DOJ: Criminal organization using work visas to sneak people into America, enact “modern-day slavery”


NICHOLS, GA – The US Department of Justice has issued a 54-count indictment for 24 members of the Patricio crime organization. 

The transnational organization’s (TCO) matriarch, 70-year-old Maria Leticia Patricio, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud; two counts of mail fraud; conspiracy to engage in forced labor; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. 

The forced labor charge has been likened to modern-day slavery.

The Patricio organization has been using the H-2A visa program to move foreign workers into the US, and has been raping, kidnapping and threatening them along the way, according to the Justice Department. 

The indictment accuses the group run by Patricio of the crimes identified in Georgia, Florida and Texas, with links to criminal activity in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

In part, the 50-page indictment states:

“The purpose of the Patricio TCO was to make money from illegal activities, including mail fraud, forced labor, and money laundering. The Patricio TCO fraudulently used the H-2A visa program to smuggle foreign nationals from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras into the United States under the pretext of being an agriculture worker.

The Patricio TCO further sought to make money by exploiting these foreign workers and then laundering the illegal proceeds.”

The H-2A visa program allows American companies to be a qualifying sponsor for foreign nationals, granting them work permits to be in the US. 

They are required to pay them wages complete with paystubs that accurately depict their pay, hours worked and taxes deducted, and year-to-date earning.

Under the lawful H-2A visa program, a qualifying sponsor is required to pay upfront or reimburse workers in the first work week for all costs associated with obtaining the H-2A visa, border crossing fees, reasonable transportation, lodging, food expenses, and the reasonable costs associated with returning to their home countries.

The sponsor is also prohibited from confiscating the immigration documents, seeking or receiving payments of any kind from its foreign workers for recruiting them, or conditioning the  employment in any way on the payment of a fee from its foreign workers. 

Rest assured that is not how the DOJ sees Patricio of operating. 

“In an effort to exploit foreign workers and cheat the system for financial gain, from at least 2015 and continuing through the return date of this Indictment, the Patricio TCO mailed multiple false Petitions to the United States government seeking over 71,000 foreign workers to enter the United States to work for an agricultural employer, and fraudulently caused the United States to issue thousands of H-2A visas to foreign nationals.

The Patricio TCO exploited these foreign workers by demanding they pay unlawful fees, by holding their identification documents hostage, by requiring them to perform physically demanding work for little or no pay, by requiring them to live in crowded, unsanitary, and degrading living conditions, and by threatening them with deportation and violence.

The Patricio TCO illegally profited over $200,000,000 from this illegal scheme.”

Read those numbers again. 71,000 people. $200M. 6 years.

That equates to $2817 per person. That may not seem like a huge number for each foreign worker, but the indictment states that the average H-2A worker makes $11 per hour. Assuming they only worked 8-hour days, they would only make $19,400 after taxes. 

They were taking almost 15% of the pay that the workers should have been receiving. But the DOJ indicated that the individuals under Patricio’s employment were receiving little to no pay.  

So it is difficult to determine how much profit was made off each person they illegal trafficked into the country. 

Of the 24 people indicted, 19 of them are US citizens, mostly residing in Florida. 

Several of those indicted were owners of farms and other businesses who utilized the slave-labor to their benefit. 

Charles King is the owner of Kings Berry Farm, while Stanley McGauley owned Hilltop Packing. These were two of the entities that used Patricio and her affiliates to recruit the workers for them.

This is all indicative of the broken immigration system that the majority of lawmakers in DC have no interest in fixing. 

The fact that these individuals allegedly were able to traffic more than 71,000 people into slave labor over 6 years using the system to its advantage only points to just how many gaps our current immigration policies have.

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Report: Biden’s border policy has helped create a population increase of 1.8 million foreign-born people – this year

Washington, DC – During the first 8 months of Joe Biden’s first term, the US saw a population increase of more than 4.1% amongst those born in foreign countries. This makes one of the largest single year increases since the US started tracking these statistics in 1960. 

45.7 million foreign-born individuals residing in the US are comprised of both legal immigrants and those who are in the country illegally. 

Please take note, this is not an argument against foreign-born persons living in the US.

Our nation is a place where anyone is welcome, as long as their story includes doing things the right way and being productive members of the communities where they live, work and play.

It is a statement regarding this record growth amongst the method many of them are using to get here. 

For some perspective, in 1970, the US population was 203,392,031. At that time, there were 9.6 million people of foreign birth, comprising 4.7% of the entire population. Today, the percentage has grown to almost 14%, growing at a rate of 3.76 times over the past 41 years. 

The growth of the entire population over that same time period is .63 times, with nearly 28% of that increase coming from foreign-born persons.

However, this is not about the past 41 years. It is about what the policies of the current administration is doing at our southern border. Which is nothing. 

When we look at those same figures over the past year, which include 3 months of the Trump administration (which was doing everything it could to stem the flow of illegal entries and over-stayed visas), the percentages of growth paint a very telling picture. 

The increase in foreign-born people residing in the US from October 2020 to September 2021 (Fiscal Year 2021), was 1.8 million. The estimated population of the US heading into 2022 is 334,805,269. That is an increase over the beginning of 2021 of 1,890,196 people. 

So, what do these numbers mean?

The population growth in the US is comprised of three things. Deaths, births and migrations. If the overall growth of the US was 1.89 million, and there were 1.8 million new foreign-born individuals in that increase, there were roughly 90,000 additions in the variance between deaths and new births, also known as natural increase.   

Before we simply cast the blame at the feet of the President and his failed policies, we have to take into consideration that numerous states saw more deaths than births over the past two years thanks to the pandemic.

But, even if you take the numbers from the 2019, there were 2.7 births for every death recorded across the country. That equated to a natural increase of 893,707, accounting for 46% of the population increase from 2019 to 2020. 

But this year, the net gain through natural increase accounted for only 4.7% of that growth. 

So, where does Biden and his lack of concern of the crisis at our southern border come in?

Given that the White House Press Secretary, Jenn Psaki, stands fast that the President knows first hand what is going on down there because he visited El Paso, Texas in 2008, it is hard to argue that this administration has a clue about the battle being waged by local, state and federal law enforcement as the tide of illegal border crossing continue to increase by record numbers.

Luckily, the Vice President, whom Biden put in charge of controlling the immigration problem, also visited El Paso.

That is only a 12-hour drive from where the major issues are occurring in places like Del Rio and La Joya, Texas. The former was then scene where nearly 15,000 Haitian migrants we camped out under a bridge. While 2,000 were expelled and returned to Haiti, the remaining number were permitted to stay in the US. 

But it isn’t just Rio Grande River crossing that are creating increased numbers and threatening our national security as people unfriendly to the US pour into the country. 

Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the Senate recently, said that he could say with any confidence what number of Afghan nationals evacuated in the botched withdrawal from that country had been thoroughly vetted before boarding a plane to the US. 

Close to 130,000 were airlifted out of the country. Many are still awaiting final disposition of their vetting and will wind up being resettled in the US, Germany, or several other countries. 

Mayorkas indicated that roughly 50,000 of those will wind up in this country before the process is complete. 

According to a report on PBS:

“‘We have a moral imperative to protect them, to support those who have supported this nation,’ said Mayorkas, who as a child came to the U.S. as a refugee from Cuba with his family. 

‘Our mission is not accomplished until we have safely evacuated all U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan or lawful permanent residents, all individuals who have assisted the United States in Afghanistan,’ he said. ‘This effort will not end until we achieve that goal.'”

According to that same article, more than 25,000 of those Afghan nationals are being housed on US military installations.

The eight bases, along with the total numbers are: Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 8,800; Fort Bliss, Texas, 6,200; Fort Lee, Virginia, 1,700; Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst, 3,700; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 650; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, 800; Fort Pickett, Virginia, 3,650 and Camp Atterbury, Indiana, 65.

The federal government is refusing to enforce its own laws on immigration. They are forcing the states and local municipalities to fight this crisis. Even the federal courts have ruled that this administration must reinstate some of the policies put in place by his predecessor.  

Yet, they continue to dodge question, cast blame on previous President’s policies, and handcuff federal agents from doing their jobs, signaling to people all over the world that they can simply walk into this country…no questions asked. 

They even included immigration reform in the recent House version of the spending bill. In essence, 6.5 million people in the country illegally, since as early as 2011, would be given back-dated work permits totaling 10 years.

This would allow them to apply for legal permanent residency, which is the first step towards citizenship. If the Senate passes the spending bill as is, that measure would be included and signed into law. 

While it is easy to concede that most of those are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families, it must also be agreed that there are large numbers of people who are bad actors and have no intention of doing anything but causing harm to Americans. 

And the policies of this administration are allowing it to happen. 

Biden administration is using pandemic and immigration to turn America into a ‘sanctuary country’

WASHINGTON, DC – While red and blue cities and states battle over “sanctuary” immigration status and legality, the Biden White House has openly been forcing all of America to become a “sanctuary country.”

This is the message illustrated in great detail by popular podcast host and Founders Code blogger Denise Simon in a November 25 article titled, “Biden Admin Is Forcing Every City/Town to Be an Illegal Sanctuary.”

In the article published on Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal, Simon questions the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement policies, COVID-19 travel restrictions, and lack of border security.

She makes the strong argument that the entire system is designed by the administration to restrict citizens while forcing them to accept illegal immigrants into their communities.

In the article, she wrote:

“Where is the compliance with the law on this?

“Flying into the United States from any foreign country, passengers even though vaccinated with validated proof still go through extreme procedures due to COVID including additional testing, including American citizens returning home. Yet… walking across the Southern border requires… NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING.”

Under new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations updated on November 24, all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States must receive a COVID-19 test and show a negative test or present documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days. before entering a flight. This requirement applies even if the person has been vaccinated.

Adding to the difficulty of getting tested before a flight, the passenger must obtain the test no more than three days before the flight if vaccinated, and no more than one day before the flight if not vaccinated against the virus.

The process described here is a summary of what is actually a complicated web of regulations and requirements that travelers and airlines must navigate to fly into the United States. The order is 65 pages long.

The CDC states that the new regulations are necessary to protect American citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.

Simon pointed out that strict regulations designed to protect American citizens are being bypassed and ignored by the Biden administration when it comes to immigration enforcement. In fact, the Biden administration has been flying illegal immigrants into communities across the country on “secret,” midnight flights without any approval from any state’s government or citizens.

In October, the administration even admitted to the flights. During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the administration “flying thousands of migrants from the border to Florida and New York in the middle of the night.”

In a moment of uncommon Washington honesty, Psaki admitted to the flights:

“Well, I’m not sure it’s in the middle of the night but let me tell you what’s happening here.

“Here we are talking about early flights, earlier than you might like to take a flight. It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor and that’s something we take seriously.”

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Although she only admitted to flying children into the interior U.S., there are sufficient photographs and video in the media to show that adults have also been on those flights.

In early November, the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that more than 70 night-time flights moving migrants from the border landed in Jacksonville since the summer. Larry Keefe, DeSantis’s public safety czar, said:

“Over 70 air charter flights [on] jetliner airliners coming from the southwest border have landed at Jacksonville International Airport.

“On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September.”

Keefe said Florida was investigating the flights because the state had not been told anything about the illegal aliens on the plane, and had no idea who was being dropped off in their cities:

“We’re in a sad situation of trying to run an investigation. Who is facilitating this travel? How are they getting here? Who are the support people? Who are the sponsors?”

Despite tight restrictions on American citizens flying into the U.S., no such requirements apply to illegal immigrants crossing the southern border in record numbers or being flown into the interior U.S. on the taxpayer’s dime.

Psaki addressed the issue during a press conference in September, shortly after the President ordered about two-thirds of the country’s workers to be vaccinated. During the presser, she defended the President’s policy not to test illegal immigrants:

“As individuals come across the border, and they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms, if they have symptoms they are.

“The intention is for them to be quarantined. That is our process, they’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time, I don’t think it’s the same thing. It’s not the same thing.

“We are expelling individuals based on Title 42 specifically because of COVID because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves.”

Title 42 expulsions under the Trump-era law are removals by the U.S. government of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present.

In addition to the lack of testing, the Biden administration issued orders through the Department of Homeland Security to severely restrict immigration enforcement. ICE agents are not permitted to enforce immigration in “protected areas,” which include schools, medical facilities, recreation centers, and public demonstrations.

ICE agents are also ordered not to target illegal aliens for arrest and deportation unless they fit three tight categories: a national security threat, imminent risk of harm to another, hot pursuit of a border crosser, imminent risk of criminal evidence being destroyed, and if a safe location does not exist for the illegal immigrant inside the U.S.

In the article, Simon writes:

“Those who recently recovered from COVID-19 may travel with documentation of recovery and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official indicating the patient is cleared for travel.

“However, it was just a few months ago that a federal judge blocked portions of Florida law passed in 2019 preventing the entire state of Florida from being a sanctuary state.”

Simon was referring to a court ruling in September that blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, declaring portions of a law unconstitutional and tinged with “discriminatory motives.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported at the time:

“The judge’s ruling struck down a key portion of the 2019 law that prohibits local and state officials from adopting ‘sanctuary’ policies for undocumented migrants, a main focus for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who vowed to ban ‘sanctuary cities’ in Florida when running for governor in 2018 even though there were none in the state.

The judge also blocked the state from enforcing a provision in the law that requires law enforcement officers and agencies to ‘use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law’ when they are acting within their official duties.”

In closing, Simon offered Gov. DeSantis some advice to combat the liberal agenda of creating a “sanctuary country”:

“So, the Biden administration is taking advantage of this ruling by flying into the State of Florida, secretly and without any warning, several dozen flights full of illegal immigrants. Frankly, Governor DeSantis should revoke all landing rights to DHS chartered flights…

“Policies and procedures are NOT law by the way.”

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