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Published:August 21st, 2007 07:44 EST
Haitian citizens sentenced to 37 months for human smuggling

Haitian citizens sentenced to 37 months for human smuggling

By SOP newswire

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - Two Haitian citizens received a collective sentence of 37 months in prison here this month after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation revealed that they were part of a scheme that involved the smuggling of illegal aliens from Haiti to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dorsainvil Jean, 30, and Rozeline Silveus, 22, were found guilty of human smuggling charges on April 3, 2007 during a trial presided by Judge Curtis V. Gomez at the U.S. District Court for the District of U.S. Virgin Islands.

On Aug. 8, 2007, Judge Curtis sentenced Dorsainvil Jean to an incarceration term of 21 months. Rozeline Silveus was sentenced on Aug. 15, 2007 to 16 months.

"ICE and our Department of Homeland Security partners in Puerto Rico are working together to detect and apprehend those who think that they can break the law and get away with it," said Manuel Oyola Torres, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico. "Those who try to use the U.S. territories as a springboard to smuggle illegal aliens into the continental United States should know that we will find you and ensure that you feel the full weight of the law."

This enforcement action was part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a comprehensive multi-year plan launched by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Under SBI, Homeland Security seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently. SBI also involves strong interior enforcement efforts, including enhanced worksite enforcement investigations and intensified efforts to track down and remove illegal aliens inside this country.

 

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