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    10-year-sentences possible in Memphis logistics immigration case

    10-year-sentences possible in Memphis logistics immigration case

    Daniel Connolly, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 7:15 p.m. CT Dec. 19, 2017 | Updated 7:52 a.m. CT Dec. 20, 2017

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    Hilda Hernandez and her husband Edgar Marin-Lopez are facing a federal prison sentence of up to 10 years each and eventual deportation, and a child welfare agency in the state of Mississippi has taken custody of their two children, defense attorneys said.

    The charge: using fraudulent documents to get jobs at a logistics company.


    The children might remain in state care for a long time. Immigration holds have been placed on both husband and wife, meaning if they get out on bond, they could immediately be taken into immigration custody, lawyers said.


    More: Feds escalate criminal case against immigrants arrested at Memphis logistics firm


    More: 20 arrested at Memphis logistics company; processing took place at immigration office, state charges filed


    The threat of the decade-long sentences and the move of the couple's children to state care illustrates the severity of the charges facing the group of 20 immigrants from Mexico and central America arrested last month at the logistics company called Expeditors International. The situation also shows the consequences to their children.


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    "This is very unfair. All these people were doing was trying to work," said Gene Laurenzi, appointed Tuesday as defense lawyer for Edgar Lopez-Marin. He, his wife and other defendants made initial appearances.

    In a news conference last week, federal law enforcement officials said the government is pursuing this case hard because the workers had access to a sensitive air cargo area at Memphis International Airport that required special clearance.


    “It is imperative for the safety and security of our airports, seaports and railyards that all individuals requiring this type of special vetting present valid and genuine identification documents in the hiring process,” said Robert Hammer, assistant special agent in charge with Homeland Security Investigations, an arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


    The government hasn't alleged that the immigrants committed other crimes while on the job.


    Last week U.S. Atty. D. Michael Dunavant had said the immigrants might face five years in prison, not the 10 announced in court for some defendants Tuesday.


    The difference is that some immigrants were charged with fraudulent use of a green card immigration document, which carries a 10-year maximum sentence, while some were charged with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen, which carries a five-year maximum, said Joe Murphy, criminal chief with the federal prosecutor's office.

    Academic researchers from the University of Memphis concluded years ago that some staffing agencies in Memphis were willing to accept low-quality fake documents from immigrants. The researchers concluded it was part of a system that allowed bigger companies to use unauthorized immigrant labor without facing consequences.

    Laurenzi, the defense lawyer, said he doesn't know what the defendants did. "My question is what, if anything, did the employer know?"


    The government hasn't announced any charges against people associated with the temp agency the immigrants worked for, Provide Staffing Services, nor against Expeditors International, the freight company where they were placed.

    Representatives of Provide Staffing and Expeditors International didn't immediately return calls Tuesday.

    Another court-appointed defense lawyer, Lee Gerald, said the process of prosecuting, imprisoning and deporting the immigrants is a waste of taxpayer money.

    "It's Donald Trump's America!" he said, with a broad gesture to the courtroom scene behind him.


    It was a busy room: Hilda Hernandez and another female defendant sat in bright yellow-orange prison suits at a table. On the other side of the room were Edgar Lopez-Marin and about 15 other men wearing light tan prison clothes, chains around their waists, hands shackled in front of them.


    A cluster of interpreters, defense lawyers and defendants talked for about an hour Tuesday morning before Magistrate Judge Charmaine G. Claxton entered the room and started formal proceedings.


    Foster care


    Federal prosecutors say Hernandez and Lopez-Marin are both from Mexico. They were apparently working in the Memphis area and living across the state line in Mississippi.

    An immigration lawyer assisting Lopez-Marin's case, Jessica Wiseman, says Mississippi took their children into custody. She and Laurenzi said they didn't know the children's ages.


    A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services said state law doesn't allow her to comment.


    An administrator with DeSoto County Youth Court didn't return phone calls.


    Mauricio Calvo, head of the advocacy group Latino Memphis, said his organization is working with the couple and that it's likewise his understanding that their two children are in foster care in Mississippi. "What we have heard is they are OK."


    Several of the other immigrants arrested are also parents - it's unclear how many. Separately, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has said the agency resettled two young boys with a relative.


    Case transferred to federal court


    The immigrants were arrested Nov. 28 by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in cooperation with federal agents. They originally faced state criminal fraud charges and went through hearings in county court at 201 Poplar.

    Then on Dec. 13 the U.S. Attorney's Office announced it was filing federal charges in the cases. The Shelby County District Attorney dropped all the state charges.


    Federal prisoners generally serve a much greater percentage of their sentences than they would in the state system.


    No release on bond


    Lopez-Marin and his wife were among defendants Tuesday who didn't ask for hearings to be released on bond. The reason: even if they make bond, they could be taken into immigration custody and possibly shipped to a detention center in Louisiana.

    One of the defendants, Fernando Ramos-Jacobo, sought bail, but the judge said no because the immigration hold could disrupt the case.


    Several other bond hearings were reset for Thursday morning.


    Reach reporter Daniel Connolly at 529-5296, daniel.connolly@commercialappeal.com, or on Twitter at @danielconnolly.

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    Send those kids into the CARE AND CUSTODY of Mexico!

    We do not want to pay for them!
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    Send those kids into the CARE AND CUSTODY of Mexico!

    We do not want to pay for them!
    Oh hell yes! GET THEM THE FVCK OUT OF HERE ... NOW!!
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