conservatives
Update: According to Global News, Adam Vaughan has apologized for his tweets.
“The children of refugees are in profoundly vulnerable situations across the planet and here in Canada. Earlier this week, I criticized the Conservative government of Ontario on this point over Twitter. My tweet, however, in using a picture of refugee children in detention at a U.S. border facility, did the very thing I was criticizing. I should not have used or referenced the plight of those children in the way that I did.”
Vaughan accepted responsibility for his tweets and added, “My tweet has been rightly criticized for doing so. I accept that criticism and have taken the tweet down. I am sorry that the tweet pushed what should have been a serious conversation about child welfare into a political debate about what constitutes fair and responsible comment.”
He ended by saying, “I remain committed to making sure all children, regardless of the status of their parents, are entitled to have their human rights respected as children.”
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan compared Doug Ford’s immigration policy to ICE camps in the U.S. in a now-deleted tweet. He was quickly rebuked.
“The Conservatives tried to take away healthcare for the children of refugees. Now they are trying to blame school cuts on these children. All children need care and all should be in school. We all know where right-wing scapegoating leads us. Our Government won’t cage children.”
He was replying to a statement made by Ontario’s Social Services Minister Todd Smithon the rising cost of education loans due to an increase in asylum seekers.
He received a flurry of responses criticizing his post.
Vaughan tweeted on a Canadian issue and used a photo of ICE detention centers on the US-Mexico border to support his case.
He was recently interviewed by Jim Richards on the Evan Solomon Show on iHeartRadio.ca, where he responded to questions and criticisms regarding his tweet.
When asked whether he was embarrassed over what he tweeted he said, “I am not embarrassed.” He instead began blaming the Conservative government for their mishaps in the province.
“I’d be more embarrassed to cut health care for refugees and immigrants, which the Conservatives tried to do until the Supreme Court told them it was a cruel and unusual punishment.”
He further added, “I’d be more embarrassed to have the education record for the Ford and Conservative government in Ontario.”
Richards asked him, “So why put a picture from Texas in 2018?” and addressed potential scaremongering.
“When you scapegoat refugees and target children you end up in situations where children are put in the most vulnerable position possible.”
Vaughan accuses the Ford government of using immigrant kids to scapegoat education problems.
Following his interview with Richards, numerous online personalities came to an agreement on Vaughan.
This is not the first time Vaughan has made controversial statements. An article of ours points out more of his Twitter hot takes.
A Syrian refugee, Hassan al-Kontar, wants to help up to 250 more refugees relocate to Canada.
Al-Kontar received worldwide acclaim after he spent seven months stranded in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was subsequently helped in his relocation to Canada by a charity.
Al-Kontar is now working with the charity that helped him escape, along with immigration settlement agency MOSAIC, to privately sponsor up to 250 refugees.
“Eight-hundred-fifty souls, including 24 women, are suffering since six years without a proper trial,” Al Kontar said.
“They are desperate.”
According to Global News, al-Kontar says these refugees will come from two islands in the South Pacific.
These refugees are asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, they were forced there by the Australian government.
“We are hoping to raise $3.3 million and hopefully more to be able to resettle refugees,” MOSAIC’s Saleem Spindari said.
While there is no certainty that all applications for refugee status would get approved, al-Kontar is, nonetheless, hopeful.
“There is a hero inside each one of us,” he said. “We just need to find it.
StatCan has come out with a new report that finds “established” immigrant families are doing slightly better than Canadian-born households are, beating out generational Canadian households by nearly 10%.
The agency’s new report, “The Wealth of Immigrant Families in Canada,” found that Canada’s immigrants are big investors in the real estate market, meaning that newcomers to the country are carrying more debt than the typical Canadian-born person is.
The silver lining to the heavy debt typically carried by immigrant families is that they also have more accumulated wealth than Canadian-born families, according to the same data released on Tuesday by StatCan.
By StatCan’s definitions, “established immigrant families’ are one where the major earner is 45 to 64 years old and has been in Canada for at least 20 years. This would eliminate refugees as we know of them today, and would instead be immigrants from more stable economic backgrounds.
Those established immigrant households average a net worth of $1.06 million. Comparatively, households with Canadian-born major earner aged 45 to 64 had an average net worth of $979,000. A different of just less than $100,000.
Canadian-born households saw an increase in wealth from 1999 to 2016, a growth of 88.6 per cent. The established immigrant households saw an increase of wealth by just 69.6 per cent within that same time frame.
For the established immigrant families, nearly 70 per cent of all wealth growth between those years came from real estate. On the flip side, only 39 per cent of Canadian-born families wealth came from real estate.
According to StatCan, “Most of the wealth growth came from an increase in house prices and growth in the value of retirement pension plans.” This data clearly shows that immigrant families are much more dependant on real estate than the typical Canadian-born family.
Putting all of your chips on red can be a risky maneuver, as focusing mainly on real estate puts immigrant families in a position of vulnerability and susceptibility to debt crisis.
“Non-immigrant families with a major earner aged 45 to 64 had, on average, debt equal to 137 per cent of household income in 2016. For immigrant families, the ratio is a much higher 217 percent,” the study says.
StatCan does note that although the immigrant families do carry higher debt, they still do not show signs that they’re unable to manage their debts to any greater degree than others.
“The study finds no evidence that immigrant families use payday loans, withdraw money from registered retirement savings plans or pay off only part of their monthly credit card balances to a greater extent than Canadian-born families of similar age do,” the report stated.
A Lebanese national who came to Canada in 2015 has been found complicit in crimes against humanity for his time working as a mechanic for the Islamic State, according to Global News.
Arriving into Canada claiming refugee status, the man, whose name has not been made public, made numerous trips to Syria to work on military-style vehicles for ISIS, and also supervised and led other ISIS mechanics.
By doing so, he made a “knowing and significant contribution to ISIS,” says the Refugee Appeal Division. The vehicles also would have needed high-level expertise in auto electrical systems, a skill-set that the unnamed man had. Military vehicles are “vital to the success of ISIS” and were used for suicide bombings, as well as combat.
This information also allows for a clear decision to be made, as the man is now ineligible for refugee status. The federal officials would not say if he has been detained or deported, though.
According to Global News, The Canadian embassy in Beirut approved his Visa in the spring of 2015, after a relative who lives in Canada sent a letter of invitation. He made a refugee claim later that year in September of 2015.
Three months later, government agencies intervened in the man’s immigration process, arguing that he was ineligible for refugee status for his complicit behaviour in ISIS crimes.
The decision was recently upheld by Patricia O’Connor of the Refugee Appeal Division, who dismissed the unnamed man’s claim that his time with the Islamic State was brief, and only under duress.
The man, originally working as a mechanic in Zahlé, a Lebanese city close to the border of Syria, was asked by a customer to repair vehicles at a location 30 to 40 minutes away.
After making the journey, he was taken to a hanger in a Sunni Muslim area where he was searched for any weapons. The man, a Christian, was forced to remove his cross, and his cell phone was taken away.
In the hangar were 15 to 20 vehicles, one of which still wet with blood from a prior conflict.
The vehicles had been militarized, which he knowingly helped to repair them for future battles with ISIS
The IRB says the man was paid “a lot of cash” for his involvement. “He said that they treated him well, paid him generously and trusted him to the extent that he was brought to ISIS locations in Lebanon and Syria.”
His involvement with ISIS ended in May 2015, and thus began his journey to Canada.
What do you think about this story? Let us know in the comments below.