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  • Federal Prosecutor Investigating Fraud Found Dead in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s District

    05/27/2017 5:48:44 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 85 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 26, 2017 | Carter
    A federal prosecutor’s body was discovered on a Hollywood, Florida beach with potential head trauma. Brandon J. Whisenant, Jr.’s body was found Wednesday by a random individual. The police are attempting to determine if Whisenant’s death was a “homicide, suicide, or something else.” The AP reports: “ Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said Thursday that the body of 37-year-old Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. was found early Wednesday by a passerby on the city’s beach. She said detectives are trying to determine if the death was a homicide, suicide or something else. Whisenant worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami...
  • How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the Visa System

    03/21/2016 10:10:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/21/2016 | By HAEYOUN PARK
    H-1B visas are designed to bring foreign professionals with college degrees and specialized skills to fill jobs when qualified Americans cannot be found. But in recent years, global outsourcing companies have dominated the program, winning tens of thousands of visas and squeezing out many American companies, including smaller start-ups. Congress set a limit of 85,000 visas annually, and more than 10,000 companies applied in 2014. But just 20 companies received more than 32,000 visas, according to Ronil Hira, a professor at Howard University who studies visa programs and analyzed federal H-1B data. The top 20 included several large outsourcing firms...
  • SoCal terror probe exposes marriage-for-visa racket

    12/18/2015 2:16:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2015 | Hollie McKay
    The ever-widening investigation of the San Bernardino terrorist massacre has revealed at least two dubious marriages that experts say expose huge loopholes in the immigration system and continue to put national security at risk. Federal authorities have charged Enrique Marquez with marriage fraud for his allegedly sham union with Mariya Chernykh, a Russian woman whose sister married the brother of terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook after first gaining residence through an earlier marriage. And of course, Farook's own wife, Tashfeen Malik, who was killed along with him in a shootout with police following their Dec. 2 attack, married her way into...
  • Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

    03/13/2015 12:11:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/17/14
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for significant campaign contributions to the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported that Menendez, with express written support from Clinton, intervened on behalf of Estefania Isaías, who was banned from traveling to the U.S. due to accusations of visa fraud. Isaías is the daughter of Roberto Isaias, who lives in Miami and is currently fighting extradition to Ecuador for banking crimes and under investigation for...
  • Crowding Out U.S. Workers

    01/07/2014 9:05:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 6, 2014 | Jeff Sessions
    The GOP needs to oppose the White House’s immigration plan and expose its flaws.Several prominent amnesty advocates, including Mark Zuckerberg and top Obama administration officials, have argued that amnesty is a civil right. The claim is, of course, preposterous on its face. Under this reasoning, every immigrant currently living in the U.S. on a temporary visa has the right to refuse to leave when that visa expires. And every household in a foreign country has the right to enter the U.S. illegally tomorrow and demand the Obama administration’s amnesty for “DREAMers” and their relatives. To say that amnesty is a...
  • Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism...

    05/09/2013 2:41:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2013/tunisian-man-charged-with-visa-fraud-related-to-terrorism-intended-to-remain-in-u.s.-to-facilitate-an-act-of-international-terrorism Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism, Intended to Remain in U.S. to Facilitate an Act of International Terrorism U.S. Attorney’s Office May 09, 2013 Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the city of New York (NYPD), today announced the unsealing of charges against Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian citizen, for...
  • Maryland man gets five years for fraud, after making terrorist threats

    03/01/2011 7:25:07 AM PST · by wonders · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Maria Glod
    A Silver Spring man convicted of falsifying immigration documents had threatened to blow up the White House, the U.S. Treasury building, a federal courthouse and a Metro stop, vowing to "slaughter the enemies of Islam," federal prosecutors said Monday in court. Lajqi, an ethnic Albanian who came to the United States through Mexico in the mid-1980s, is a self-described "extremist militant," who said he was trained by Bosnian Muslim rebels, according to court papers. He was angry about American military involvement in Kosovo in the 1990s, and "blamed all Albanian deaths in Kosovo on the United States," the court papers...
  • Federal raid leads to 30 being taken into custody (WA)

    01/21/2011 6:06:35 PM PST · by epithermal · 18 replies
    DAILY RECORD ^ | January 21, 2011 | DAILY RECORD STAFF
    Federal agents early Thursday morning arrested 14 Ellensburg area residents related to criminal charges of manufacture and purchase of counterfeit identity and employment documents, according to a news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Another 16 were taken into custody on administrative immigration violations, and three of those were later released for humanitarian reasons, according to the news release issued this morning. All 30 are Mexican nationals, according to ICE/HSI spokeswoman Lorie Dankers in Seattle, and the three released were women.
  • Law Enforcement Fears Shabaab Infiltration

    06/05/2010 1:07:16 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 922+ views
    Note: Video included at link. SNIPPET: "Now, law enforcement officials appear increasingly concerned Al-Shabaab members are trying to come back to America. But these members aren't disenchanted young men like Hassan, seeking to escape the terrorists' hold. Rather, the concern is that they are returning either to recruit more members or perhaps to plot attacks here." SNIPPET: "Al-Shabaab represents a "threat to the whole nation, all of the world," Ahmed told the IPT. "Everywhere they could recruit somebody they will try – Europe, North America, Australia, Africa…And they want to disrupt world peace." Ahmed warned that Al-Shabaab's main focus in...
  • ICE DEPORTS IRAQI NATIONAL WITH TIES TO AL QAEDA OPERATIVES

    05/06/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 229+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | May 6, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: May 6, 2010 ICE deports Iraqi national with ties to Al Qaeda operatives SEATTLE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced that an Iraqi citizen, who had ties to an Al Qaeda leader and was deemed a national security risk by a federal immigration judge, an administrative appeals court and a federal appeals court, was recently removed to his native country. Sam Malkandi, 51, was living in Kirkland, Wash., in 1999 when he attempted to fraudulently obtain a U.S. visa for Tawfiq bin Attash to travel here and purportedly receive medical...
  • Man Charged in Sweeping Student Visa Fraud Case

    03/08/2010 10:58:29 PM PST · by Sefton · 27 replies · 377+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 8, 2010 | -- Anna Gorman in Los Angeles and My-Thuan Tran in Santa Ana
    Higgens was paid by dozens of foreign students -- mostly from the Middle East -- who were paying him to sit in class, take exams and write papers for them so their student visas would remain valid. Investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the demand was so great that he hired employees, including a blond woman who they believe posed as an Middle Eastern man to take a test. Agents are continuing to investigate the case and believe Higgins had several co-conspirators.
  • Chicago immigration agency a front for terror plot, federal probers allege

    01/02/2010 3:58:29 PM PST · by Cindy · 30 replies · 2,004+ views
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com ^ | January 3, 2009 | Antonio Olivo
    “Chicago immigration agency a front for terror plot, federal probers allege U.S. probe targets operations of First World Immigration” By Antonio Olivo Tribune reporter January 3, 2010 SNIPPET: “Federal prosecutors charge that the Immigration center served as a front in a Chicago-based terror plot to bomb a Danish newspaper that in 2005 outraged Muslims worldwide when it published unflattering caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. First World’s owner, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, also knew in advance of plans for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which killed 172 people, federal prosecutors allege. Randall Samborn, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in...
  • Using Fake Documents to Get a Valid U.S. Passport

    12/09/2009 9:20:06 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 968+ views
    Schneier on Security ^ | 08 Dec 2009 | Bruce Schneier
    I missed this story: Since 2007, the U.S. State Department has been issuing high-tech "e-passports," which contain computer chips carrying biometric data to prevent forgery. Unfortunately, according to a March report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), getting one of these supersecure passports under false pretenses isn't particularly difficult for anyone with even basic forgery skills. A GAO investigator managed to obtain four genuine U.S. passports using fake names and fraudulent documents. In one case, he used the Social Security number of a man who had died in 1965. In another, he used the Social Security number of a fictitious...
  • ICE agents arrest Albanian national wanted for murder in Italy...

    10/29/2009 1:34:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 461+ views
    ICE.GOV ^ | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: October 28, 2009 ICE agents arrest Albanian national wanted for murder in Italy The Albanian national also faces criminal visa-fraud charges NEW YORK - An Albanian national, who was convicted in absentia for a murder in Italy, was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Ferdinand Marku, also known as Edmond Voli, faces visa-fraud charges for knowingly and intentionally making false statements on a federal immigration application. Marku, 39, was convicted in absentia, in Rome, Italy, for the November 2000 fatal stabbing of a victim near a subway station...
  • Feds Say Lawyer Took Bribe to Encourage Client to Lie in Immigration Case

    08/26/2009 6:38:33 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 6 replies · 750+ views
    Law.com ^ | 8-26-2009 | Amanda Bronstad
    A California lawyer who allegedly agreed to accept more than $100,000 in bribes in exchange for coaching his client to lie to a grand jury investigating immigration fraud has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges. Alfred N. Villalobos, who recently moved from West Hills, Calif., to South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was indicted on Aug. 21. Federal prosecutors allege that Villalobos coerced an attorney who represents the target of an immigration fraud investigation to give him $107,000 in cash and other compensation. In exchange, Villalobos promised that his client, referred to in court documents as "Client One," would make false...
  • In murder of HPD officer, career criminal with marriage visa is charged

    06/26/2009 11:42:06 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 438+ views
    Examiner (Houston) ^ | June 26, 2009 | Stephen Dean
    A career criminal was granted a special marriage visa to enter the United States, despite a lengthy list of arrests that span two-decades, only to be charged in this week's murder of a Houston Police officer, according to Houston's mayor and police. Andres Nava-Maldonado is jailed on Capital Murder charges in Tuesday night's death of HPD Senior Officer Henry Canales, 42, during an undercover sting operation in southwest Houston. While he is not the suspected trigger-man, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lycos said he is charged with being involved in the robbery that ended with Canales' death. Police revealed on...
  • Indians involved in major US H-1B visa racket

    02/14/2009 4:29:55 PM PST · by Tempest · 42 replies · 1,438+ views
    WASHINGTON: US federal authorities have claimed to have unearthed a major H-1B visa racket with the arrest of at least 11 persons, most of them suspected to be of Indian origin. Though the officials did not reveal the citizenship of those arrested, the names released indicated that almost all of them are either Indian or persons of Indian origin. Vision Systems Group, an IT company headquartered in South Plainfield New Jersey, has been indicted on 10 federal counts including conspiracy and mail fraud charge. Viswa Mandalapu is its CEO and president, according to the information available on the company's website.
  • Deep Corporate Staff Cuts Heat Up H-1B Visa Debate (Foreign Body Shops Keep Workers in the US)

    02/06/2009 9:13:21 AM PST · by Fred · 18 replies · 1,116+ views
    Work Force ^ | 020609 | Ed Frauenheim
    Job cuts by tech firms are putting the controversial H-1B guest-worker program in the spotlight once again. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, kicked off the latest debate in January by publicly calling on Microsoft to prioritize American workers over foreign guest workers as the software giant downsizes. In the wake of Grassley’s letter to Microsoft, questions have been raised about the legality of axing H-1B workers first. And H-1B critics have stepped up their attacks on a program they say makes little sense during a time of corporate belt-tightening. H-1B visas rarely go to exceptional talent and often are used by...
  • Virginia:Two Muslims Offer to Sell Missile to FBI Informant

    11/25/2008 5:04:58 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 13 replies · 547+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Nov. 25Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    Two Muslim men from Virginia have been arrested in a FBI sting. They were caught trying to sell a missile that could reach the Pentagon. This comes from the same state where a Saudi school for children was busted preaching hatred towards non-Muslims. Virginia was also the home of the former Virginia Jihad Network.
  • Behind the TIMES - The “paper of record” doesn’t understand the terrorist threat.

    10/18/2004 9:07:41 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies · 540+ views
    NRO ^ | October 18, 2004, 8:40 a.m. | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Let's imagine it's August 2001. And let's pretend that the Clinton Justice Department never erected the procedural war that, to borrow the words Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick wrote in 1995, went "beyond what is legally required" in obstructing communications between the FBI's intelligence division and its criminal investigators. As a result, let's say the FBI connects its dots. When an intelligence agent realizes terrorists Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi (two of the eventual 9/11 hijackers) are in the country and asks the Bureau's criminal division for help in locating them, headquarters encourages a cooperative effort instead of turning him...