A Boom to Immigration Fraud
A rising but seldom heard segment of Immigration Fraud known as Green Card Scammer was given a “Green light Go Ahead” in America March 6, 2006.
Know by USCIS Immigration experts to exist in 8% of all K-1 and K-3 visa petitions little or no attention was granted to this rising problem as new laws “Aiding and Abetting” these types of fraud were signed into law. What is more, provisions of existing laws then make it easier for persons committing fraud to receive United States Citizenship at an accelerated rate, and even receive State financial aid while waiting processing of their Self Petition. Nothing short of rewarding the Bank Robber with a bank of their own.
Proponents of the International Marriage Broker Act of 2005 purposefully overlooked INS statistics revealing 8% of all K-1 and K-3 visa applicants enter into these relationships and marriages for fraudulent reasons. The diplomatic staff at U.S. Embassies positioned through out the world has conducted intensive interviews for decades attempting to attest to the true nature of the visa beneficiary. By U.S. Immigration law, the visa beneficiary is even required to submit a letter of Intent, stating once granted entry into the United States they intend to marry the petitioner.
It is quite simple, some people are willing to lie to get into the Promised Land, (America). I was alarmed to find out how easy it was to find on the internet the “going price” offered by foreign criminals to American Citizens to facilitate phony marriages with foreign women that wish to gain access to America. Korea - $3000.00, Cuba - $10,000.00, Federated Soviet Union - $25,000.00, and the list goes on. Quite simply deceiving an unsuspecting American Citizen looking for a life mate through marriage fraud is considerably cheaper. In fact it can be down right profitable.
A problem exists in identifying and then deporting persons who perpetuate immigration fraud in this fashion. Cases have been found where the American Citizen have used key logging software on the home PC and telephone records to illustrate the Green Card Scammer’s intent to bring over their ex spouse once they obtained a green card. Others don’t wait that long and leave the unsuspecting American fiancées with in days of their arrival here in the United States. What complicates matters more, female perpetrators of immigration fraud are highly familiar with U.S. Domestic violence laws and understand a false claim of abuse not only insures free legal assistance but also invokes new federal laws prohibiting their removal from the United States
Once the false allegations are made by persons committing immigration fraud, local police departments are mandated by law to file reports even if no physical evidence of abuse is present. Immigration laws only rely on the filling of the report not the outcome of any legal proceedings generated by the reported abuse. Immigration laws have been modified recently that also prohibit the American Citizen from even attending any proceedings, or even from submitting evidence that proves the immigration fraud.
Citing an array of cooked statistics the authors and proponents of the International Marriage Broker Act of 2005 attempted to portray an abuse rate of “over 50%”. Further examination of the facts revealed it was a telephone survey of 175 agencies dedicated towards providing Spousal Abuse services where over 50% have offered services to foreign women who entered the United States through a K-1 or K-3 visa.
“Tahirih Justice Center which represents several abused brides. A survey by the group found that 50 percent of 175 U.S. legal-aid groups had been approached by abused mail-order brides”,
Given the rate of over 4000 marriages per year since the early 90s, the reality is this translates into a rate of 0.22% or 154 times less likely then the average American woman to be abused. Given the number of persons perpetrating immigration fraud each year, claiming abuse that number should have been higher. What is not revealed in their report is that during that same period of time over 4000 persons have engaged in defrauding the American government and unsuspecting US citizens.
Proponents of the new laws readily claim the “abuse victims” come from poor, economically depressed economies. What they don’t wish to acknowledge is that desperate people can take drastic measures and immigration fraud is one of them.