A California Man Helps Foreign Students Commit Immigration Fraud
Sometimes I really wish I could pay someone to go to my classes for me. Especially when it’s raining, and all I want to do is stay in bed and sleep through my alarm clock. But, I couldn’t really do that, could I? I mean, nobody would really pay someone else to take classes for them, right?
Wrong. Daniel Higgins, a California resident, was recently arrested for immigration fraud when it was discovered that he was attending classes and taking exams for Middle Eastern students who wanted to keep their visas. These students would pay Higgins up to $1,500 to pretend to be them in their classes. Higgins was attending classes for more than 100 students from Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Unfortunately, immigration fraud and the moral issue of having someone attend classes for someone else are not the only concerns. Some of these students are “persons of interest.”
“This is unique and not something we have seen in the past,” said Jorge Guzman, a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We don’t know the motive of these men coming from these countries, why they were here or why they were not attending classes.”
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, colleges were supposed to closely monitor foreign students and make sure their visas did not expire. However, it is now obvious that some schools are not fulfilling their responsibilities.
“It tells them they have a problem, where they are going to have to do something about verifying the identification of individuals coming in to take entrance exams and classes at those institutions,” Guzman said.
Via Fox News