Since 1997, the Juárez mayor-elect and his wife have received tax relief on a
home in El Paso because they declared it their primary residence. But they said
Tuesday they have always lived in Juárez.
Even though Héctor Murguía is a wealthy business owner in Mexico, he too can't stand living in Mexico. He prefers to be in America, but like many Mexicans, cannot be bothered with the paperwork. He just decided to live here and also decided he would cheat on his taxes, claiming residence in Texas and Mexico at the same time. The question is, since he was either living illegally in the U.S. or committed tax fraud if his residency claim was not true, is Customs and Border Protection going to cancel his Border Crossing Card (BCC)? He comitted a serious felony by claiming the homestead tax exemption or he was living here illegally and fraudulently used his BCC.
(7) Documentation requirements.-
general.-Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Act, any immigrant at
the time of application for admission-
(I) who is not in possession of a
valid unexpired immigrant visa
(2) Criminal and related grounds.-
(A) Conviction of certain crimes.-
(i) In general.-Except as provided in clause (ii), any alien convicted
of, or who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which
constitute the essential elements of-
(I) a crime involving moral
turpitude (other than a purely political offense or an attempt or conspiracy to
commit such a crime), or
The import of this story though is two part though. Not so much the tax cheat Murguia, but the failure of the legacy INS and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enforce the law and the slow colonization of southern Texas by Mexico. The two though are related, as the failure of the federal government to enforce immigration laws, either by tolerating illegals who produce anchor babies like Patricia Murguia, or fail to identify and arrest illegals like Hector Murguia who flout the laws of the United States to such an extent that they buy property here and obtain mortgages as well, living in the U.S. with a non-immigrant visa.
Hector Murguia is just one of millions of Mexicans who use their Border Crossing Cards, also now called Laser Visas, to live in the U.S. when the visa is supposed to only be used for short trips for business or pleasure. A rich man like Murguia is not much of a burden on the taxpayer, but most Mexicans use it for free healthcare, food stamps, education, and to work in the U.S. But his example only encourages others and blurs the border. Now the border is only an inconvenience for most Mexicans, not a serious obstacle.