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Senator Tillis Introduces Asylum Reform Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 March 2021 11:58
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Secure and Protect Act of 2021, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that reforms broken policies and stops the abuse of our asylum laws. The problem has been exacerbated by President Biden, who in one of his first actions upon taking office, eliminated the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy implemented by President Trump which had greatly reduced the abuse of asylum laws.
The major provisions of the Secure and Protect Act of 2021 include:
Asylum applications from residents of the Northern Triangle or countries that border it would be filed at refugee processing centers – not in the United States. These centers would be established in Central America and Mexico. 
Modify U.S. law to allow families to be held together safely for longer than the 20 days currently allowed by the Flores decision. Requires families to be processed swiftly as priority cases.    
Appoint 500 new immigration judges and requisite support staff to reduce the current backlog of cases.
Unaccompanied minors (UAC) from Central America would be treated the same as minors from Canada and Mexico. This would allow the United States to return all UAC to their country of origin after the appropriate screening. 
“The situation at our southern is undeniably a crisis,” said Senator Tillis. “We must address this problem head-on and this legislation does so by requiring unaccompanied minors to file their asylum claim in their home countries and also provides more rigorous standards for processing asylum claims.” 
Today, just like in 2018 and 2019 before ‘Remain in Mexico’ was implemented, our Customs and Border Protection officials are overwhelmed by economic migrants seeking asylum from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, also known as the Northern Triangle countries. 
These asylum seekers, and the smugglers who profit off them, have learned to game the U.S. immigration system. Due to our broken asylum system, migrants are emboldened by the ease in which they can simply walk across the border into the United States and remain here. They travel to the U.S.-Mexico border, locate a Customs and Border Protection official, turn themselves in, and request asylum.  
Now, officials at the border are looking at numbers of migrants larger than 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined and increasingly, they are children.  
Senator Tillis is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to discuss the crisis at the border.
Russian Couple Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges In Murder For Hire Plot PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:23
 Leonid Teyf, 59, a Russian national formerly residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty today to bribery of a public official, visa fraud, and false statements on a tax return.  Tatiana Teyf, 43, pled guilty to a false statement in an immigration matter.
In December 2018, Teyf was charged in an indictment with the bribery, murder-for-hire, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, harboring illegal aliens, and unlawful use of a visa procured through false claims.  Teyf was also charged in a money laundering conspiracy with Tatiana Teyf and others, and several tax charges regarding the wrongful denial of the existence of overseas financial interests and the failure to file required forms in regard to the same overseas accounts.
The indictment alleged that between 2010 and 2012, Leonid Teyf received kickbacks of Russian government funds amounting to more than $150,000,000.  The indictment additionally alleged that since December 2010, Leonid and Tatyana Teyf and others opened at least 70 financial accounts at four financial institutions in the names of themselves and businesses under their control and received an approximate total of $39,500,000 in 294 wire transfers.   By December 2018, approximately $9 million of these funds remained in accounts within the United States and the funds were seized at that time.
The indictment further alleged Teyf knowingly used and possessed a U.S. immigrant visa which he had procured through false claims made on his I-140 application and that he and Tatiana Teyf had harbored and assisted other persons from Russia in coming to and remaining in the United States.
As otherwise alleged in publicly available documents filed in federal court by the Government, during the course of the investigation into the money laundering charges, Leonid Teyf came to believe that Tatiana Teyf was having an affair with another man.  Leonid Teyf discussed with an FBI confidential source having the man murdered.  Teyf also paid an employee with the United States Department of Homeland Security $10,000 to find the man and have him deported from the United States.  When the deportation plan was taking a longer period of time than he expected, Leonid Teyf returned to the previously discussed murder-for-hire plan and paid the confidential source $25,000 to kill the man before the end of 2018.  To assist in the commission of the murder, Leonid Teyf supplied the confidential source with a firearm on which the serial number had been removed.
Teyf entered a plea of guilty to violations of 18 U.S.C. § 201, the payment of the $10,000 bribery to the federal official, 18 U.S.C. § 1546, visa fraud, and 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1), filing a false tax return.  Tatiana Teyf plead guilty to a separately filed Criminal Information, which charged a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1015(a), making a false statement in an immigration document.  Both agreed to forfeit assets in the total amount of $5,900,241 and Teyf agreed to forfeit the firearm that was provided to the confidential source.  He also agreed to be judicially deported once his sentence is complete.  
Pursuant to the plea, the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina agreed to dismiss the murder-for-hire, firearm, money laundering,  harboring illegal aliens, and all but one of the tax charges against Teyf, and to seek a sentence of 60 months’ imprisonment for him.  Pursuant to Tatiana Teyf’s plea to the charge in the Criminal Information, all charges against her in the Indictment will be dismissed and the government will not seek a term of imprisonment.
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement, noting, “Attempts to subvert U.S. laws through lies and bribery cannot be tolerated.  This is particularly true when such attempts are done with the intent of causing greater harm and this office stands ready to pursue these cases with every available tool.  Thankfully, through the proactive work of our law enforcement partners, the violence desired was prevented.”  
U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan accepted the plea. The investigation of this case was conducted by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Raleigh Police Department. 
Man Convicted After Trying To Eat Memory Cards Containing Child Porn PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:36
A federal jury convicted David Sierra Orozco, 31, a Mexican national and recent resident of Georgia, of possessing child pornography.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on July 25, 2017, members of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office were observing traffic outside of Dunn city limits, when they spotted a Lexus whose registered owner had an expired license.   They followed the Lexus, and after observing it twice drift across the center lane, conducted a traffic stop.
The driver identified himself as Orozco and presented a Mexican consular ID but no valid driver’s license.  Officers noticed that Orozco appeared extremely nervous—he was sweating profusely despite the air conditioner on high and was shaking uncontrollably.   They also noticed tool marks on the car’s instrument panel and that the cover was not flush with the dashboard.   Recognizing this as signs of a possible hidden “trap” in the dashboard, officers called for a K-9 deputy.  As the traffic stop proceeded, Orozco consented to a search, and the K-9 arrived and alerted to the car.  Within a trap in the dashboard, officers found $111,252 in cash, wrapped in blocks within grocery bags.  
While being processed into the Harnett County Jail on a charge of driving without a license, Orozco was searched.  A folded up $100 bill was removed from his pocket, and as law enforcement unfolded it, several MicroSD memory cards fell out.  Orozco lunged for the floor, picked up what appeared to be two memory cards, and put them in his mouth.  Officers recovered one chewed half of a memory card from his mouth and three intact cards from the floor.  
Law enforcement obtained a search warrant based on possible narcotics trafficking. But upon opening the first MicroSD memory card, they spotted what appeared to be child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography.  After securing a second search warrant, a full forensic review uncovered over 261 videos and 2 images of child pornography on one MicroSD memory card, another 14 videos on a second memory card, and 5 child pornography thumbnails on the defendant’s smart phone.  Most files depicted children under 12 years of age.  
Along with the child pornography, the forensic examiner found files linking the devices to Orozco.  Two of the memory cards and the cell phone contained photographs that Orozco had taken of himself.  The other card contained a photo of a car that an officer confirmed was the same make, model, and color as the Lexus that Orozco had been driving.  Forensics further showed that Orozco had taken and sent one of the photos of himself using the same mobile application that had been used to collect the child pornography.  
Orozco faces a maximum of 240 months in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced during the court’s June 21, 2021 term.
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III accepted the verdict. The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Homeland Security have investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh is prosecuting.
Raleigh Man Faces Up To 20 Years In Federal Prison After Setting Store On Fire During Riot PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:31
A Raleigh man pled guilty today to setting a fire inside a store in Raleigh after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Richard Rubalcava, of Raleigh Rubalcava a statutory mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000. 
He was arrested on June 18, 2020, by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and was charged by indictment with two counts of maliciously damaging or destroying, or attempting to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an explosive, any building or other real or personal property affecting interstate or foreign commerce.  
According to the indictment, on May 30, 2020, at approximately 12:13a.m., a fire was discovered at the Dollar General Express located at 149 East Davie Street, Raleigh, after it had been looted by rioters. Video surveillance was obtained from the Dollar General Express.  The video shows Rubalcava enter the business and place numerous items in a Dollar General Bag.  Rubalcava leaves and re-enters the business numerous times.  Each time Rubalcava enters the business, he would steal items from the store. Further video surveillance captured Rubalcava inside the Dollar General Express setting fire to miscellaneous items located on an aisle endcap.  Rubalcava appears to exit the store after setting the fire.  
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. accepted the plea. The Raleigh Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Smith  is prosecuting the case.
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