Three illegal aliens and one U.S. citizen who teamed up in a failed attempt smuggle 18 illegal aliens into the United States last June have all pleaded guilty to their roles in the crime.
Dario Puga-Moreno, 30, an illegal alien from Mexico, crashed a Chevrolet Suburban SUV packed with illegal aliens in Robstown, TX, near Corpus Christi. He was fleeing from law enforcement at the time, and ultimately fled to Houston before he was captured.
Six illegal aliens riding in the SUV were tragically killed in the wreck, and twelve others were injured.
At the time, the crash made national headlines.
Puga-Moreno escaped the scene with the help of three co-conspirators, according to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which often works with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to investigate illegal alien crimes.
Illegal alien and Mexican national Agustin Gutierrez-Gonzalez, 33, admitted to helping Puga-Moreno escape from the scene.
Both men were illegally present in the United States, and both had been previously deported. Both pleaded guilty to to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens into the United States causing death or serious bodily injury, as well as illegal re-entry. They will be sentenced on April 22, and face up to life in prison.
Elena Ruiz, 35, of Corpus Christi, who identified herself to law enforcement as Puga-Moreno’s girlfriend, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens into the United States causing death or serious bodily injury. She will also be sentenced on April 22, and faces up to life in prison.
The fourth person charged in the incident was Mayra Chaver, 32, of Honduras, who pleaded guilty last week to assisting an illegal alien to evade arrest, and received time served as her sentence.
It is unclear whether ICE has plans to deport Chaver.
News of the guilty pleas comes as Democrats push “the most radical immigration bill of all time,” which appears to provide amnesty for illegal aliens present in the United States for more than five years, would decriminalize border crossings completely, would make every state a “sanctuary” state, and offers what far-left lawmakers call “the right to come home” to anyone deported from the United States after 1996.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Monday that he will file multiple federal lawsuits against “sanctuary” cities which harbor illegal aliens in defiance of federal law, calling the move a “significant escalation” against city and state governments that hinder the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”
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