Sheriff: Illegal immigrant faked being kidnapped and raped so she could secure U Visa card

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MARION COUNTY, FL- The search is over for Marion County Sheriff’s deputies as a shocking turn of events has landed the victim of an alleged kidnapping rape case in jail. 

According to reports, an illegal immigrant in Florida allegedly faked being kidnapped and raped in order to secure a U-visa, a program allowing foreign nationals to stay in the United States if they claim to have been a crime victim. 

52-year-old Alma Duran, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has been arrested and charged with falsifying crimes after allegedly admitting to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office that she actually was not kidnapped, drugged, and raped as she previously claimed.

Back in March, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) was looking for what they believed to be a rapist who kidnapped, drugged, and raped a woman and then dumped her body a few hours later. Now, four months later, it turns out, it was all a lie.

At the time of her reported kidnapping, police found that she had been on the phone with Luis Guerrero, with whom she has had an affair with over the last five years.

Police said that Guerrero was convinced by Duran to help her fake the kidnapping and rape so that she could secure a U-visa and eventually a green card that would make her eligible for naturalized American citizenship in five years.

After police interrogated Guerrero about the incident, Duran allegedly admitted that she had faked the entirety of the reported kidnapping and rape to obtain the U-visa. Guerrero stated that he did not want to participate in Duran’s plan, but she convinced him and he had sexual relations with her.

Detectives on the case stated that it was exhausting. MCSO Public Relations Director Sgt. Paul Bloom said:

“It’s a lot of late nights, a lot of time away from their families trying to investigate this because it’s a concern and for good reason. We have our own families here in this community so if somebody is running around kidnapping people, drugging them, raping them, we need to find that person and quick.”

Duran was first reported “missing” when a co-worker could not find her during her shift at the Baseline Gulf Course. She was later found naked laying on the side of highway 314 near Sharpes Ferry. 

After being asked about the more than 100 phone calls to Guerrero and their relationships, she admitted that she had not been kidnapped. Bloom said:

“I know Sheriff Woods has said, illegal immigration does affect us here in Marion County and this is one example that he’s pointed out that it has and we want to see folks coming to our country the right way and living in our community abiding by the laws, not lying, not causing a big fiasco like this and a big mess like this.”

Thanks to California’s expansive sanctuary state policy, where illegal immigrants are shielded from arrest and deportation by federal immigration officials, Duran was able to get a $1,000 bond and has already been bailed out of the Marion County Jail.

Now it is up to the courts to decide on what her punishment will be, whether that’s ordering her to pay back funds lost during the investigation or she could potentially be deported back to Mexico.

In 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailed potential widespread abuse of the U-visa program spurred by a provision in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in which more than 2,200 cases of potential fraud by foreign nationals have been detected since 2013. 

In Fiscal Year 2014, there were fewer than 200 cases of potential fraud in the U-visa program. By Fiscal Year 2019, the number of potential fraud cases had increased to more than 800, a 305 percent jump in six years.

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Carlson exposes whistleblower report: U.S. military being used to fly illegal immigrants into U.S. interior

July 16th, 2021

LAUGHLIN AFB, TX – During a recent segment on his show, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson proclaimed that the Biden administration is using Laughlin Air Force Base as a means to fly illegal immigrants into the country’s interior.

This revelation shared by Carlson came by way of a leaked email coming from within the base where a Laughlin Air Force Base squadron commander was ordering his personnel to keep quiet about various 737 aircraft that may be seen on the tarmac loading up illegal immigrants.

On July 14th, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew J. Burrows, who commands the 87th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB, managed to become national news – unwittingly, of course.

Said primetime news mentioning was through a leaked email sent by Lieutenant Colonel Burrows where he informed his instructor pilots to avoid photographing planes or posting anything on social media about unusual 737s on the Laughlin AFB tarmac.

Within the email that was shared on Tucker Carlson’s show, a portion of the email noted that these 737s are being used to transport illegal immigrants:

“[A]ll we can say is, ‘In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Del Rio Border Patrol will be using the Laughlin AFB runway to transport undocumented non-citizens via a Boeing 737.”

Tucker Carlson believes that the base is being used as a means to discreetly transport illegal immigrants further into the country’s interior.

It’s not exactly clear how exactly on internal email from an Air Force squadron managed to make it onto the Carlson’s show.

When reached for comment, Lieutenant Dan Rubio, a spokesperson for the 47th Flying Training Wing Commander Craig Prather, stated that any action regarding this leaked email is a matter that “is between Lieutenant Colonel Burrows and his command structure.”

When pressed further regarding what may happen in light of the leaked email, Lieutenant Rubio said it was “outside his lane” to speculate on what might happen.

Witness accounts of these Boeing 737s began to crop up earlier in July prior to the Tucker Carlson episode that premiered on July 14th, as Frank Lopez Jr. uploaded a video to Facebook on July 8th showing one of these aircrafts landing on the Laughlin AFB tarmac and noting that he was already privvy to these aircrafts hosting illegal immigrants.

Flight records also show that a Boeing 737 took off from Laughlin AFB on July 14th at approximately 10:55 a.m. and landed at the Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana at approximately 12:13 p.m., which flight records show it was an aircraft owned by iAero Airways, also known as Swift Air.

Which, according to data related to awarded government contracts, Swift Air happens to have standing contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One forum referred to iAero’s government contracts with ICE as the “bread and butter of the company”.

Needless to say, it is an interesting revelation to find that illegal immigrants are allegedly being transported via aircraft using military installations further into the country’s interior.

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In terms of immigration-related efforts being taken by the Biden administration, another recent development we at Law Enforcement Today reported on relates to deported veterans offered a path back into the country. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – According to reports, the Biden administration recently revealed plans to allow military veterans that had been deported from the U.S. after their service to be afforded a pathway to return the U.S. legally.

In most cases when it comes to military veterans being deported after their time in the service, the individuals enlisted into the service while as a Law Permanent Resident (LPR), or what most people commonly refer to as green card holders.

However, when those LPR veterans find themselves convicted of any number of offenses ranging anywhere from theft to murder, then they are subject to deportation – just like any other non-former service member that is a green card holder.

On July 2nd, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sent out orders to the nation’s various immigration agencies to piece together a “rigorous, systematic approach” to review cases involving veterans that were deported in a manner that Mayorkas says “failed to live up to our highest values.”

Mayorkas’ announcement on the endeavor noted that former noncitizen service members and their immediate family could stand to benefit from this repatriation effort:

“Together with our partner the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled

“Today we are taking important steps to make that a reality.”

What isn’t exactly clear at this point is what the qualifiers would be for former service members deported to be granted a pathway to legally return to the U.S., as there are a variety of criminal offenses that range from non-violent all the way up to murder that sees green card holders ordered removed from the country.

A memo from ICE Director Tae Johnson, USCIS Director Tracy Renaud and CBP Commissioner Troy Miller that was addressed to Mayorkas on July 2nd didn’t afford much clarification on what sort of cases would be considered either.

After the memo noted that military service to the country is “a sacrifice that demonstrates, most profoundly, loyalty to our nation”, the immigration officials shared a bulleted list of action items highlighting that they’ll get to work with the DHS, DoD, and Department of Veteran Affairs to establish some sort of process.

According to the memo, there is mention that only “certain previously removed former noncitizen service members” would be given consideration for a pathway to return to the U.S., but the memo doesn’t expand what that may look like in the future:

“Use DHS’s prosecutorial discretion and other legal authorities to receive and review requests from certain previously removed former noncitizen service members and immediate family members of service members to return to the United States to facilitate better access to appropriate VA benefits, legal counsel, and the U.S. legal system for purposes of requesting post-conviction relief or reopening of removal proceedings, if warranted.

We will develop a Department-wide approach to reviewing requests for relief from removal by previously removed noncitizen service members and immediate family members of service members to support humane and consistent outcomes.”

Data on the number of deported former service members is also shoddy, as ICE doesn’t maintain any sort of formal database noting encounters with former service members.

However, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office published back in 2019 noted that the OPLA’s PLAnet (Principal Legal Advisor Network) was able to uncover that at least 250 noncitizen veterans were placed into removal proceedings between 2013 and 2018, with ERO data showed at least 92 of them were ordered deported.

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In other immigration related news, CNN recently published a report noting that over 1 million illegal immigrants have been detained at the southern border since October of 2020. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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US/MEXICO BORDER – The issue and volume of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States via the southern border is a matter that not even CNN is ignoring at this point, as a report from the outlet on June 29th notes that over 1,000,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since October of 2020.

A number that even the outlet acknowledged surpassed the tally from the border crisis under the Trump administration in 2019, with there still being three months remaining in the 2021 fiscal year.

In a recent report from CNN, the outlet cited data provided by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that said over 1,000,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested after illegally crossing into the United States by way of the southern border since October of 2020.

This report from CNN concurs with a report released by Reuters on June 25th, with said outlet reportedly confirming with officials that preliminary figures for the month of June put the number of apprehensions at the southern border at over 1,000,000.

Reuters report noted that if current trends along the southern border continue as is, then the U.S. could anticipate as many as 1.7M apprehensions by the end of the fiscal year:

“At the current pace, the total border arrests for the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, would be the highest since 2000, when nearly 1.7 million migrants were apprehended by U.S. authorities.”

There’s still healthy debate as to what are the primary factors influencing the influx of illegal crossings at the southern border. Republicans tend to blame President Joe Biden’s approach to immigration enforcement and general policies for the uptick in illegal border crossings since he has taken office.

However, those across the political aisle from the GOP proclaim that the border crisis is more so impacted by things like poverty, food insecurity and overall violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

While there is speculation that the public health authority known as Title 42 may be getting shuttered in the near future, the Biden administration seems to have relied heavily on the former President Trump edict that allows for swift expulsions at the southern border for those caught illegally crossing.

Preliminary numbers for the month of June show that there was an average of over 6,300 people encountered crossing into the country via the southern border illegally every single day.

Wanton language by some Democrats certainly isn’t helping in the perceived invitingness of the southern border, such as Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar who referred to El Paso, Texas as the “new Ellis Island” recently before cameras in June:

“Welcome to El Paso. Welcome to my community, to the new Ellis Island, to the capital of the border.”

Overall, the border crisis isn’t diminishing – it’s getting progressively worse month-over-month.

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