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  • 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...
  • Visa fraud is big business around world<BR> Investigation continues at consulate

    06/27/2003 5:47:43 AM PDT · by FITZ · 17 replies · 231+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | June 27, 2003 | Louie Gilot
    Last month, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo reopened after a four-month investigation that led to the arrest of four employees who allegedly sold visas. This week, investigators flown from Washington, D.C, were still combing through documents and interviewing people at the U.S. Consulate in Juárez, making it clear that visa fraud is far from an unusual occurrence. In fact, the Diplomatic Security Service, part of the State Department, opened 250 visa fraud investigations worldwide since October, officials said. "Visas are really valuable property," said Nida Emmons, the spokeswoman for U.S. Consul Maurice Parker in Juárez. "They are counterfeited, sold...
  • Terror arrest roils small town in Idaho: Muslim residents feel sudden chill

    03/12/2003 1:54:23 AM PST · by sarcasm · 14 replies · 1,690+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 12, 2003 | Gwen Florio
    Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - MOSCOW, Idaho - This was supposed to be the safe place, the Idaho town that fought the state's stereotype as a haven for white- supremacist and anti-government groups. For sure, that's how Marwan Mossaad felt about Moscow, home to the University of Idaho, where the 25-year-old Egyptian national is majoring in economics and architecture. It's hard to imagine the disconnect between the chaotic streets of Cairo, a city of 16 million people, and Moscow, where the grain elevator at the south end of Main Street is the tallest building in town.Until now, said Mossaad, head...
  • Former Idaho football player arrested as material witness in Islamic charities probe

    03/18/2003 4:30:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 545+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-18-03 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    <p>SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A former University of Idaho football player has been arrested as a material witness in an investigation of Islamic charities with possible links to terrorism, FBI agents said Tuesday.</p> <p>Abdullah Al-Kidd, 30, was arrested Sunday at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., according to two FBI agents who separately spoke on condition of anonymity. He was carrying a one-way ticket to Saudi Arabia, court documents show.</p>
  • 10 Iraqis detained in Jamaica were headed to Belize Are being interviewed by the U.S. F.B.I..

    02/13/2003 1:37:05 PM PST · by Dbdaily · 34 replies · 8,120+ views
    10 Iraqis detained in Jamaica were headed to Belize. 10 Iraqis detained in Jamaica were headed to Belize In news just in, the Associated Press is tonight reporting that ten Iraqi citizens have been detained in Montego Bay, Jamaica and are being interviewed by the U.S. F.B.I.. Their destination? Belize. Let me read the bulletin as we received it just minutes ago: "F.B.I. agents on Tuesday were questioning ten Iraqi men who were detained at Montego Bay's airport, Jamaican police said, but did not say why they are being held. The police detained the ten men on Monday after reviewing...
  • FEDS NAB ‘IMAM' IN VISA CON

    02/07/2003 1:26:09 AM PST · by sarcasm · 5 replies · 292+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 7, 2003 | JOHN LEHMANN
    <p>February 7, 2003 -- A Brooklyn greeting-card salesman - who worships Osama bin Laden and hopes for another Sept. 11 - masterminded a Muslim immigration ring in which more than 200 people obtained green cards by pretending to be religious workers teaching the Koran, the feds charged yesterday.</p>
  • Owner of Immigration Law Firm Convicted Crooked Law Firm Caught! Major Catch!

    12/13/2002 2:29:18 PM PST · by holyscroller · 6 replies · 304+ views
    Las Vegas Sun | December 12, 2002 | Associated Press
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The owner of an immigration-law firm that filed thousands of work-permit applications with false information and phony signatures was convicted of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. The illegal immigrants, who paid the firm up to $20,000 each, were unaware of the fraud by Capital Law Centers in the green card application process. A federal jury Wednesday convicted Samuel G. Kooritzky, 64, on all 57 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. He faces a probable prison sentence of eight to 10 years and may also forfeit as much as $2.5 million, part of what authorities believe...
  • Man Arrested at Panama City, FL Airport!

    09/13/2001 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Dems_R_Losers · 21 replies · 474+ views
    My Dad! | September 13, 2001 | Me
    Just talked to my Dad in Panama City who said they have arrested an Arab man trying to get into the Panama City Airport. He had a false German passport and was driving a rental car rented in Boca Raton. The bomb-sniffing dogs deployed at the parking entrance caught him. We figure these thugs are trying to find small town airports where they think the tougher security measures have not yet been implemented. I guess they don't know about Tyndall and Eglin Air Force bases right up the road from this airport! They don't mess around down on the Panhandle. ...
  • U.S. embassy official took bribes for Saudi visas

    05/22/2002 1:26:28 PM PDT · by xvb · 15 replies · 225+ views
    AP - Salon ^ | May 22 2002
    U.S. embassy official took bribes for Saudi visas - - - - - - - - - - - - By Jeffrey Gold May 21, 2002 | NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former employee of a U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia where most of the Sept. 11 hijackers got their visas admitted Tuesday that he took money and gifts to provide fraudulent visas to foreigners. Abdulla Noman had no connection to any of the hijackers, 15 of whom got visas legally through the consulate in Jeddah, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vilker said. "There's no evidence whatever linking him to terrorism,"...
  • Visa reform bill in works: Calls for biometric info in 'smart cards' to track foreign visitors

    02/05/2002 11:29:07 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 182+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2002 | By Jon Dougherty
    A California Republican has introduced a new visa reform bill that would require the federal government to employ the latest technology to better categorize and track foreign visitors, including "machine-readable visas containing biometric information." According to a summary of the Visa Entry Reform Act, which was introduced Nov. 6 by Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., if passed it would require the Homeland Security Office, in conjunction with other federal agencies, "to establish and supervise a single computerized database (lookout database) to screen and identify inadmissible or deportable aliens. …" Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif. The bill would also mandate that such ...
  • 31 Yemeni Residents Detained at JFK

    02/20/2002 12:22:44 AM PST · by kattracks · 46 replies · 618+ views
    AP | 2/20/02
    NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Authorities refused to let 31 Yemeni passengers board a flight departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport because they did not have proper visas, the Port Authority said Wednesday. The group was scheduled to take British Airways Flight 116 at 11 p.m. Tuesday to Yemen with a connection in London, Port Authority spokesman Sgt. Jeff Baumbach said. They were barred from the flight and detained after the visa problem came to light, Baumbach said. He said the airline called the FBI, whose Joint Terrorist Task Force responded to investigate. The ...
  • Feds Nab Seven In Wisconsin With illegal Visas From Qatar Embassy (3 knew 9/11 hijackers)

    07/12/2002 10:03:45 PM PDT · by Shermy · 87 replies · 1,306+ views
    WKOW-TV Madison/ AP ^ | July 12, 2002
    MILWAUKEE (AP) Federal authorities have found seven people in Wisconsin suspected of bribing U.S. embassy officials in the Persian Gulf to obtain illegal visas. Six of the seven don't appear to have terrorist ties, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis D. Schmitz. He said little is known about the seventh person, Ahmad Abed Atia, 23, who had been living in Milwaukee. Atia was uncooperative with investigators and has been transferred to Chicago on a federal visa fraud charge, Schmitz said. The seven are part of a larger group of foreigners from Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and Bangladesh suspected to have paid at...
  • Virginia Men Charged In Visa Scheme, 2,700 Fake Papers, U.S. Says

    07/25/2002 12:42:52 AM PDT · by healey22 · 44 replies · 803+ views
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | July 25, 2002 | Tom Jackman
    Federal agents swarmed into Arlington yesterday and shut down a massive immigration fraud scheme that allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to obtain permission to work in the United States -- and made millions of dollars for an Arlington lawyer and his colleague -- prosecutors said. Samuel G. Kooritzky, 63, an immigration lawyer and owner of the Capital Law Centers, and Ronald W. Bogardus, 65, an engineer, had submitted nearly 2,700 phony applications since the beginning of last year for "labor certifications" from the state and federal government, according to a 60-page affidavit filed in federal court in Alexandria yesterday. The...
  • FBI detains man linked to 9/11 hijackers(Maryland)

    06/26/2002 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Donald Stone · 10 replies · 234+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 26, 2002 | Johnathon E. Briggs and Gail Gibson
    <p>Federal authorities have detained a Jordanian man they believe was a roommate of at least two of the Sept. 11 hijackers after a raid at a Southeast Baltimore home.</p> <p>Rasmi Al-Shannaq was taken into custody early Monday, apparently for overstaying his visa, according to law enforcement sources and news reports. He is believed to have lived last year with two of the hijackers who were on board American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon.</p>
  • 31 held in visa fraud inquiry

    07/10/2002 1:53:07 AM PDT · by Brownie74 · 18 replies · 254+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Jul. 10, 2002 | WARREN P. STROBEL, CASSIO FURTADO AND LARRY LEBOWITZ
    <p>Federal authorities have 31 Middle Eastern and Asian citizens in custody -- including two Pakistani men arrested in Miami -- and are searching for 28 more in a broadening investigation into the sale of fraudulent visas at the U.S. Embassy in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar, U.S. officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>The two Pakistanis in Miami and two Jordanians arrested in Baltimore and Detroit are charged with entering the United States on visas that were illegally obtained at the embassy in Doha, Qatar, for bribes of up to $10,000 apiece.</p>
  • FBI Arrests Saudi National in Las Vegas Sting Operation

    11/04/2001 8:15:50 PM PST · by grimalkin · 6 replies · 383+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Sunday, November 04, 2001 | FOXNews.com
    <p>LAS VEGAS — A Saudi citizen has been arrested in an FBI sting operation for allegedly accepting bribes to issue American visas to Saudi nationals, authorities said Sunday.</p> <p>Abdulla Noman, who works for the U.S. Department of Commerce issuing visas at the American Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, was arrested Thursday in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room, authorities said. He is being held in federal custody.</p>
  • Saudi man with Hub ties held in alleged test-taking plot

    06/29/2002 3:52:33 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 10 replies · 199+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 29, 2002 | Bret Ladine
    <p>LEXANDRIA, Va. - A Saudi Arabian man with Massachusetts ties was ordered held without bail here yesterday, after a search of his home allegedly found materials referring to terrorist attacks. He is accused of scheming to fake English-language proficiency tests for foreign student-visa holders to enable them to remain in the United States.</p>
  • <b> New probe weighed for investor visa program

    06/10/2002 7:52:06 AM PDT · by Donald Stone · 1 replies · 167+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 10,2002 | By Walter F. Roche Jr.
    Money and immigrants arouse security concerns Early last month, a former top government lawyer got an especially warm greeting from a Senate panel considering a major overhaul of immigration laws. He was introduced as a "highly respected" expert whose insights were valued. That May 2 appearance by Paul W. Virtue, former chief counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, was one of many he has made since leaving the agency, where he worked for 16 years, ending in 1999. Virtue, a partner in a top Washington law firm, also has made frequent appearances on national radio and television programs...
  • Visa Agency Leaves Trail of Tears (just desserts alert)

    04/23/2002 11:48:46 AM PDT · by stiga bey · 1 replies · 184+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | April 18, 2002 | Todd Prince
    In the popular Russian film "Brat 2," one of the heros is issued a U.S. visa under the pretense of attending a computer conference in Chicago. The film features a comical episode in which the shaved-headed gangster struggles to explain the theme of the conference to customs officials. Ira is no gangster, but the 24-year-old mother from a small town doesn't exactly fit the description of a computer specialist either. In fact, she has never worked with a computer before. But as far as she knew, she was guaranteed a place in a Russian delegation flying to San Francisco for...