Are You A Victim of A Green Card Marriage Scam?
like http://www.romancescams.org and http://fraudaid.com/index.htm are instrumental in focusing on romance scams where the victims lose large sums of money. While most of the help that is
offered victims is emotional support, they do warn potential victims of the pitfalls of engaging in get-rich-quick scams over
the internet. Additionally, many sites direct the victims to legal advocates who can advise them on their rights and what
to do to report the scammers and mitigate financial loss if possible.
Conversely, a large percentage of these websites do not focus on the victimization of individuals who are tricked into green-card-scam
marriages. Unlike internet romance scams and other financial scams where the scammer's goal is to obtain money, green-card-card-marriage
scam victims are largely ignored, even if the victims are women who have children with the scammers. Why is that?
no specific reason will be established at this point for the lack of legal assistance to victims of green-card-marriage victims,
there are points that correlate in many of the cases:
The victim can only make criminal allegations based
on proof; even then, “victims of marriage fraud
are often confronted with congressional members, immigration investigators, advocacy groups and immigration attorneys that
fail to help them” (Elena Maria Lopez, Journalist).
the USAToday website, freelance journalist Elena Maria Lopez, herself a
green-card-marriage victims makes a number of interesting points regarding green card marriage scams(http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-04-09-marriage-fraud_x.htm). In the article she explains the inherent dangers that green-card-marriage scams poses to U.S. Department
of Homeland Security efforts. Ms. Lopez has first-hand knowledge based on experience and research regarding the
lack of governmental assistance given to green-card-marriage scam victims, the loopholes and outright legal violations
that allows green-card-marriage scammers to circumvent immigration laws that prohibit green card marriages and the U.S.
government's current and past lack own lack of concern that helped terrorists use green card marriages to gain legal entry
into the United States to bomb the World Trade Center.
Janice Kephart, former counsel for the General Accounting Office's 9/11 Commission, "...between 20 to 30 percent of all immigration applications are
suspected of fraud, warned the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress ... senior immigration officials admitted those numbers
could actually be 50 to 75 percent, according to the former counsel for the 9/11 Commission."
Those number could actually be 50 to 75 percent...a disproportionately high percentage when one considers the thousands of
individuals who apply for permanent residence through marriage each year. In the case of American women with whom the green-card-marriage
scammers have had children, the amount of money that the American public has to fork over in taxes to support these children
must be astronomical. And, of course, there is no way to quantify the emotional pain and degradation that the victims of these
scams experience both from the scammer and his/her associates and from governmental authorities who have all but ignored the
What can the victims of these scam marriages and concerned
citizens do to forcibly awaken the United States government from what appears to be a immigration-attorney-induced stupor?
Here are a few suggestions:
the immigration attorneys of the green card scammer if known. Green card scammers greatest weapons are their attorneys. If
immigration attorneys realized that they would face public outcry and loss of public goodwill resulting from their continued
representation of green card scammers, they would be less likely to assist them in breaking the law;
Write to you
senator, congressperson, councilperson and any other legislative personnel to remind them that lax immigration policies are
a contributing factor in the increase of terrorism and the increase of births to green-card-marriage scammers who have abandoned
their children along with the victims of their scams;
Contact grassroots organizations that demand immigration reform. Such organization include
Numbers USA, Federation for American Immigration Reform and Voice of America Immigration Fraud Victims. These organizations are in the forefront of the immigration reform issue.
Voice of America Immigration Fraud Victims is especially helpful because it focuses on an aspect of green-card-marriage fraud that is debilitating
to the reputations of the scammers' victims -- when the scammers secretly accuses U.S. sponsors of acts of violence, accusations
that sponsors do not know exist and are therefore unable to defend themselves against such accusations.
We victims need the public's help to remind the U.S. government that
its first loyalty should be to the United States law-abiding public -- not to attorneys whose religious customs subscribe
to using subterfuges to deceive innocent U.S. citizens while helping law-breaking foreign clients violate U.S. law,
nor to foreigners whose disrespect and disobedience of U.S. law should land them, not in the United States, but in a government-issued
bracelet and a one-way plane ticket back to their country, never to return.
Please show your concern by signing the guest book and making a positive comment about our cause, especially if you have been
victimized. We want to do more than comfort you. We want to empower you too.
Marriage of Elena Maria Lopez to Dutch citizen. Dutch citizen later told her that he married her to
obtain a green card. He threatened and attacked her to prevent her from contacting immigration authorities.
Elena Maria Lopez hold a Bachelor's Degree worked for several years as a financial writer and trainer. As a
journalist, she's covered business and political topics ranging from immigration and homeland security to demographics
and law. Her publication credits include USA Today, Business Week and The (Newark) Star-Ledger.