While Tyrone Williams Serves Time in Prison for Illegal Hispanic Immigrant Smuggling, The Illegal Immigrant Smuggling Abelardo Flores Walks Free!

"............Tyrone Mapletoft Williams, a 32-year-old Jamaican immigrant, routinely hauled fresh milk in this trailer from upstate New York to Texas, often returning with a load of watermelons. On this night, he was engaged in something far more lucrative than a typical milk run.

For a fee of $7,500, he had agreed to carry a load of illegal immigrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint about 45 miles up the highway. After he was underway, however, Williams would be redirected by the smugglers to Houston, a six-hour drive.

Now, lights off, the rig followed a smuggler's "rabbit car" to the hiding spot. It made a looping turn, backed toward the brush and stopped. At the rear of the trailer, someone worked a set of levers to open the twin doors. There was a whistle and a command in Spanish: Hurry, hurry. The bushes and trees came alive. Scores of men, a dozen women and one 5-year-old boy, traveling with his father, dashed for the trailer.

Williams remained in the cab, engine running. The smuggler who had recruited him "” a chubby, ne'er-do-well of the border named Abelardo Flores "” told Williams it was best if passengers never got a look at their driver, just in case something went wrong on the road.

Flores positioned himself on the running board beside Williams, giving him the standard instructions: Remain "cool" at the checkpoint. Tell the agent you are running empty. If caught, feign surprise and claim that the people must have sneaked on board, perhaps while you were asleep or inside a truck stop.

One thing Flores did not tell Williams was how many people were being squeezed into his trailer. There were at a minimum 74, and some who boarded put the headcount closer to 100. Still, the loading did not take long, maybe 10 minutes.

The last to board was Maria Elena Castro-Reyes, a Honduran who was headed north to join her husband in Jasper, Ind. He had paid extra on the promise she could ride up front with the driver. So she marched to the passenger side of the cab and climbed up.

She knocked on the door with her fist. Nothing happened. She was not tall enough to look through the window. She heard music coming from inside. She knocked again. She thought the music stopped, but the door did not open. The idling diesel engine revved and the cab lurched, as if the driver had dropped the truck into gear.

Only then did Castro-Reyes move to the back of the trailer. She was appalled by what she saw. The trailer was stuffed with people standing shoulder to shoulder. She refused to board. Two smugglers grabbed her.

"They told me that I could not stay here, that I had to get on," she said later. "They got me by my feet and by my hair, and they threw me in."

With that, the doors were shut and locked from the outside, sealing tight a trailer filled with too many human beings. The dying would begin before they had made it halfway to Houston......"

............"Approaching death

INSIDE the trailer, the passengers were hurtling toward death, their bodies battered by heat, dehydration and a shortage of oxygen. In overlapping methods of attack, these three instruments of death would break down the kidneys, lungs, heart and brain. Along the way, they would produce pounding headaches, vomiting, bulging eyes, a maddening shortness of breath and hallucinations.

By now, most of the trailer occupants were too far gone to bang or shout. Some, spent, sunk to their knees in weariness. Others found places in the less-crowded front of the trailer to lie down and await death. Lorenzo Otero-Marquez recalled it felt "fresh" somehow on the floor. He lay in the blackness and listened to others flailing as they died, their bodies convulsed by seizures.

"You could only hear that they were dying," he testified. "They started to strike with their hands louder, and then they stopped striking."

Ana Gladis Marquez-Aguiluz also heard, and felt, these final throes: "They were hitting and some of them were kicking us "” strongly, not intentionally."

In the jumble of bodies, the living sometimes became pinned under the dead. The father of the 5-year-old was kneeling over his child when he too passed away.

"Everybody was falling down," recalled Castro-Reyes. "And they were shouting that people were dying. Some of them fell on me. And I was saying, 'Get me out of here. I don't belong here. They threw me on here.'"...................

........."The agent aimed a flashlight into the sleeper compartment at the back of the cab. If Matias Flores was banging away with his load brace, as he later insisted, Buchanan did not hear it. He examined Williams' passport and wanted to know about the young woman riding beside him.

Her name was Fatima Holloway. Williams, married with his third child on the way, had met the 28-year-old a few days earlier through a mutual friend in Cleveland, a fellow Jamaican immigrant who dealt in drugs. Holloway was being paid $1,000 by this man to carry cash to a narcotics transaction in Houston.".......

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This should be a painful lesson for any Black man or woman who conspires to smuggle illegal Hispanic immigrants and illicit drugs into the U.S., It is certain that in addition to Tyrone Williams prison sentence, Death Sentence, etc., the surviving illegal immigrant's heirs, and their attorney(s) have sued the owner(s) of the trucking company for wrongful death, etc., etc.

Like usual, some Black people have become so foolish as to become "fodder" for illegal immigrants........

.............illegal immigrants having everything to gain and nothing to lose to enter and re-enter the U.S. illegally, while Black people, in a Tyrone Williams, etc., etc., have everything to lose for participatiing in this illegal Hispanic immigrant, and illicit drug smuggling venture.

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Immigrant hospital proposal is pulled

March 18, 2007

A measure to redirect funds from a federal program that repays hospitals for treating illegal immigrants was pulled last week from an emergency spending bill.

The proposal, included in the supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war, had triggered protests from California and other border-state lawmakers, who said their hospitals struggled to cover the unpaid costs.

California hospitals spent about $700 million on healthcare for illegal immigrants in 2006 and received $73 million from the federal program.

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"Smuggler's life on the line, He drove and dumped the trailer that claimed 19 illegal immigrants. The death penalty case would turn on his intent.

By Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer

March 19, 2007

Houston "” IN his opening statement, the attorney for truck driver Tyrone Williams conceded a central point. Yes, the lawyer declared, Williams was "clearly guilty" of hauling illegal immigrants in a sealed trailer "” a tortuous, four-hour passage up the Rio Grande Valley that 19 of them did not survive.

It was also true, added Craig Washington, that once his client discovered all those "poor people" piled in stacks, he hastily unhooked his trailer and high-tailed it for Houston, concocting an alibi on the fly: "He doesn't get any merit badges for that," the attorney allowed.

As these concessions made clear, the United States vs. Tyrone Mapletoft Williams would not be a search to determine who was behind the wheel one steamy May night in 2003, or whether the trucker was in league with smugglers.

Rather, the trial would turn on intent, on what Williams knew, or should have known, was unfolding in the back of his 18-wheeler as he rolled up U.S. Highway 77 "” windows down, music on the CD player, a young woman at his side.

Seeking the death penalty, the prosecution painted Williams as a "vile and heartless truck driver" who ignored pounding and pleas from inside his trailer. In the defense telling, the truck driver was a poorly used tool of smugglers, who distracted him as they overloaded his trailer at a field outside the border town of Harlingen, Texas, and then, once the rig was underway, tripled the length of the journey.

The trial opened on a Monday in late October 2006, in the 11th-floor courtroom of U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal. It was not completed until mid-January, in part because of holiday breaks, in part because of illness, and in part because of the nature of the contested ground.

This was a courtroom struggle fought on the margins of the story line, with protracted wrangling, for example, over nuances such as whether Williams' passenger in the truck cab, a drug courier named Fatima Holloway, had heard a "bumping" or a "banging" coming from the trailer.

"Am I correct, Ms. Holloway," Washington asked during cross-examination, "that the description you gave to the noise here in your testimony ... you described it as a 'banging' noise, did you not?"

"Yes, I did."

"OK. And my question is: Did you describe it on May 24th of 2003" "” in a debriefing by investigators "” "as being a 'bumping' noise?"

"I may have. I don't remember."

"Is there a distinction in your mind between 'bumping' and 'banging'?"

"Yes."

"Which is louder?"

"Banging."

So it went, witness after witness, with the lawyers lingering over points that, though strategically pivotal, could seem almost picayune given the grotesque dimensions of the tragedy: Exactly how many illegal immigrants boarded? Who closed the trailer doors? What was the greater cause of death: a lack of oxygen or excessive heat?

Survivors speak

THE Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, a 12-story box of a building, operates on a centrally controlled air system. Whoever sets the temperature evidently is fond of sweaters. Jurors quickly took to wearing down vests and shawls into Rosenthal's cavernous courtroom. One attorney kept a woolen throw on his lap. During closing arguments, it was possible to see the foggy breath of attorneys as they addressed the jury.

The persistent chill seemed to mock the testimony of survivors who, one by one, came into court and described how the terrible heat in the trailer tore at their bodies. Much of the recounting entered the record almost as boilerplate, as the prosecutor worked down a checklist of questions needed to pin down specific elements of the charges.

Here, for example, was Dilcia Sambrano-Molina, a 24-year-old Honduran with a long ponytail and a shy smile, testifying about conditions in the trailer at the journey's end:

Did there come a time when she felt she "crossed over to the other side?"

Yes, she said through an interpreter, speaking Spanish in almost a whisper.

And how did your head feel at this point?

"It's like you feel when you are very, very scared, big scared, like you are not there."

How did your eyes feel?

"Watery. I was crying. I felt like my eyes were going to pop out."

How did your throat feel?

"Like when you can't breathe, like someone is choking you."

How did your skin feel?

"I don't think I felt my skin. I couldn't feel my hands."

She was one of 55 passengers "” 43 men and 12 women "” rounded up by immigration agents in the hours, and in some cases days, after Williams abandoned the trailer at a truck stop near the town of Victoria, 200 miles north of Harlingen."........

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Ironically, while Tyrone Williams, a 32-year-old Jamaican immigrant, and not a U.S. citizen, serves time in prison, may face the death penalty, and Fatima Holloway, who more than likely, is a U.S. citizen by birthright, who may also serve prison time, it would be interesting to see, whether or not, Abelardo Flores, who more than likely is himself an illegal Hispanic immigrant, serves time behind bars, and subsequently deported, for his connection to smuggling in Hispanic illegal immigrants.

A new batch of Hispanic illegal immigrants will be granted work permits and may receive legitimate status to be in the U.S.

Here again, Black people, especially those who are U.S. citizens, can only blame themselves for contributing to their own demise, and/or may make it possible for additional Hispanic illegal immigrants to displace Black people who are in fact U.S. citizens by birthright.

Last but not least, when the plan fell apart, in the end, the fall persons, or idiots, used to take the weight for illegal immigrant smuggling are either a U.S. citizen, and/or a legal immigrant, in a Fatima Holloway, and a Tyrone Williams, respectively and not the primary smugglers, in a Abelardo Flores, and/or his criminal Hispanic illegal immigrant smuggling associates. Legal immigrants, and U.S. citizens having everything to lose. Illegal immigrants, and Hispanic illegal immigrant criminal smugglers having everything to gain.

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