Detroit Assistant Ombudsman Basima “Linda” Sesi and two others have been arrested on charges of operating a human smuggling ring. The Detroit News says the three are accused of illegally bringing more than 200 people from Iraq, Jordan, and other Middle Eastern countries to the United States. Sesi is a 22-year city employee known for assisting recent immigrants.
The indictment accuses the trio and two unnamed co-conspirators of making illegal immigrants pay up to several thousand dollars to be brought to the United States by way of South America. The indictment said Sesi “used the prestige and resources of her office in the furtherance of the conspiracy.” “We have broken a human smuggling organization that exploited vulnerabilities in our border,” said Michael J. Garcia, an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.