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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

MARRIAGE FRAUD GRANDMA SENTENCED TO 44 MONTHS

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ICE officials have announced the break up of a major marriage fraud ring in Texas. According to ICE:

A 72-year-old grandmother who operated a marriage fraud ring for
decades was sentenced Sept. 23 to serve 44 months in federal prison.
The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of
the Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by the
following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Social Security
Administration's Office of Inspector General, the Health and Human
Services Commission's Office of Inspector General, and the Department
of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.

Maria Refugia Camarillo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge
A. Solis following her July 1 guilty plea for conspiring to commit
fraud in connection with immigration documents. Judge Solis also
ordered Camarillo to serve two years of supervised release. Four of the
16 defendants have yet to be sentenced.

According to documents filed in court, Camarillo, and a number of
individuals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, ran the fraudulent scheme
beginning in the 1980s and continuing until May 2008. Foreign
nationals, who wanted to become U.S. permanent residents, paid
Camarillo to arrange a marriage between them and a U.S. citizen. Once
married, they applied for U.S. permanent residence and later, U.S.
citizenship.

"For decades, this woman ignored immigration laws and even recruited
numerous family members to join this conspiracy," said John Chakwin
Jr., special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations. "Our
ICE-led Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force - comprised of local,
state and federal agencies - identified, investigated and prosecuted
this woman who thought she was above the law."

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  1. KJ's Avatar
    Religious workers? We don't have enough religious nuts already that we have to import more?

    Btw, Ruben Navarette claims CIR is already dead:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/25/navarrette.obama.immigration/index.html

    Now is the time for piecemeal legislation. Pass DREAM Act and pass EB Visa recapture. Enough with the hold-your-breath-for-CIR stuff already!
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    KJ - I presume you're not Catholic or Jewish or you would probably not have made the comment. Both communities heavily depend on the visas for clergy and religious educators. As for CIR being dead, I think a lot depends on how the health care debate plays out and how the President's approval numbers look at the end of the year. If you listened to the pundits, we would be talking about President Hilary Clinton's speech at the G-20 summit this morning.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    With the way things were going a few months ago with respect to the economy, we all had to pray and I am sure we will be faced with the same situation in the near future. As for me, I pray once a week at least on sunday mornings in the church..but then I have been praying a lot more lately!
  4. Jack's Avatar
    Based on that un-PC post, I take it KJ isn't 'KJ' (Kevin Johnson) of the ImmigrationProf Blog. I wonder if it was KJ or Bill Hing who killed the comments feature on that site.
  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Jack - You've given me the excuse to remind readers of my basic policy on comments. I don't mind comments from people who are anti-immigration as long as they are civil. Personal or defamatory attacks on me or readers are out. I also kicked out someone not too long ago who posted long screeds that I learned were cut and pasted on multiple blogs. I equated that to spam. Your posts have much with which I disagree, but they are politely laid out and have real arguments that serve as a subject for an intelligent discussion.
  6. KJ's Avatar
    I second what Greg just said. Jack, do behave yourself and don't post personal attacks and comments about people from other blogs or forums.
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