On January 19, 2017, the New York State Attorney General Eric T.Schneiderman called upon New York municipalities to turn ALL New York municipalities into the so-called "sanctuary cities", towns refusing to report illegal immigrants/aliens to the federal government.
When President Trump threatened to withhold federal money and other sanctions to such "sanctuary cities", Eric Schneiderman issued a further "clarification", encouraging people into creation of "sanctuary cities" even more, and assuring people that the President and the federal government cannot do anything to them, if they do create sanctuary cities.
But, what Eric T. Schneiderman irresponsibly omitted to mention - and misrepresented by stating that the federal government can do nothing against people and municipalities giving sanctuaries to illegal aliens - is that those who
1) fail to report that somebody brings into the country or harbors/conceals illegal aliens; and
2) those who bring into the country and harbor/conceal illegal aliens,
are subject to criminal prosecution by the federal government.
18 U.S.C. 4, "Misprision of felony", provides for 3 years and/or a fine for non-reporting commission of a federal felony to federal authorities. Here is the statute:
18 U.S.C. 1324, "Bringing and harboring certain aliens", is a felony, so non-reporting that felony is a felony punishable by 18 U.S.C. 4 - with 3 years in federal prison and/or a fine.
Violation of 18 U.S.C. 1324 itself has a much more severe punishment, up to DEATH penalty depending on the circumstances, plus, where applicable, forfeiture of property used in commission of the crime of harboring illegal aliens. That is what Eric T. Schneiderman also did not tell people he urged to created #"sanctuary cities".
So, it is a felony to bring into the United States not through an immigration checkpoints even immigrants with lawful visas or green cards.
So, if anybody brings an immigrant not through a designated port of entry, thus avoiding federal government's control of the entry, even if the immigrant has a valid visa or green card, that is a felony punishable by 10 years in federal prison.
Anybody who, knowing that a person came into the country illegally, provides means of transportation to escape discovery and who moves such illegal aliens around the country (as I see a lot of people call upon other people to do on Facebook in connection with the immigration raids that have been reported lately), that is also a felony punishable by 5 years in federal prison, a fine and, likely, a forfeiture of the vehicle, aircraft or other property used to commit the crime.
If, during such escape, anybody is seriously hurt, then the punishment will be incarceration for 20 years.
If, during commission of a crime of harboring an alien who got into the country illegally, anybody dies, the punishment for the crime is death penalty or life in prison.
These little details are omitted when the instigators of protests against enforcement of not only immigration law, but of federal criminal law, are drawing into the "protests" and, possibly, into activities described in this statute as felonies, clueless people who, with the best of intentions, are securing prison time for themselves, or worse.
If hiring 10 illegal aliens within 1 year is part of "an ongoing commercial organization or enterprise", if aliens "were transported in groups of 10 or more", if aliens were transported in a manner endangering their lives (human trafficking), or if aliens presented danger to people within the United States - the prison terms can be increased to 10 years.
Next are sections about possible forfeiture of property, including cars, boats or planes used to harbor or transport illegal aliens, and "prima facie evidence" of illegality - allowing records of immigration authorities to be used as a presumptive evidence that an individual is, indeed, an illegal alien.
And so do people in other parts of the U.S. who fell for similar appeals to create "sanctuary cities" by irresponsible instigators.
And, by the way, let's remember that non-reporting any of the crimes described in the "long statute", 18 USC 1324, is punishable with a felony record, a fine, and/or incarceration for up to 3 years under the short federal statute, 18 USC 4.
I did not see anybody in the streets protesting existence of those statutes.
I guess, nobody told the protestors that these statutes are on the books and are waiting to be used on the clueless do-gooders lured by immoral and irresponsible instigators whose connections, most likely, will save their asses, but will expose those they lured.
And the last question - will Eric Schneiderman (who is also an attorney representing attorney disciplinary committees who prosecute cases of attorney discipline, and judges who decide attorney disciplinary cases in New York) be federally prosecuted for solicitation of federal felonies, and then disbarred?