2006-2010 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

December 2009
2 more sentenced for marriage fraud
A federal judge sentenced a Cozad woman to probation for a sham marriage so the man, a Mexican citizen, could stay in the U.S. legally.…read more
November 2009

County Employees Involved in Sham Marriage Scam, Feds Say
Five current or former county workers are among 10 people with Chicago connections indicted in an alleged scam to arrange sham marriages.…read more

October 2009

6 Posed as Abuse Victims to Get Rent Subsidies, Officials Say
This story isn’t about immigration fraud, but it goes to show what lengths some people will go in order to receive a benefit. These women lied about domestic violence to get cheap rent. Do you think that there are immigrants that would lie about domestic violence to get a green card?…read more

Owner of Thai Ginger admits to immigration fraud – paying people to ‘marry’ her relatives
Varee Bradford, 44, owner of the Thai Ginger chain of restaurants, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Conspiracy to Commit Immigration Fraud, and three counts of Fraud Relating to Immigration Documents.…read more

Marriage scam busted
A Russian woman who married a Jackson resident in 2007 will be deported after serving about two months in a federal prison for evading immigration laws through marriage fraud…read more

Soldier, ex-soldier plead guilty to marriage fraud
A Fort Bragg soldier and a former soldier pleaded guilty Tuesday to entering into fake marriages with Russian women to move off post and legitimize the women’s immigration status.…read more


July 2009

What Has Happened To VAWA?
Interesting article by an immigration attorney who has seen clients denied their self-petitions. He states “Congress should amend the law to make enforceable the right of battered wives to leave their abusive husbands, by providing for judicial review, to compel bureaucrats to follow the law instead of their prurient curiosities.” We feel citizens should have the right to judicial review when immigrant spouses make false claims of abuse! …read more

June 2009

Immigration ‘Widow Penalty’ and Immigration Fraud
My concern was that so many politicians are obviously seeking all sorts of ways of bending the immigration laws to make it impossible to enforce the immigration statutes from within the United States. I fear that in order to spare the several hundred widowed conditional immigrants the possibility of being removed from the United States that the Congress would enact legislation that would remove the two year conditional immigrant status for all aliens who acquire their lawful immigrant status through marriage to a United States citizen or lawful immigrant.…read more

Will Congress End the Immigration ‘Widow Penalty’?
It was bad enough that Natalia Goukassian, then 21, had to spend her honeymoon in June 2006 in West Palm Beach, Fla., helping her husband Tigran find alternative treatments for connective tissue sarcoma, an aggressive cancer, or that six months later, the Air Force-enlisted man, 21, succumbed to the disease. But as it turned out, her painful ordeal had only just begun. While the Veteran Affairs Department deemed the Russian immigrant (not yet a legal resident) eligible for surviving-spouse benefits, immigration officials at Homeland Security took a very different view. …read more

Janet Napolitano Announces She Won’t Enforce Anti-Marriage Fraud Measure
It’s bad enough that for the eight years of the Bush administration, many Bush U.S. Attorneys let ICE agents know they wouldn’t prosecute marriage fraud cases.…read more

May 2009

Ex-lawyer sentenced for role in marriage scam
A former lawyer and Filipino-American community leader was sentenced Monday to three years of probation with six months of home detention after admitting that he helped arrange a phony marriage between clients…read more

April 2009

Ex-FBI trainee nets 1-year term in marriage fraud case
A former FBI trainee and Navy sailor was sentenced Tuesday to one year in federal prison after admitting she arranged a phony marriage to get quick citizenship…read more

March 2009

Court Allows Fraud Conviction for Lying to Obtain Green Card
Possession of authentic immigration documents obtained by means of false statements is a criminal act, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clarified yesterday.…read more

January 2009

RYAN NICKLAUS WILLIAMS, 28, of Puyallup, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 37 days in jail with credit for time served, 100 hours of community service, four months of electronic home monitoring, and three years of supervised release for the crime of Conspiracy to Commit Visa Fraud. …read more
December 2008

Operation yields 8 criminal and 5 administrative arrests
Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) arrested 13 individuals on marriage fraud-related charges. U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez and ICE Special Agent in Charge Manuel Oyola Torres announced the arrest today in San Juan.…read more

November 2008

Shield Foundation shelter shakedown
Bob Hartzog of Glendale, Ariz. was roused out of his slumber by a ringing phone. It was the cops. According to the policeman, Hartzog’s wife Valentina charged he had forced her to have sex and threatened to kill her.…read more

October 2008

Sailor in marriage scam gets 2-year jail sentence
A U.S. Navy sailor who fled to Europe after admitting he arranged sham marriages at Mayport Naval Station was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.…read more
April 2008

Feds move to deport women arrested in marriage fraud investigation
Immigration authorities have begun their push to deport Eastern European women arrested on charges of marrying sailors as a way to stay in the country…read more

March 2008

Emilio Gonzalez, USCIS Director, Resigns
Emilio T. Gonzalez, the incompetent head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that spends less than 6 minutes reviewing each request for green cards and citizenship has resigned. …read more
October 2007

Some are more equal than others
The substitution of the re-titled “Women’s Equality Amendment” (WEA) for the same old text of what was known in the 1970s as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a real-life validation of George Orwell’s fictional portrayal…read more

September 2007

How Female Illegals Abuse the System
Every year thousands of Americans are victimized by a swindle known as the “immigrant abuse scam.” What’s amazing is this shake-down is paid for by the U.S. taxpayer under the guise of stopping domestic violence. …read more

IMBRA: Anatomy Of A Feminist Hoax
Want a textbook example how the Left manufactures a crisis, passes a law that rolls back Constitutional protections…read more

VAWA Gives More Rights To Illegals Than Citizens
Attention, ladies of the world: The U.S. Congress has now granted you the Keys to Kingdom that will unlock the door to U.S. citizenship, a good-paying job, and tons of free services …read more

August 2007

DHS Hid Data From Probers
Department of Homeland Security administrators, fearing additional scrutiny, concealed from federal investigators information-sharing breakdowns that left the U.S. vulnerable to terrorists …read more

Sexless Green Card Marriage Ends with Annulment
…But Antoinette Walters Janda filed for an annulment of her sexless marriage on Feb. 14, 2007, claiming that her husband, Jiri Janda, married her with no intention to honor his marital obligations …read more
November 2006

Citizenship Agency Lost 111,000 Files 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has lost track of 111,000 files in 14 of the agency’s busiest district offices and processed as many as 30,000 citizenship applications last year without the necessary files…read more

June 2006
Meet the Real Faris Alami: Illegal Alien Sham Marriage & SS Fraud Expert
Faris Alami is a great example of the media whitewash on illegal aliens. He’s a great example of how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is NOT doing its job …read more


April 2006

Marriage Fraud: Is Anyone Watching? 
Even as the Senate and President Bush on Thursday were compromising on a proposal to restrict the number of foreigners allowed to remain in the USA, one point was overlooked: There are no limits on foreign spouses. …read more