The Nation : Alien Smuggler Sentenced
The former director of a shelter for Central Americans was sentenced to two years in prison after she told a federal judge in Brownsville, Tex., that she would continue to violate immigration laws. “Some things are worth going to jail for,” Lorry Thomas, 41, told reporters. Thomas was convicted of trying to smuggle a Nicaraguan alien past the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas. Thomas, who rejected a plea-bargain offer, told U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa that her religious convictions would prompt her to continue helping Central Americans fleeing their war-torn region.