According to a news release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an employer of an illegal alien convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Houston, Texas Police Officer has pleaded guilty to harboring that illegal alien.

Robert Lane Camp, 47, the owner of Camp Landscaping in Deer Park, Texas, pleaded guilty to encouraging Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez, an illegal alien, to unlawfully enter the United States and with harboring an illegal alien. Quintero-Perez was convicted by the State of Texas of the capital murder of Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson in September of 2006 and is currently serving a life sentence. Camp faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the ICE news release, Camp helped Quintero-Perez remain in the United States as despite the fact that the illegal alien was charged in 1998 of indecency with a child. After Quintero-Perez was was deported, he illegally reentered the United States in 1999 and Camp provided him with a job and residence.

The ICE news release reports this tragedy illustrates that hiring illegal aliens is not a victimless crime, since those in the U.S. illegally are desperate to avoid law enforcement and take desperate actions which can turn tragic.

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