Recently unsealed court documents claim that the United States Department of Homeland Security allegedly used a fake college in Michigan in an effort to lure immigrants who were living in the country illegally.
In a report from The Detroit News, federal grand jury indictments that were unsealed on Wednesday, January 30, have revealed that while a University of Farmland did physically exist, it had no legitimate curriculum, staff, or employees, and was instead inhabited by undercover Homeland Security agents — posing as “owners and employees” of the university — to identify immigrants who had entered the country illegally.
According to the indictment — which was officially filed on Tuesday, January 19 — the fake college was being utilized by foreign citizens as part of a “pay to stay” scheme.
“The university was being used by foreign citizens as a ‘pay to stay’ scheme which allowed these individuals to stay in the United States as a result of foreign citizens falsely asserting that they were enrolled as full-time students in an approved educational program and that they were making normal progress toward completion of the course of study,” the indictment states.
In total, eight people between the ages of 26 and 35 have been charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud for their role in assisting “at least 600 people stay in the country illegally.” Additionally, the indictment states that the fake university received “over a quarter of a million dollars” from prospective students.
The university even had a website, which has since been shut down by the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to the website, the University of Farmland had an official red-and-blue coat of arms, a Latin slogan meaning “knowledge and work” and a physical location at a commercial building on Northwestern Highway in Farmland, Michigan.
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