Harbor An Illegal Alien, Go To Jail

by John Hawkins | January 10, 2008 10:52 am

Some people will tell you that illegal immigration is a victimless crime, but they’re wrong. Officer Rodney Johnson could tell you that if he had survived his encounter with an illegal alien by the name of Juan Leonardo Quintero[1],

On Sept. 21, 2006, officer Johnson stopped a truck owned by Camp’s company for a traffic violation and arrested Quintero after the landscape worker could not provide a driver’s license. As the officer wrote up his report in the front seat of his police car, authorities say, Quintero pulled a pistol overlooked in a body search and shot Johnson four times in the head.

…”Officer Johnson’s terrible murder illustrates that hiring and harboring illegal aliens is not a victimless crime,” Rutt said. “Many illegal aliens, especially aliens with criminal convictions, are desperate to avoid being detected and apprehended. These people also tend to take desperate actions, and the results are often tragic.”

If Juan Leonardo Quintero had not been in the United States illegally, Rodney Johnson would still be alive. Similarly, thousands of Americans are murdered, raped, robbed, and assaulted by illegals every year and every one of those crimes is a direct consequence of our failure to deal with the problem.

It’s also a problem that is largely caused by the corrupt businessmen who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. If you knowingly hire an illegal immigrant, you deserve to spend time in a federal penetentiary and happily, in this case, it looks like it may very well happen,

The owner of a landscaping firm was arrested Wednesday and faces up to 10 years in federal prison, accused of harboring one of his workers, an illegal immigrant from Mexico charged with the capital murder of a Houston police officer.

Court documents show that Robert Lane Camp, 47, went to considerable lengths to help Juan Leonardo Quintero and keep him on the job at his Deer Park landscaping company before the September 2006 killing of officer Rodney Johnson.

In August 1998, Camp posted a $10,000 bond for Quintero after he was jailed on an indecency with a child charge and hired an attorney to defend him. After the worker was deported in May 1999, Camp sent him money in Mexico and later bought him a plane ticket from Phoenix to Houston after Quintero re-entered through Arizona illegally, according to an affidavit by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Camp then purchased a house in Houston and rented it to Quintero.

Camp walked out of the federal courthouse on Wednesday afternoon after U.S. Magistrate Stephen Smith approved a $50,000 bond following his first court appearance. His attorney, Jimmy Ardoin, would not comment after the hearing, and calls to Camp’s home were not returned. No one answered the door at his Deer Park house Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle in Houston said the prosecution of Camp serves to “demonstrate the consequences a U.S. citizen faces” by harboring, employing or helping an illegal immigrant enter the country.

”The shooting of HPD officer Johnson was a tragic incident that could have been avoided,” said DeGabrielle, in a statement released after Camp’s arrest.

Camp also is charged with encouraging or inducing Quintero to enter the country illegally, and later harboring the immigrant in the Houston area. Quintero worked for Camp for at least 11 years, according to the affidavit.

Personally, I hope that they throw Robert Camp into a jail cell and toss away the key. Furthermore, I hope other parts of the country will learn from Houston’s example. Go after these crooked businessmen who bring illegals into the country or knowingly hire them and put them in prison where they belong.

You do that enough times and other employers will stop hiring illegals. If they stop hiring illegals, the majority of illegals that are here will go home and most illegals that haven’t gotten here yet won’t bother coming. That’s attrition by enforcement and it will work.

  1. Officer Rodney Johnson could tell you that if he had survived his encounter with an illegal alien by the name of Juan Leonardo Quintero: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5442207.html

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