An Iraqi-born businessman and three others were indicted for allegedly smuggling more than 250 people - many of them from the Middle East - into the United States.

George Tajirian, a travel agent with businesses in Cuba and Ecuador, was accused of being the leader of the ring that allegedly provided fraudulent immigration documents and transported illegal immigrants into and throughout the United States.The indictment was unsealed Thursday.

"This sends a message to all those who violate the sanctity of our southwest border. I say to them today that their days are numbered," said William Blagg, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas.