CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1997 |
Scores of deaf Mexican nationals allegedly recruited to sell trinkets in New York City were probably smuggled into the United States via San Diego and then taken to Los Angeles before being transported east, according to federal authorities and court papers. In interviews with investigators, victims have described being recruited in Mexico, spirited across the border into Southern California and later taken on airplanes or buses to New York.
July 24, 1997 |
The Mexican family charged with smuggling 57 deaf countrymen into the United States to serve as trinket sellers apparently duped their nation's consular officials in New York into assuring family members that their loved ones were leading healthy, profitable lives and did not want to come home, according to relatives here and Mexican officials in New York.
July 21, 1997 |
Authorities arrested seven people Sunday, charging them with holding captive scores of Mexican immigrants, most of them deaf-mutes, and forcing them to sell key chains with tiny bats and baseballs in a scheme that Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani likened to slavery. Giuliani said investigators in the United States and Mexico were trying to determine whether any of the people were recruited through a school for the deaf in Mexico. He said some, using sign language, told of being kidnapped.
March 12, 1989 |
The four young men carried no baggage. Short, with brown faces, they moved together through Delta Air Lines' glistening new terminal at Los Angeles International to Gate 52. There, as if by secret signal, each moved to a different corner of the lounge and sat down. They looked straight ahead and did not say a word. The men had arrived an hour early for Flight 450, a red-eye to Newark with a stop in Cincinnati. For a week U.S.
February 19, 1999 |
Jerry Dominguez is a New Yorker now, a labor organizer with real chutzpah in his "magnificent" city. Yet not long ago he was Gerardo Dominguez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, too timid to ride the rumbling subways alone. Sergio Flores came about a year ago from Mexico, speaking no English and bearing no visa. He works 70 hours a week for $250--$3.57 an hour--at a grocery in a Brooklyn neighborhood overlooking the Statue of Liberty.
May 16, 1998 |
A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced four Mexicans on Friday to prison terms ranging from 1 1/2 to three years for their involvement in a ring that brought deaf Mexicans into the country illegally and used them as slave labor.