Texas – The United States Attorney, Alamdar S. Hamdani, stated that 43-year-old Florida man Joan Rincon has been handed a 25-month sentence in federal prison for transporting undocumented aliens. Rincon pleaded guilty on July 27 in front of U.S. District Judge David S. Morales. He will also be on supervised release for two years after his jail sentence is over.
The court was informed about Rincon’s actions during the sentencing process. These actions included transporting aliens in a grain hauler. 15 undocumented people, including a child who was traveling alone, were transported. The court highlighted the severity of Rincon’s actions during the sentencing hearing and said that the people who were being transported “deserved better.”
Details about how Rincon was caught were written down in court papers. Rincon went up to the main inspection line at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Sarita on May 7. Authorities were alerted to the grain hauler he was driving by a K-9 unit.
After a second check, 15 undocumented aliens were found inside the hauler and five more were found in the cabin. It was said to be very hot inside the grain hauler, and one of the illegal people said they couldn’t drink water because they were sweating so much and were afraid they would pass out from the heat.
Even though Rincon’s actions were nothing but serious, he was allowed to stay out on bond and will freely turn himself in to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, which will be decided at a later date. This case shows the ongoing problems and human rights concerns that come with illegally transporting people across countries. It also shows how important it is to handle immigration issues in a fair and legal way.