Dana Point Harbor Boat Captain Admits to Smuggling Aliens From Mexico

Alien smuggling boat Dana Point.jpg
Same model of the boat Bokkes used for his mission
A 28-year-old Orange County citizen has pleaded guilty for attempting to smuggle six foreign nationals into the U.S. on a boat to Dana Point earlier this year.

Brian Bokkes admits that he was the "captain" of a 1987 Four Winns Pleasure Craft boat that brought the fee-paying, undocumented aliens from Mexico to Dana Point Harbor on Feb. 4, according to court records.

At the harbor, Immigration officials made a surprise inspection, boarded Bokkes' boat, found the cabin door locked, got the key from Bokkes and captured the group.

According to U.S. Department of Justice files, Bokkes--who is free on bail--faces a maximum federal prison sentence of 20 years and a $500,000 fine. But given his speedy admission of guilt to violating immigration laws he'll likely receive a substantially less severe punishment.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney accepted Bokkes' guilty plea this week and set a sentencing hearing for July 23 inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

Wonder if OC's rabid anti-illegal immigrant community--folks like Barbara Coe--will call for additional treason charges.

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Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Illegals need to get legal!.....Or leave........

Jim Gilchrist
Jim Gilchrist

Appears to have been a good day for law enforcement.  Six illegal aliens were apprehended and are now in detention under the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and one U.S. national smuggling bandit is going to prison.

So, what's everyone whining about?

My only complaint in this matter is that the feds didn't also round up the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) and put them away as well.  Not because the CCIR loons are "illegal" but because they are such incurable fascists and bigots posing as a patriotic form of life. 

To think The Minuteman Project was once allied with that ecclectic group of witch-hunting social maladroits, albeit for only a year....what was I thinking !?

Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project

Streets
Streets

Don;t know what is motivation was........it could have been for money, or maybe he knows this group of people and only wanted to help improve their life. There are still some people in this world with hearts.  Never the less, sounds like,  if the allegations are true, he committed a crime....

Untouchable
Untouchable

punishment should be sending this dolt to live in shit and piss infested makeshift homes in tijuana for a year

Paul
Paul

surprise inspection my ass. Someone ratted this guy out.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

If I was born into the poverty, filth, and crime of Mexico and knew of the better life and opportunities waiting for me in America, I would get here any way I could. In my humble opinion, those folks captured are not criminals.  Any for every smuggler "caught" there are 150 others that don't get caught because they have the dough to get the right people to look the other way.  Come on, really.  And why was an immigration case before an Article III District Court Judge anyway?  They are all automatically referred to U.S. Magistrate Judges.  Appointed by George W. Bush in 2003, Carney may be trying to make a statement on behalf of Romney in the state of California.   Appears Judge Carney is in the news a lot lately:  http://9thcircuitprosereport.b...

mitch young
mitch young

I hope he gets that 'machete' fellow as a cell-mate.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

They call him smuggler, I call him humanitarian.

mitch young
mitch young

Mr. Gilchrist,

I'd think you'd be more angry at the La Raza folks who actually assaulted you and stopped you from speaking at Columbia than at Barbara Coe.Why don't you ally with Californians for Population for Stabilization, NumbersUSA, or any of several other groups working on the immigration issue (legal and illegal) and let go of whatever bad experience you had with Coe.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

I appreciate your comments and agree.  Like I said above, "If I was born into the poverty, filth, and crime of Mexico and knew of the better life and opportunities waiting for me in America, I would get here any way I could. In my humble opinion, those folks captured are not criminals and for every smuggler "caught" there are 150 others that don't get caught because they have the dough to get the right people to look the other way."   Perhaps therein lies another level of crime this guy didn't have access to because he was NOT performing a criminal act (doing it for profit) rather, as you said, performing a kind, humanitarian act.  Very rarely do we get access to all of the facts and sadly, most of the time, the courts really don't care about the underlying facts anyway.    Case in point: In Memije v. Gonzales, Case No. 06-71282 (2007), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to deport a whole family even though the kids were U.S. citizens and actively involved in their high school.  One of the kids, Ruby Arcos, daughter of undocumented immigrants, wrote to the Ninth Circuit begging them to let her finish high school and to stop the deportation of her parents. She implored the court to consider her future and that of her four U.S. citizen siblings.  However, the Ninth Circuit's affirmed the decision to deport them and Ruby's parents, who had lived in the United States for eleven years, were deported to their native country by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For what?  Why? 

I was so moved and impressed by Judge Pregerson's dissent from the court's opinion that he "prayed that as soon as possible 'the good men and women in our Congress will ameliorate the plight of families like the [petitioners] and give us humane laws that will not cause the disintegration of such families.'"Thanks, Streets, for your position, hopefully it will open minds and soften hearts. 

Monktorch
Monktorch

Possibly.  Or ICE / Border Patrol / Coast Guard became rightfully suspicious of a boat such as Mr. Bokkes' entering and returning from Mexican waters with 1 person on-board (not a commercial fisher, nor your typical sport-fishing vessel).

mitch young
mitch young

" poverty, filth, and crime"

Erin, Mexico just isn't that bad. Further, the people that do come here tend not to be the poorest of the poor Mexicans.

Monktorch
Monktorch

Ms. Baldwin,

This was not an "immigration" case.  It was a criminal case, rightfully before the District Court Judge.

mitch young
mitch young

Mexico is a middle income country on a world context, and one of the fattest as well. There is no 'humanitarian' need to immigrate from Mexico. Mostly it is just for more money, just like this smuggler asshole.

Jim Gilchrist
Jim Gilchrist

Mitch,

The only group that has physically assaulted me is a trio of haters from the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR). [Case # 10-13181, Costa Mesa P.D., Oct 14, 2010].  Apparently, they were upset because I refused to "goose-step" according to their whim.

While the anti-free speech La Raza thugs at Columbia University attempted to inflict some bodily injury, they failed to do so.  They were blocked by about a half dozen civilized students from the audience. 

In my opinion, CCIR bears too many similarities to the KKK, Black Panthers, Brown Berets, or Nazis, and it presents as much of a threat to domestic tranquility as does La Raza's supremacy agenda.

I am awed and disgusted at how many persons or groups want our nation to be a nation of laws... as long as our laws apply only to illegal aliens, and not to them.  I don't think our Founding Fathers had in mind preferential treatment for anyone under the rule of law when they officially conceived that principle.

Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project 

mitch young
mitch young

How about the American construction worker who has lost his union pension and medical benefits, because developers used Mexican illegal labor to break the carpenter's union in the early 1990s? Is your heart 'soft' for him, Erin?

How about the American kids whose education was shortchanged because we had to spend money 'educating' kids who shouldn't have been born here, and who likely required extra money to 'educate' because they weren't native English speakers? Have any sympathy for those kids, Erin?

Nothing will cause the 'disintegration' of that family unless it wants to disintegrate. The children are Mexican citizens. They need to go to Mexico.

Boetica
Boetica

Do you suppose Ruby and her siblings, Mexican citizens as well as their parents with some consulate paperwork, could contribute mightily to their country Mexico?  Ruby's parents set a bad example for their children: If you want something you can break any law that gets in your way to attain it.  Lawlessness, plain and simple.  Why would we want people like that in our country?

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

My experiences were as represented, however, I'm always open to new information.  Perhaps you have more diverse experience than me; I'd be interested in learning more.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

Well, yes, but U.S. Magistrate Judges handle all sorts of criminal cases - particularly immigration cases.  The underlying issue is immigration, no matter how you slice it.  The U.S. Courts just released today their 2011 Annual Report.  You'll find statistics reported there.  http://www.uscourts.gov/uscour...

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Every man has his price Mitch!  I m willing to bet that for the right amount of money I can get you to let me use your wife, or mother as hand poppet.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

At this point I believe your ego is bruised and you are twisting my words to discredit me and my factual arguments.  This is evidenced by your preposterous opening statement:  "So Erin it sounds like you have a low opinion of the character of Mexican citizens, assuming that they are always willing to take a job from someone else by working illegally."  If I had a low opinion of Mexican citizens, I would not have agreed with Judge Pregerson's dissent.   Please stay on point, read the court order, it will help you understand the salient points.

Again from above:  You forgot the most important flaw in your argument: you stated the children were Mexican citizens, they are not. These children were born in the United States, that is why Judge Pregerson dissented in the Opinion. Please read the court order and it will answer the remainder of your questions.  Have you read it at all?  You are basing your arguments on a flawed legal foundation, the fact that the children are U.S. citizens.  Emotional embellishments and personal attacks on me serve only to diminish the strength of your arguments. 

Boetica
Boetica

 So Erin it sounds like you have a low opinion of the character of Mexican citizens, assuming that they are always willing to take a job from someone else by working illegally.  They care only for themselves and their own families, not the damage they are doing to American families.  This is exactly why they should not be given citizenship and should be deported back to their countries of origin.  I wonder how many Hezbollah members are here in the US illegally?

You care more for lawless foreign nationals than you do for struggling American families.  Maybe you should go to Mexico with them and try to help the Mexican people have better lives in their own country.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

Again, it was my understanding that the Court Order stated that the children were U.S. citizens.  Am I wrong, here?

The developers that used illegal aliens to save their bottom line are at fault here, not the illegal aliens.  They should be sanctioned, but were they?   If you were given the opportunity to make more money than you ever dreamed of and all you had to do was take someone's job, would you do it?  The path up the "ladder of success" is paved with dead bodies that couldn't in all good conscience do what was necessary to save their job.  I can't answer this question for you but I suppose it depends on your life situation at any given time.

Let me make something clear here.  I am not "soft" on illegal aliens whatsoever.  I believe that all persons living in this country should be here legally.  And I despise developers that lay off skilled union workers, replace them with illegal alliens, and produce substandard housing as a result.  That is despicable on many levels.

But are you telling me that you believe that the people paid to enforce our borders and deport illegal aliens are also innocent here?  More dirty money flows through these government agencies from U.S. companies than anywhere else.  People paid to look the other way for a fist full of cash is alive and well.  I believe in unions.  I also believe that union officials can be bought just like any other person that runs their life with no conscience.    

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

You forgot the most important flaw in your argument: you stated the children were Mexican citizens, they are not. These children were born in the United States, that is why Judge Pregerson dissented in the Opinion. Please read the court order and it will answer the remainder of your questions.  Have you read it at all?  You are basing your arguments on a flawed legal foundation, the fact that the children are U.S. citizens.  Emotional embellishments and personal attacks on me serve only to diminish the strength of your arguments. 

Boetica
Boetica

 First of all, driving over the speed limit doesn't require identity fraud, nor does it lead to welfare fraud or tax fraud, all crimes which are common among illegal aliens.  How do I know?  I work in public services.  Secondly, do you or will you teach your children that any law that gets in the way of them having the life that they want should be broken?  There is a proper channel for immigration, and these adults refused to take it, and now the whole family is reaping the consequences.  Having a "path to citizenship" for the law-abiding, and another for those with contempt for the law is nothing short of ridiculous.  We should not give citizenship to ANYONE who is not willing to follow the law. 

I have studied the 14th Amendment, and it was never intended to give citizenship to foreign nationals born on US soil.  If the children of foreign diplomats born in the US are NOT United States citizens, then why would children born to foreign nationals who have flouted the immigration laws, or for that matter those born to any foreign national be US citizens?  It simply is illogical for children to be of different nationality than their parents Erin.  Their Mexican citizenship can be easily established at any consulate.  The 14th Amendment citizenship clause primarily gave citizenship to slaves and their descendents.

Human trafficking is organized crime.  There is a whole industry that supports it.  Illegal immigration hurts blacks more than any other racial/ethnic group.  It specifically hurts Americans and legal residents with low skill and education levels.  It depresses wages in lower skilled jobs.  ONE LAW FOR EVERYONE!

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

First of all, the Court Order states that Ruby and her siblings are United States citizens.  I'm not sure where you got the idea that they were Mexican citizens. 

The point is that these children are in high school, and have lived their entire lives in the United States.  Do you remember high school?  I do.  It's a very important time of social development.  The Court Order says nothing about the accomplishments of the children.  Why should everything be ripped away from them?  Setting aside the extraordinary sentiments of Judge Pregerson's dissent for a moment, it just doesn't seem logicial or necessary. 

When you say "people like that" on what facts do you base you inquiry?  Have you met Ruby's parents or any of the children?  Do you have any personal knowledge of their character, integrity or ability to raise their children?  Do you have any evidence to support your conclusory facts that "Ruby's parents set a bad example for their children"?  They simply wanted something better for them than what Mexico could offer. 

Do you ever exceed the speed limit in your drive to and from work?  That in and of itself is "lawlessness."  Are you a bad example to your children?  Most likely not.  But some might judge you as such.  I think we have to look at more than the laws to make decisions that effect children.  The well-being of the child, in my opinion, is tantamount.  We don't always have all the facts and I'm sure you will agree that the courts don't always consider all the facts in making their decisions. 

mitch young
mitch young

So, are you saying Mexico *is* a shithole? 

Streets
Streets

As Moe from the three stooges would say.........."Mitch is an intelligent imbecile".

Boetica
Boetica

The State of California does this:  "assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or (b) encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or (c) knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions."

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

Sorry, I don't understand your question.  Does what all of the time?

Boetica
Boetica

The State of California does this all of the time.  Can the citizens of the state demand the Federal government bring a RICO case against the CA government?

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

You didn't make an immigration argument?  I must be hallucinating.  You stated:  "Ms. Baldwin, This was not an immigration case.  It was a criminal case, rightfully before the District Court Judge."  Then you said, "Mr. Bokkes case was not one of immigration -- the 6 people on-board, however, are a different story."  To put this to rest I simply encourage you to look at 2011 U.S. Courts Annual Report insofar as the "venue issues."  I never argued that the venue, i.e., the District Court, was an improper venue, I simply was surprised that the case was before a U.S. District Court Judge vs. a U.S. Magistrate Judge, which according to the 2011 U.S. Courts Annual Report is many times more likely to occur than vice versa.I love intellectual debates and you are a worthy opponent.  Thanks for bringing to the forefront the importance of the First Amendment in this country.  I think it was Voltaire that said, "I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Monktorch
Monktorch

I never made an immigration argument.  You misconstrued my comment.

All my comments were directly related to the venue.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

I was responding to your immigration argument not the venue of the court.

Monktorch
Monktorch

The case you cite was in DISTRICT COURT, where it belonged.  Exactly as Mr. Bokkes case belonged in, and was in, DISTRICT COURT.

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

In fact, just three days ago, on March 19, 2012, the Ninth Circuit in USA v. Rafael Gomez-Hawkins (Gomez), Case No. 11-50085 heard and afffirmed a jury conviction and sentence for two counts of transporting illegal aliens in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii), the citation I quoted above.  I'm only stating the facts which is what I based my claims in District Court.  There is no personal agenda; I simply want to reinstate my First Amendment rights taken away by an unconstitutional permanent injunction.  That's not a lot to ask, I don't think. 

Erin Baldwin
Erin Baldwin

We can agree to disagree on this one but I encourage you to read the 2011 Report and find the relevant facts for which I pulled my information.  If Mr. Bokkes transported illegal aliens on his boat, a part of the prima facie case requires the element of immigration-related issues.  You can find the law under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 that states: "A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he: (a)assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or (b) encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or (c) knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.

Monktorch
Monktorch

Mr. Bokkes case was not one of "immigration" -- the 6 people on-board, however, are a different story. 

Don't let your own issues w/ Judge Carney cloud your judgment on a clear-cut matter.

Rocket J
Rocket J

In my experience dishonest people tend to project their behavior on others to justify their own behavior. There are honest people in this world who would not break a law for personal gain, obviously you are not one of them.

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