Son of former Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.)
Former Rep. Allen Boyd was a strong proponent of border security, voting in favor of building a wall between the United States and Mexico and supporting the Minuteman Project, a group of vigilantes self-appointed to monitor the Mexican border for illegal immigrants. So one can imagine it was much to his chagrin that his son, John, was not just arrested while his dad was still in office, but arrested for alleged human smuggling. Tipped off by a K-9 unit, officers found five undocumented immigrants—including a 6-year-old girl—hiding in the back of 30-year-old Boyd’s truck as he attempted to pass through a Border Patrol security check in Arizona in September 2008. In addition to the people, who had reportedly agreed to pay the representative’s son $3,000 each to take them to the United States, Boyd was also allegedly transporting crystal meth, unopened syringes, a burned and white residue-coated spoon, a few knives, a loaded pistol, and a spare magazine of ammunition. He was charged with alien smuggling, on which his father commented, “This is a family matter that my family and I will be dealing with privately. John is a grown man and must face the consequences for his actions, but he has the love and support of his family.” John Boyd pleaded guilty to a felony charge conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for profit and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.