A Texas City councilman was arrested earlier this month on charges that he smuggled illegal aliens into the country.
Marco Rodriguez, City councilman for Crystal City, was arrested on January 2, 2016 for smuggling at least three illegal aliens into the united States.
The arrest happened Saturday at a post office in Big Wells. The feds say that Rodriguez was pulled over by a Border Patrol agent. They chatted briefly before Rodriguez allegedly tried to run away. Eventually, Border Patrol caught up to him and the three undocumented immigrants he was with.
In the criminal complaint, Rodriguez admitted to being hired to transport the immigrants. The 36-year-old also told a federal agent that he had transported immigrants on two other occasions, driving them to San Antonio.
Rodriguez says he was paid $500 and $1400 on those trips. KENS 5 went to Rodriguez’s parents’ home, but no one answered the door. The city manager and mayor also declined to talk.
Rodriguez is not the only public servant in the city to get into trouble. Just two weeks prior to his arrest, City manager James Jonas was arrested and accused of assaulting a female who was attempting to enter a city council meeting.
The public service positions in the city are unpaid, according to KENS5, and residents say that if any city official is arrested, they should lose their job.
While I agree with the sentiment, under the law, one is not guilty simply because one is arrested. However, in Rodriguez’s case, he has confessed to what he did and, therefore, should be removed from office.