Harboring Illegal Aliens

New York Federal Harboring Illegal Aliens Defense Law

Many a New Yorker has been unknowingly caught up in situations that led to charges of harboring illegal aliens. It is not at all uncommon for innocent people to unwittingly harbor illegal aliens. A friend asks for a favor . . . “Can my friend sleep on your couch for a while?” Or an Internet lover does not realize that her (or his) live-in love interest is actually an undocumented alien.

Other instances of harboring illegal aliens are deliberate, as in the case of sweatshop owners who also pay landlords to house unauthorized workers who staff their manufacturing operations.

In either case — knowing or unknowing — an investigation or an arrest is a signal that knowledgeable legal representation is needed as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with a New York criminal defense attorney with experience handling charges of harboring illegal aliens, contact a New York harboring illegal immigrants lawyer from Sacco Tyner.

The most important piece of legal advice you can receive regarding charges of harboring illegal aliens is not to talk to law enforcement officers on your own. You need a lawyer to analyze the facts and implement an intelligent defense strategy based on your individual circumstances. Trying to explain your way out of trouble is almost guaranteed to bring about more trouble.

Relevant federal statutes include the following:

Harboring: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) states that it is an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law — conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

Encouraging/Inducing: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.

Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.

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