The U.S. Government creates a fake university to expose International student visa fraud
40 civil rights groups are calling for a federal investigation into the DHS, stating that the government violated the rights of the students in sting operation.
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In 2015, the U.S. government created the University of Farmington, to target international students who were willing to commit visa fraud. To the government, these were criminals not students trying to improve their lives by seeking an education in America.
In 2019, it was revealed to the public the University was a sting operation deliberately set up by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began terminating students’ immigration status, claiming these students were criminals who knowingly participated in visa fraud.
According to Inside Higher ED “now 40 civil rights groups are calling for a federal investigation into the DHS, stating that the government violated the rights of the students who they say were tricked into the sting operation.”
The statement from South Asian Groups and Allies states “all of the students who were targeted by ICE were of Indian descent, aside from one student from Palestine. We find this action by ICE to be targeting students for their national origin.”
Many of these students had their visas revoked, were detained or arrested along with “eight former recruiters for Farmington were charged with participating in a conspiracy to help foreign nationals remain in the U.S illegally,” reports Inside Higher ED.
Although Farmington did not hold classes or have staff or instructors, students paid $6 million in tuition and fees to the fake college.
The letter alleges the students’ had no knowledge the university they enrolled was fake. The letter further explains how the federal government violated the constitutional rights of the students by terminating their visas and detaining them without proper hearing or notice.
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