Civil Rights Groups Call for Accountability in ICE Scam

The department’s fake university entrapped 600 people.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received a letter from 40 civil rights organizations this week calling for the department to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) accountable for setting up a fake university in 2015.

The University of Farmington was listed as a legitimate school in Michigan on the DHS website and the department went as far as to charge tuition and mail I-20 Certificates of Eligibility to 600 students, mostly of Indian nationality. The sham institution was also billed as being authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program

ICE revealed it was a sting operation for student visa fraud in 2019 and kept the tuition money that had been collected. “Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta has the power to immediately restore the over six million dollars in tuition money stolen from these students,” stated Lakshmi Sridharan, executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Mayorkas as he evaluates the claims against the government’s fraudulent university.
  • For Director Johnson as he handles the fallout from a scheme that was launched by his agency seven years ago.
  • For those students who were deceived, defrauded, and deported.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters


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