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NCFM Member David Root, important opinion piece in the Daily Caller, A New Immigration Racket Emerges: Green Cards For Fake Abuse Victims

immigrationA New Immigration Racket Emerges: Green Cards For Fake Abuse Victims

US citizens and residents should¬†beware of this¬†‚Äúgreen card‚ÄĚ fraudster.¬†These immigrants¬†prey on residents¬†with the¬†goal of a marrying¬†for a green card-not love. The US citizen or resident marries in good faith, while the immigrant spouse alleges¬†abuse¬†to throw off suspicions it was a green card¬†sham.

This type of immigration marriage fraud is becoming a common method for immigrants to gain immigration benefits.  Victims of this scamare falsely accused of heinous crimes, and suffer personal and financial devastation, including lost custody of their children.

Back in¬†1994, the¬†Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) had a well-meaning immigration part that allowed¬†abused alien spouses to divorce and ‚Äúself petition‚ÄĚ their own immigration status.¬†Unfortunately, over time, advocates connected to¬†VAWA‚Äôs $480 million grant programs¬†successfully lobbied for a broad overreach, undermining it¬†with¬†unlimited fraud opportunities.

VAWA‚Äôs innocent name is simply a ploy to¬†camouflage its¬†half a billion dollar¬†grant programs ‚ÄĒ unaccountable¬†slush funds¬†steered back to many of the¬†groups that lobbied for it.¬†Almost all¬†grants recently¬†audited¬†by the Inspector General had¬†violations of grant requirements or fraud,¬†including a¬†Montana group that squandered¬†$4¬†million in ‚Äúunsupported grant expenditures‚ÄĚ.¬†Despite jaw dropping¬†abuses, the¬†House Appropriations Committee just¬†announced¬†a whopping $46 million¬†increase for VAWA programs next year.

Currently there‚Äôs no due process of law and no meaningful requirements for proof of abuse. A simple¬†allegation of abuse, even on the same day of marriage, can result in approval of a ‚Äėdomestic violence green card‚Äô. The immigrant ‚Äúself petitions‚ÄĚ for immigration status with no hard evidence or immigration hearing, no physical violence needed, and justified with vague ‚Äúmental abuse‚ÄĚ. Furthermore, US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) bans the American citizen from their constitutional¬†right of defending themselves during the adjudication of the immigrant, if abuse is alleged.

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A New Immigration Racket Emerges: Green Cards For Fake Abuse Victims

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