by Daniel Greenfield, DC Clothesline:
Another scandal for the “scandal-free” Obama administration.
Not all ICE targets work construction or smuggle drugs. Some are key figures in the Dem machine. But the era of Obama corruption is over. There’s a new sheriff in town.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this week arrested two millionaire fugitives from Ecuador whose family donated heavily to American political campaigns.
Roberto and William Isaías, 74 and 75, were detained Wednesday in Miami and taken to a detention facility for undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation, The New York Times reported Friday.
ICE told the Times that the brothers were “unlawfully present” in the U.S.
The Isaías brothers were convicted in 2012 of embezzlement by an Ecuadorean court and sentenced to prison terms in absentia, since they had been living in South Florida for nearly a decade. The brothers have denied any wrongdoing, claiming the Ecuadorean government politicized the case and wrongfully seized their assets, the Times reported.
The Ecuadorean government alleges that the brothers cost the country $400 million and has sought their extradition for years.
As Ecuador sought the duo’s extradition, the Isaías family reportedly donated tens of thousands of dollars to members of the U.S. Congress and $90,000 to former President Obama’s reelection campaign.
The Department of Justice rejected Ecuador’s extradition request a year after the brothers’ donation to Obama’s reelection campaign, saying the request lacked sufficient proof. The Obama administration has denied accusations by the Ecuadorean government that its decision to deny the request was impacted by the donation.
Now we have proof that it was. The brothers were apparently a reliable Dem money machine.
In 2012, Isaias relatives also gave $100,000 to the Democratic Party around the time another relative, Estefania Isaias, was accused of visa fraud by the State Department. She denies the allegations that she improperly smuggled maids into the U.S. from Ecuador to work at the Isaias’ Miami homes. Menendez wrote letters and made phone calls to try to help Estefania Isaias obtain permission to stay in the U.S. after the fraud allegations had surfaced. She was never charged and was permitted to stay in the country.
The brothers were also an issue for Senator Menendez of New Jersey. Not to mention CNN.