U.S. busts up Canadian-based human smuggling ring: Officials
Smugglers in Toronto, Montreal allegedly brought thousands of illegal aliens from all countries into the U.S.
Nov 28, 2007 07:12 PM
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have broken up two of the largest human smuggling rings ever discovered in the northeastern United States, and both are based in Canada.
The rings, operating from Toronto and Montreal, allegedly smuggled hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States from Korea, Pakistan, India and countries in Central America beginning in 2004. The illegal aliens walked across the U.S.-Canada border and then were picked up and taken to cities along the East Coast.
U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson said there was no indication either group smuggled in anyone who would be considered a terrorist, but that the smugglers would move anyone who paid up to $10,000 per person to get into the states.
"When an organization has established a pipeline to aliens from various countries, including countries with terrorists, into the United States, they don't care who's passing through that pipeline as long as they are paying," Anderson said.
"They don't care if its a family looking for a better life or a terrorist looking to harm America."
The two indictments charge 11 people. Eight of them have been arrested, including one in Korea. Three others were still being sought: one in the United States and two in Canada.
According to the indictments, a Toronto-based smuggling run was run by Chol Min Jang, 49, and Dal San Jang, 44, who were arrested recently in Ontario by the RCMP.
The second group was led by Jose Manuel Galdamez-Serrano, 54, a native of El Salvador operating in the Montreal area. Galdamez-Serrano was also arrested recently by the RCMP.
Read it all at The Toronto Star.
Here is a related story also found at The Toronto Star.
Immigration consultants accused of misconduct
Trio cited in Star series face disciplinary hearing
Nov 26, 2007 04:30 AM
Three GTA consultants whose operations were profiled in a Star investigative series into unscrupulous immigration advisers are facing disciplinary hearings for professional misconduct.
The charges against Yolanda Simao of Toronto Prolegal Immigration Solutions, and brothers Gurpreet and Kamalpreet Khaira of Mississauga's CWC Immigration Solutions Inc., followed the newspaper's six-month investigation earlier this year that documented how consultants still take advantage of vulnerable newcomers despite the industry's creation of a regulatory body in 2004.
The series detailed how 24 Korean truck drivers paid thousands of dollars to an unregulated recruiter in Seoul, who teamed up with consultant Simao to find them Canadian employment.
The drivers said they were told they would earn $60,000 a year and could expect to get Canadian permanent residency after getting a work permit. However, the jobs evaporated because their English was not up to par.
Simao said at the time her client was the foreign recruiter and she was not retained by any driver and didn't perform official immigration work on their behalf.
Eighteen of the drivers later complained to the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants regulatory body.
In the Khairas' case, their employee Karan Arora was captured by a hidden camera advising an undercover Star reporter to file a refugee claim, despite the reporter's insistence that she had no real reason to seek asylum.
The Toronto Star investigation cited above can be read here.
This kind of "consulting" is more prevalent than I think the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants wants us to realize. They only acted in this case because the Toronto Star did an investigation piece. These "consultants" facing disciplinary action are just scapegoats for a corrupt profession peddling Canadian citizenship to foreigners like it is a commodity. What makes this all the more unnerving is that many of these "Canadians" are immigrants themselves who then advise other immigrants on how to game the immigration system. How's that for loyalty? Makes you wonder what being a Canadian means to them. It's just another acquisition in a life dedicated to status seeking and material accumulation. It's sad really. And it makes me angry to see my citizenship thrown away to these people.