2010 Archives

November 2010
Are a small number of immigrant wives faking domestic abuse to stay in the country?
The Violence Against Women Act has been a lifeline for countless abused women. But the law has a potential flaw, too: A small fraction of the time, it may also provide incentive for immigrant husbands and wives to fake domestic abuse.…read more

October 2010

Arlington imam, wife accused of marrying others to get U.S. citizenship
A prominent Islamic scholar who has battled accusations of extremist beliefs has been arrested along with his wife on federal charges that they married other people to get U.S. citizenship.…read more

August 2010

Cheating the System…and Many Hearts, too
Husband wanted. Requirements: Car, job. Must be American citizen.…read more

Marriage Fraud a Growing Problem
Today Fox News highlighted the persistent problem of marriage fraud in the immigration process, and invited me to discuss the implications (view the video segment below). Marriage is the most common way for a foreign national to gain permanent residency…read more

Immigrant Couples Face Scrutiny in Bid to Root Out Sham Marriages
Green Cards for Spouses: Up 56 Percent Since 2006, Feds Say…read more

May 2010

3 detainees gained path by marriage
At first, the Colorado woman agreed to marry him. Then she changed her mind. So Aftab Ali Khan, her would-be husband from Pakistan, swiftly married someone else.…read more

Pasadenan indicted for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud
A sealed nine-count federal indictment has been unsealed following the arrests of three U.S. citizens and three Cambodian nationals for allegedly conspiring to commit marriage fraud, benefit/visa fraud and passport fraud, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno announced Friday.…read more

The Jihadis’ marriage-fraud scam
America’s homeland-security amnesia never ceases to amaze. In the aftermath of the botched Times Square terror attack, Pakistani-born bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad’s US citizenship status caused a bit of shock and awe.…read more

April 2010

Court: Fraudulently Married Alien May Not Adjust Status
A Palestinian immigrant who entered into a fraudulent marriage with a U.S. citizen could not obtain legal permanent resident status after his divorce and marriage to a new spouse, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.…read more

March 2010

Vows for visas
An alleged fraud marriage scheme has chugged along in Worcester for years, slowed – but not stopped – by a federal investigation and the lingering suspicion of City Clerk David J. Rushford.…read more

January 2010

National security breeches plague U.S. ports of entry
“Now, if the terrorist is going to be a ‘sleeper,’ one who stays hidden for some time and then resurfaces when he needs to complete his assignment, I’d go the green card route and I’d allege that my U.S. citizen spouse abused me so I could get out of the marriage quickly and still get my green card,” Sampson explains.…read more

After marriage fraud, soldier will serve in Afghanistan, not in prison
A former Fort Bragg soldier who married a Russian woman in order to get her into the United States and claim higher benefits for himself was sentenced to probation Monday for the fraud.…read more