Denaturalization Sought Against Four Somalia-born Individuals Who Falsely Claimed to be a Family
and Were Admitted to the United States on Diversity Immigrant Visas
November 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that the United States filed civil complaints in the District of Minnesota against four individuals who allegedly fraudulently obtained their naturalized U.S. citizenship. The complaints allege that the individuals—a purported husband, wife, and two sons—unlawfully, knowingly, and fraudulently represented to immigration officials that they were a family to gain admission to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Each individual, the complaints allege, ultimately naturalized due to his or her fraudulent representations.
For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded with their government for a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest—a system that has as its foremost priorities their safety, their jobs, and their well-being,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “The current immigration system is easily abused by fraudsters and nefarious actors, and that’s certainly true of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. If the fraud is not detected and swift enforcement actions are not taken, chain migration only multiplies the consequences of this abuse. Unfortunately, there are many instances of fraud across our immigration system. The American people deserve a better system that works for them, and the Department of Justice will continue its efforts to deliver one to them.”
The four cases, United States v. Fosia Abdi Adan; United States v. Ahmed Mohamed Warsame; United States v. Mustaf Abdi Adan; and United States v. Faysal Jama Mire were referred to the Department of Justice by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with investigative support from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate.
“I previously taught civics classes, and saw firsthand how hard people work to come to the United States legally and honestly,” Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said. “They were so proud of their accomplishments. It is out of respect for those people that we cannot tolerate fraud, deception, and abuse of our legal immigration system. Fraudulently obtained citizenship is an affront to our American values, the rule of law, and all those who honestly attained their immigration status.”
“Fraudulently obtained citizenship is an affront to our American values, the rule of law, and all those who honestly attained their immigration status.”
“We are pleased at the outcome of the Justice Department’s investigation,” Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch said. “The Department of State values the partnership with the Justice Department in our efforts to vigorously prevent and jointly combat U.S. passport and visa fraud. Deterring, detecting, and investigating U.S. passport and U.S. visa fraud are essential to protecting the integrity of consular processes and safeguarding our national security.”
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the citizenship of a naturalized U.S. citizen may be revoked, and his or her certificate of naturalization canceled, if such naturalization was illegally procured or procured by concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation.
According to Breitbart, the refugee program has imported tens of thousands of Somalis into Minnesota and other states. The population of roughly 90,000 resident Somalis has sent tens of young men back to Somalia to fight for Islamic militia groups Several Somalis have also been convicted of terror charges or have committed terror attacks while living in the United States. Breitbart News also reported:
Somali refugee Dahir Adan attacked nine Americans with a knife at a mall in St. Cloud, Minn. before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him on Sept. 17, 2016.
Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan attacked 11 Americans with a knife and then a car on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus before a campus police officer shot and killed him on Nov. 28, 2016.
Late in President George W. Bush’s administration, officials began using genetic tests to verify family-relationship claims by Somalis seeking to bring supposed relatives into the United States.
The fraud levels in a Somali-used family unification program was so high that officials suspected the program, according to a 2010 report by the Center for Immigration Studies. It reported:
Most of the “family reunification” provisions in the U.S. refugee program have been suspended for the past 2 years. The Priority 3 (P-3) resettlement category was closed for refugees since summer 2008 when U.S. officials found that most refugees from Africa using the P-3 program were not related at all. The fraud rate among Somali refugees was reported to be as high as 90 percent.
See also Refugee Resettlement Watch article from February 2017 as well.
What took them so long to be discovered? Why did these arrests only happen since Trump took office? The first thought would be Obama but these people arrived six years before he became President.
After reading the information in the Breitbart article. I wonder how many more arrived thanks to the “lottery” system and brought people over by falsifying records. It honestly strikes me at this point that NO ONE has any idea of the actual head count or whereabouts of any refugees or illegal immigrants except if they have shown up in arrest records. Nor do they have any idea how many are here totally under false identities or what they did back in their home countries before they came here.
If all the Diversity records were stringently reviewed possibly using a data search program to cut down on costs or if naturalization status on certain countries were checked, would we discover even more like these above? Or would there be other grounds like arrest for criminal indictments or convictions found that would disqualify these people?
Sayfullo Saipov, the Uber driver that killed people in New York City on October 31, entered the US originally on a Diversity Visa in 2010. He was listed as the “primary point of contact” for nearly two dozen immigrants according to Daily Wire. The way it was stated though, this may not mean the same as fraudulently claiming they were related.
Time to do away with this program. Not so much because refugees appear desperate enough to lie in order to come here; but, because like most programs the government meddles in, it seems there is always a point at which government simply loses control.