US Department of Justice said today Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, 31, pleaded guilty for bringing six Yemenis into the United States and a related charge for his role in a scheme to smuggle Yemeni aliens through Mexico to the United States.
According to the plea agreement, during the second half of 2017, Aldairi conspired with others to smuggle at least six Yemeni nationals across the Texas border and into the United States in exchange for a fee.
“Aldairi admitted his role in transporting the aliens from Monterrey, Mexico to Piedras Negras where he directed them to cross the Rio Grande River into the United States. Aldairi provided construction hard hats and reflective vests to some of the aliens in an effort to enable them to blend in after crossing. Aldairi will be sentenced by the Honorable Alia Moses at a later date.” Office of Public Affairs said.
US Department of Justice said the case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney James Hepburn of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Watters of the Western District of Texas.
Due to the scourge of war in Yemen, which broke out when Houthis usurped power in 2015, many young Yemenis resorted to illegal immigration, considered fraught with dangers, in search of a better life.