Immigrants are learning the tricks of the trade in how to obtain a green card and eventual citizenship in the U.S., by preying on unsuspecting and naïve American citizens.
One such plot is foreign immigrants who manage to make themselves eligible to apply for a U-Visa, which is set aside for victims of crimes – and their family members – who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation of criminal activity.
Claiming to be a victim of harassment, stalking or domestic violence to obtain a U-Visa is becoming a common occurrence – at a rate of over 50,000 per year for the past two years.
Fox News reports that Renee Sun’s 21-year-old son was tricked into a relationship with a foreign student from Mongolia where they both attended University of Colorado-Boulder. She asked him out on a date, went to yoga classes with him and asked questions about his religion, according to the boy’s mother.
The girl kept the 3-month relationship rocky, but every time she “broke up” with him, she would whisper for him to text her – which he did. That was all she needed to obtain a digital record when she later had him arrested for “stalking” her, making her and her family eligible for the only thing they really wanted – a U-Visa, allowing them to stay and work in the U.S. legally, eventually getting a green card and then citizenship.
“This was a setup that trapped a simple American young man for the benefit of gaining legal status for this woman’s entire family, her mother, and her brother,” Sun said. “By finding a victim like my son, they can stay in this country and immediately enjoy all the social benefits.”
Unfortunately for her son, the first trial ended in a hung jury, but he was convicted on retrial. The Sun family is considering an appeal.
An instruction manual confirms that even if an immigrant does not have immigration papers (illegal alien) or if they have over-stayed their visa, they can apply for a U-Visa. It’s free, they get instant permission to work in the U.S., can apply for a green card after three years, and eventually US citizenship.
If the “victim” applicant is under 21, they can also apply for their parents, a legally married spouse, any children, and all their unmarried brothers and sisters under 18.
If the “victim” applicant is over 21, they still get to bring their legally married spouse and all their children.
They don’t even have to be a victim – if they just have information about criminal activity, they are eligible, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Former Arapahoe County (Colo.) District Attorney Michael Steinberg said, “anyone who enters the country illegally and can produce a restraining order or affidavit, even with no hard evidence of abuse, is likely to be approved for a work permit and permanent residency.”
Even if the immigrant is undergoing deportation proceedings, a U-Visa application will bring the deportation to a screeching halt, according to Steinberg.
John Sampson, retired ICE agent, warns the “domestic violence” U-visas are easier to obtain if the fraudulent relationship blooms into a marriage, as all a foreign immigrant has to do is claim they are the victim of domestic abuse – even on the same day of marriage, and they become a permanent resident “in an instant.”
U-visa applications of immigrants claiming to be crime victims have risen dramatically, from 6,835 in 2009 to 24,768 in 2012 to 52,666 in 2015… and the number is anticipated to be 58,000 for 2016.
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