Cops shut down immigration scam using staged robberies

 January 8, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Under Joe Biden's policies, illegal aliens have been flooding across America's southern border – literally by the millions.

It's to the point that Texas is charging he's failing to do his constitutional duty to protect the states, and lawmakers there have adopted a law allowing state authorities to arrest individuals who enter the state illegally.

But now the federal government has broken up an immigration scam that focuses on allowing illegals to remain in America.

It's by having them become "victims" of a crime, so they can apply with Homeland Security for a victim visa that shields them from deportation and lets them work in America.

"The fraudsters charged $10,000 per robbery and gave the store owners a heads-up and a cut of the money to use their businesses in the scam," the report explained. "The supposed victims would then report the crimes to the police and file paperwork to be deemed part of the investigation. They would use that paperwork to file applications with Homeland Security…"

Emilio Gonzalez, formerly the chief of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told the Times, "This is a new level of immigration fraud."

The report said so far eight robberies have been linked to the scheme and another 11 are being investigated. Confirmed scam components include a sandwich shop in Kentucky, a smoke shop in Pennsylvania, and three liquor stores in Massachusetts, the report said.

The "schemers" already asked local police to certify them as victims for visa purposes, it said.

The report said Rambhai Patel, 36, and Balwinder Singh, 39, were under arrest on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, and one participant has become a cooperating witness, the FBI reported.

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