Smuggling Persons, Transporting Illegal Aliens, Human Trafficking
What is Smuggling of Persons?
Smuggling a Person is a felony. If a person uses a car, plane or boat to take an individual for the purpose of hiding the individual from the police, to flee from the police, to get money or to cause bodily harm, then this action is a felony in the second degree (defendant will face up to 20 years in prison). Section 20.05 Texas Penal Code.
Transporting Illegal Aliens
Tranporting illegal aliens is a Federal crime. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).
Alien Smuggling — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(i) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing that a person is an alien, to bring to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien.
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