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by Greg Siskind

Scam Artist Lawyer Sentenced in Massive Immigration Fraud Scheme

I've been following this case for a while. The biggest mystery to me is how one firm could fraudulently file 25,000 cases even over several years. The adjudicating agencies might want to consider why they are gumming up the system with nonsense fraud profiling (including targeting small businesses simply for being small) while this type of systematic fraud could be going on for so long without any action.

Immigrant of the Day: Vineet Singal - Changemaker

I was fortunate enough to attend the American Immigration Council's Immigrant Achievement Awards last week in Washington, DC. One of the recipients was a young man who is a student at Stanford University who deserves the recognition.

Indian-born Vineet Singal last year founded 100KCheeks, an effort to use social media to encourage the registration of 100,000 bone marrow donors. He has already succeeded with that goal. This year he hopes to successfully lead a global effort to register a million people, particularly in India and Indonesia. He's also created a national non-profit organization called Anjna that aims to help better use technology at free clinics.

ICE Arrests 3,100 Criminals Over the Last Week

Restrictionists have portrayed the Obama Administration's prosecutorial discretion policy as an amnesty and an end to serious immigration enforcement. ICE is reminding people, however, that the new policy is about concentrating resources on criminal deportations. And a weeklong operation shows they're doing just that. From ICE's press release regarding the operation:

As part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, the agency announced today the results of a six-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation-which led to the arrest of more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators.

"The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE's ongoing commitment and focus on the arrest and removal of convicted criminal aliens and those that game our nation's immigration system," said ICE Director John Morton. "Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ICE officers and agents in tracking down criminal aliens and fugitives, there are 3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country."

This six-day operation, the largest of its kind, involved the collaboration of more than 1,900 ICE officers and agents from all of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations' (ERO) 24 field offices, assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations as well as coordination with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners throughout the United States. Arrests occurred in all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

ERO officers arrested 2,834 individuals that had prior criminal convictions including at least 1,063 aliens who had multiple criminal convictions. Of those arrested, had felony convictions including murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, terroristic threats, drug trafficking, child abuse, battery on a child, sexual crimes against minors, and aggravated assault. Of the total 2,834 criminal aliens arrested, 50 were gang members and 149 were convicted sex offenders.

About The Author

Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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