Skip to comments.Efforts to Get Illegal Immigrant Smugglers – Not Illegals – Go Too Far
Posted on 12/17/2017 10:15:55 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
A young handyman in southern Arizona has been charged with allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants. Theres just one problem. The evidence overwhelmingly shows he was actually trying to transport them to the border patrol.
Under the Obama administration, emphasis turned to targeting human smugglers instead of illegal immigrants, due to the politically correct climate dealing with illegal immigrants. Derrick McCoy, a 20-year-old handyman, is the latest casualty of this misguided approach.
The Arizona Daily Independent extensively covered the story. McCoy was asked to watch over the property of nearby neighbors Billy and Anna Grossman while they were out of town. Living in close proximity to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Grossmans are concerned about illegal immigrants and smugglers intruding, as well as wildlife. The couple was especially concerned about theft. The Grossmans have two horses, four dogs and five cats.
Sure enough, McCoy received a text message from neighbor David Robinson at 8:30 a.m. on November 11, alerting him that illegal immigrants had been seen near the property of two women and in front of the Grossmans home. The women saw four Hispanic men in camo, who looked like the four men who had stolen a truck from one of their husbands four months previous. McCoy said that law enforcement takes 35 to 40 minutes to respond to incidents located there, since the Grossmans live in such a secluded location. So, he thought hed better go right over. He was told that the border patrol had been called already, so he did not bother calling them.
McCoy drove over to the Grossmans property in his SUV and confronted the men. Only one of the four could speak English. When one of the men became belligerent, McCoy pulled out his gun and told them all to lie on the ground. Next, he told them to get into his SUV. He intended to drive them to the border patrol. They got into the car and lied down. A border patrol agent said a camera captured them getting into the SUV. While driving, McCoy said one of the men asked him if he would take them to Tucson. Since he was in a precarious situation with all four of them in his car, he said sure even though he had no intention of letting them off the hook.
After a mere two minutes of driving, McCoy encountered several border patrol vehicles on the road. McCoy says he stopped immediately, got out of his car and told an agent there were illegal immigrants in his vehicle. The border patrol tried to claim afterward that McCoy tried to hide the fact that four grown men were lying down in his vehicle. They claim he told the men to get down. The illegal immigrants alleged afterward that they offered McCoy $200 to drive them, which McCoy denies agreeing to.
The border patrol filed a federal criminal complaint against McCoy on November 13. He faces three to five years in prison if convicted. None of the border patrol agents are named in the complaint, an apparent anomaly. McCoy has been offered a plea deal.
The case against McCoy doesnt pass the smell test. The Arizona Daily Independent sarcastically observes, The idea that anyone with an ounce of sense would stop his vehicle for about 15 law enforcement vehicles and then lie about whether there were four grown men in his vehicle is worthy of a Marx Brothers comedy movie, but does not resemble anything that would happen in the real world, when an officer is in contact with an honest, sober citizen. Why would McCoy try to evade the border patrol when he knew theyd already been called and were on their way? The border patrol saw the text message McCoy received. McCoy says he sees the border patrol in the area sometimes every day, sometimes only once a week.
The ranchers and farmers who hired McCoy could tell that he did not move to the area in order to become a human smuggler. He was there to assist them, which included protecting their property from illegal immigrants and smugglers.
The locals had nothing but good things to say about him to the Arizona Daily Independent. Neighbor David Robinson made a video with McCoy documenting what took place. McCoy lives with the Hargraves. Coni Hargrave believes his version of the story.
He just shoved his boots on and ran out of the house, she said. His main intention was to get them away from Billys so they wouldnt take anything from him. He was responsible for Billys property while Billy and Anna were out of town. John Hargrave watched the scene unfold from his front window as McCoy drew his firearm and had the illegal immigrants lie on the ground.
Misleading the illegal immigrants into briefly thinking he wasnt going to turn them over to the border patrol, because McCoy was nervous about his safety being outnumbered and driving, is not the same as human smuggling. McCoy was performing the exact opposite of smuggling he was turning the illegal immigrants in.
What this likely comes down to is some border patrol agents think they have to do something about illegal immigration, but since arresting illegal immigrants is considered politically incorrect, they are turning to arresting human smugglers instead. Since McCoy is white so there wont be a massive outcry hes an easy target. John Hargrave says, Its a feather in their cap. They can say they caught a smuggler. It looks good on paper, in other words.
Billy Grossman goes one step further in his analysis, Theyre more after Americans than they are illegals, he said. Ed Ashurst, a ranch manager and author who writes extensively on border issues, wonders why the border patrol didnt arrest the four men before the confrontation, since they must have seen them on camera.
This is a case of Orwellian, gross over prosecution, and it is horrific they have to ruin the life of a young man with an impeccable reputation in order to accomplish their politically correct agenda.
It sounds like some feds are trying to meet a quota and they dont give a shit whether the guy is guilty or not as long as they can count him as a number.
Misguided approach? It was Obama policy to charge people with treason for booting out illegals.
We need more than a wall but also end welfare for these types as a carrot
the illegals may have offered the guy money does not mean he accepted it. He may have gotten them in his vehicle to hand over to patrol without having been paid anything. just like undercover cops semi go along with plans to catch people doing illegal things.
We need to prosecute both aliens and their smugglers. A few cases of bad policing should not cause us to let up on smugglers.
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