Eliud Montoya Murder Underscores That Illegal Migration Is Not A “Victimless Crime”

The apologists for illegal aliens all too often depict any criticism of mass illegal migration as a thinly veiled xenophobic assault on all immigrants. Unfortunately for these shrill activists, real life furnishes plenty of examples showing that mass illegal migration frequently has a negative impact not only on legal immigrants but even on illegal aliens themselves. A case in point is the murder of Eliud Montoya in Georgia four years ago – a murder that has sadly been largely forgotten (although the Washington Post published one article on it) and that few have learned from because it did not fit the narrative of the mainstream media and self-described “pro-immigrant” activists.

Eliud Montoya – a resident of Garden City, Georgia – was a legal immigrant from Mexico and became a naturalized American citizen in 2009. According to Univision, he worked for a tree cutting service seven days a week to support his family. However, on August 19, 2017, he was gunned down near his home in retaliation for filing a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that the Rangel-Rubio brothers, Juan and Pablo – both illegal aliens – were running a scheme to hire other illegal aliens at the Wolf Tree service while simultaneously skimming pay from the unauthorized workers.

The brothers allegedly made $3.5 million over 10 years by fraudulently hiring illegal aliens – to whom they sold false identities – and stealing from them. Several months before his August 17, 2017 complaint to the EEOC, Montoya reported the illegal scheme to the company, but, according to WSAV, “that complaint in writing ended up in [Pablo Rangel] Rubio’s hands, where he read it out loud, with Montoya in the room, to his crew of workers, many of whom were the illegal workers Montoya complained about.”

After Montoya escalated his complaint to the federal government, Pablo Rangel-Rubio hired another illegal alien, Higinio Perez-Bravo, to assist his brother in killing Montoya, an act which – according to the victim’s mother, Avelina Alvares – “leaves my family with nothing.”

The three illegal alien criminals were ultimately charged in December 2018 with a plethora of felonies, including conspiracy to commit murder for hire, conspiracy to kill a witness, concealing, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens, and money laundering. However, in February 2020, federal prosecutors notified the defense lawyers that they will not seek the death penalty for the three men. 

The execution-style retaliatory killing of Eliud Montoya – a man who immigrated the right way and wanted to see the rule of law enforced – demonstrates that illegal migration is often far from a “victimless crime.”  Although the Rangel-Rubios are far from typical, ruthless criminals taking advantage of lax immigration laws are unfortunately not unique.