Mexican National Serves Jail Time for Selling Illegally Obtained U.S. Non-Immigrant Work Visas

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A Mexican national living in Texarkana, Arkansas, has been arrested by federal officials for selling illegal U.S. non-immigrant work visas. Jesus Martinez-Rubio, age 44, was arrested in June 2020 and charged in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for conspiracy to encourage and induce illegal entry for financial gain.

Martinez-Rubio sold visas to foreigners who wanted to enter the U.S. He himself had entered the U.S. on an H-2B work visa 37 times, starting in 1977. His last such entry was across the border crossing at Laredo, Texas. Buying an H-2B visa is far less expensive than being smuggled into the U.S., Martinez-Rubio said.

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Martinez-Rubio was targeted by the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforc