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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CORRUPTION CASES PLAGUE THE IMMIGRATION WORLD

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Government officials as well as immigration lawyers have been implicated in several recent corruption cases. Here are some of the cases that have made news in the last few days:


  • USDOJ announced a ICE official was sentenced in a kickback scheme involving a confidential informant in an alien smuggling investigation.

  • A former official at the US Consulate in Toronto was sentenced to a year in prison for a scheme where visas were expedited in exchange for gifts and trips with exotic dancers.

  • A Utah lawyer stands accused of massive fraud in securing H-2B visas for ineligible workers.

  • A Beverly Hills lawyer has been indicted for participating in a scheme with an Armenian diplomat to obtain "letters of refusal" from Armenia to accept individuals being deported back in to that country. 


I don't know if this represents any sort of trend, but unfortunately the field has always had problems with corrupt practices. Desperate individuals and the profit motive are sometimes a recipe for problems. Consumers and the immigration bar need to be vigilant in rooting out problem practitioners and the government needs to be equally diligent in pursuing those in its own ranks who would seek to profit from their positions of authority.

[Update: One additional attorney case is the subject of an ICE press release from last week. A Columbus, Ohio lawyer has been arrested for engaging in marriage fraud.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    US is a corrupt country, particularly the southern states such as Louisiana and Texas! This is not Norway or Singapore!
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