“They’re bringing crime”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Various news outlets reported late last night that the top lawyer for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Seattle, Washington area has been indicted for identity theft.

Former chief counsel Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of using the identities of immigrants to defraud various banks and credit card companies.

Sanchez used the identifying information of the seven immigrants to "defraud financial institutions" including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to the charging document. He also allegedly used his official ICE email address to forward personal information of one of the victims, including an energy bill, a US residence card, and copy of a Chinese passport.

In the grand scheme of things, I suppose white collar crime is almost quaint compared to everything else ICE is guilty of, such as acting like an unaccountable gestapo.

Abolish ICE.

  • katanahamon

    If “they” are bringing crime, drugs, and doing the raping, why does Rump prefer to hire non-Americans???

  • Nefercat

    He wanted their identities? Fine, he should be relieved of his US citizenship and deported to the native country of one of his victims. The victims get to choose which country to send him to.

  • muselet

    If he did what he has been indicted for doing, Raphael A Sanchez is a despicable human being who should spend several years in prison and pay a swingeing fine. He’ll never learn any lesson from this, of course, but sometimes that’s not the point of punishment.

    As for larger lessons, Sanchez (allegedly) could only steal four immigrants’ identities in seven years, so internal safeguards seem to be working sort of okay-ish (they’d be fine if there were only honest people). The feds—well, all levels of government—need to strengthen systemic protections against this sort of thing happening in future.

    Yes, ICE is an agency out of control and richly deserving replacement, but the (alleged) actions of Raphael Sanchez don’t really help to make that case. Anyone at any agency handling personal information could have done the same.


    • JMAshby

      Just one example out of hundreds.

  • Aynwrong

    The whole media should start using the “Somebody’s Doing The Raping” picture when reporting on Trump and his kakistocracy.

    • And beside Trump’s smiling photo, they should put a terrified cartoon of Lady Liberty. Just in case “teh morans” don’t get it.

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