JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announced Thursday that 119 illegal aliens have been prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office since the execution of multiple federal criminal and administrative search warrants at seven sites in Mississippi Aug. 7, 2019. The charges stemmed from the detention of 680 suspected illegal residents in the single largest work site enforcement action.
The federal indictments charge the defendants with misusing Social Security numbers of American citizens, fraudulently claiming to be a U.S. citizen, falsifying immigration documents and reentering the United States after having previously been deported or removed.
To date, the government says forty-seven of the 119 indicted illegal aliens have pleaded guilty, with a number of others indicating their intent to plead guilty. Of those who have already done so, twenty-six admitted to fraudulently using the Social Security number of an American citizen, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B). The other 21 of these illegal aliens have admitted unlawfully reentering the United States after having been previously deported or removed, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a).
The remaining have been charged with these same crimes, as well as some charged with falsely claiming to be a United States citizen, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 911, and making false statements in immigration documents, in violated of 18 U.S.C. § 1546.
"Americans have been directly harmed by the theft of their identities, resulting in citizens not being able to get loans or credit cards, obtain health insurance, and perform other basic activities," said Hurst. "Every single one of the 680 aliens arrested in August broke our nation’s laws by coming to our country illegally. Turning a blind eye to their illegal acts would not be fair to our nation, their victims, or the millions of naturalized American citizens who waited years and meticulously followed the process by which to become an American."
Hurst said it's the job of his office to enforce federal laws equitably and fairly. He said doing so ensures the country's national security and sovereignty.