Immigration Activist Featured by Time Magazine Busted on Kiddie Porn Charges

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 at 8:48 am
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He was probably salivating at the thought of some fresh illegal meat coming in from Mexico. Now his dream is on hold.

An activist for immigration reform was arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday.

Roy Naim, 29, pleaded not guilty to a count of receiving child pornography, and was denied bail by Judge Joan M. Azrack.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Saritha Komatireddy argued Naim was a risk to the community as his alleged crimes involved children, and he sometimes worked with a youth advocacy group and volunteered at a camp for children. She added he was a flight risk as he has no real job and isn’t a citizen of the country.

Naim’s attorney, Richard A Finkel, countered that his client was a respected member of his community, and told the court how Naim, who was mentioned in a 2012 Time magazine article on immigration reform, volunteered for many charities and had become a relatively well-known activist on immigration.

A well-known activist featured on a Time cover but not here legally? Wait, we thought all these people were living in the shadows?

Naim moved with his family from Israel when he was 3 years old, but has not attained U.S. citizenship.

Naim was mentioned in a cover story for Time magazine in June 2012 by journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, who publicly revealed his own status as an undocumented immigrant and gaining support among so-called DREAMers — advocates for a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.

In a story on his life that he wrote for the website Empathizethis.com, Naim said, “I read this article about Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented person. I remember reading that article, and it gave me a lot of hope. I started connecting with Jose, and I ended up (in) Time magazine with him.”

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2 Responses to “Immigration Activist Featured by Time Magazine Busted on Kiddie Porn Charges”

  1. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 21/21/13 at 2:24 am

    Looks like the amnesty plan dreamed up by the “Gang of Seven” is on its deathbed.

    If true, good riddance.