When an illegal alien from Oklahoma decided that he wanted to play cat and mouse with the law, he didn’t realize his game would end so abruptly. We all know that the U.S. always wins, but it was the sneaky plan that one officer crafted to help out U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials that completely blindsided the law-breaker, delivering much-deserved justice. Now, the illegal has learned a harsh lesson that the United States of America is never to be messed with.
Luis Plaza Moreno, who was residing illegally in Norman, Oklahoma, learned a valuable lesson that you never mess with the United States of America. The illegal alien, originally from Mexico, thought that he could outsmart U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but he was sadly mistaken when one immigration officer pulled a sneaky move that would send the illegal straight back to his homeland.
Moreno arrived in the U.S. illegally in 2002, but it wasn’t until many years later that he actually got busted for his crime. The father of six was first caught back in 2011 when he was pulled over for driving without a license. Luckily for him, he got to keep his freedom with one stipulation; namely, he was ordered to check in with ICE officials on a regular basis. Apparently, that was too much to ask because Moreno stopped checking in back in 2014.
According to Moreno, ICE officials eventually told him that he no longer needed to keep checking in. “You’re not a priority. We’re not looking for you. Quit showing up. I don’t want to hear about you anymore,” he claims an ICE agent told him. However, that was not the case, and last week, an immigration officer enacted brilliant plan to bait Moreno.
According to Daily News, an immigration officer told Moreno that his work permit and his stay would both be granted if he came to the immigration office in person. However, when he arrived, he was arrested. Of course, the arrest didn’t sit well with Moreno’s family, and they have already reached out to Senator James Lankford for help.
“He doesn’t deserve this. Why him?” his oldest daughter Ivon asked, according to KFOR. “He did everything he could. I feel like he was tricked.” It seems his family is a little confused on how our immigration system works. If you break the law, there are repercussions, and you can’t go crying to your favorite senator for help after the fact.
An ICE spokesperson confirmed Moreno had been taken into custody for failing to report to ICE after his original stay had expired, KFOR reported, even though his family claims otherwise. ICE has issued the following statement regarding the situation: “… as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
The United State’s immigration laws are black and white; there is no in between. You can either enter our country legally or risk the consequences when you get caught doing it illegally. If Moreno is a man of good character, as his family so desperately claims, then he should have gone through the immigration process the legal way like thousands of others do, and he wouldn’t have been in this situation. A father of six should not be putting his family in this kind of predicament, which in itself shows his true character.
If you trick your way into our country, not many people are going to feel bad for you when authorities trick you into getting the justice you deserve. Don’t break the law, and you have nothing to worry about. It’s really that simple.