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Editor's Comments of the Day
The Washington Post reports on a 61-count indictment filed in US District Court in Alexandria alleging 320 false
applications on behalf of 270 people in 1997 and 1998 under the EB-5 employment creation program. According to the
article Interbank Group told clients that they could qualify for the program with just $100,000 to $150,000 in cash.
Interbank then used a complicated series of financial transactions to make it appear that their clients had invested
the minimum $500,000. Virtually all the clients lost their money, according to the indictment, and more than a dozen
have sued Interbank in Washington area federal and state courts, writes the Washington Post. The victims may never
recover their money. We recently carried an article on
EB-5 Immigrant Investors. Anyone reading the article should question how a $150,000 cash investment could satisfy the minimum investment requirement for the visa. Education is the best protection against fraudulent visa schemes.
INS News of the Day
INS Launches Sweeping Crackdown Against Migrant Smugglers
The INS announces the start of Operation Denial, a program that seeks to curb the victimization and violence in alien smuggling
in the greater Phoenix area. The goal of the initiative is to choke smugglers' access to the networks that enable them to
move their human cargo. The networks include airports, major highways and local residences being used as "drop houses" to
hide smuggled migrants.
DOS News of the Day
US Contributes an Additional $42.9 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The Department of State announced that the US has made an additional contribution of $42.9 million to the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which brings the total funding to date in FY 2000 to $214,000,000. The US is the single
largest individual donor to the UNHCR.
Immigration News of the Day
Union Card for Green Card: The Radical Vanguard in the Los Angeles Labor Movement
An article from the Capital Research Center comments that social changes in California may offer a glimpse into the future
of organized labor in America, and discusses the shift in the attitude of union leaders who have now placed the workplace
interests of their colleagues behind the political influence.
Two Accused of Immigration, Investment Fraud
The Washington Post reports that two men were indicted on charges of immigration fraud, money laundering and misusing their
clients' money in a scheme where they promised EB-5 visas to hundreds of would-be immigrants in exchange for cash investments
of $100,000 to $150,000.
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