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Thread: TO ALL THE IMMIGRANT HATERS

  1. #1
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    'Sham marriage' scheme uncovered
    BY JAY WEAVER
    jweaver@herald.com

    A U.S. immigration agent and a paralegal matchmaker conspired to arrange potentially hundreds of ''sham marriages'' in Miami-Dade County so that the illegal spouses could obtain resident alien cards -- charging them from $5,000 to $10,000 each, federal prosecutors say.

    Jose Luis Cintron, 47, a Miami Immigration and Naturalization Service official, rubber-stamped residency applications in which typically a non-Cuban Hispanic would marry a Cuban national solely for the purpose of gaining legal status, according to an arrest complaint.

    Cintron, who made about $55,000 a year, did not conduct the normally required rigorous interviews.

    Unlike other foreigners, Cubans automatically enjoy legal residency within a year of arriving in this country. Anyone who marries a Cuban would eventually share that same status, making Cintron's alleged criminal enterprise with paralegal Guillermo Rico quite lucrative, federal agents say.

    INS agents recovered $100,000 in cash from Cintron's North Miami home when they arrested him late Friday night; they also seized another $100,000 in cash and checks -- plus a Rolex watch valued at $20,000 -- from Rico's home in North Miami Beach. That home doubled as an office for his business, Justice Paralegal Service.

    ''Usually, when people go in for sham marriages, they will be coached [for questioning] to get them approved,'' John Woods, INS section chief in Miami, said Monday after a court hearing. ``In this case, [Cintron] approved them automatically.''

    Woods said Cintron, who was released on a $150,000 bond Monday, has been involved in at least 500 cases since he began reviewing residency applications in 1999. Before that, he had been an INS inspector at Miami International Airport since 1991.

    Woods said INS agents, who are working on the case with the Department of Justice and Miami-Dade Police Department, said Cintron might have tainted other residency applications beyond those under his direct control.

    ''We're looking at everything he touched,'' Woods said.

    Rico, 50, will have his bond hearing Thursday. Both defendants, who still must be assigned lawyers, are scheduled to be arraigned March 10, when they will enter their pleas.

    Last summer, investigators penetrated the alleged conspiracy by using a confidential Miami-Dade police informant who approached Rico about setting up a sham marriage and obtaining legal residency papers from Cintron.

    Rico laid the groundwork by falsifying such paperwork as utility bills, lease agreements and other shared housing arrangements.

    Thursday evening, the informant met with his ''sham'' spouse and Cintron at Rico's house. According to the court complaint, Cintron completed residency papers for the informant and his spouse. The informant paid $3,000 to Cintron, $3,000 to the spouse and another $4,000 to Rico, the complaint said.

    That same evening, Cintron also took care of paperwork for two other ''cooperating'' sources and their spouses, the complaint said.

    The INS agent also placed official stamps on their passports, showing they were legal residents.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Marvelle McIntyre-Hall said federal agents planned to pore over every residency application approved by Cintron to try to figure out which marriages were bogus and which were legitimate.

    SEE HOW HUNGRY US AMERICANS ARE? THIS IS UN'FREAKING'BELIEVEABLE, YET A 16 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO HAS BEEN HERE FOR 15 YEARS CAN'T GET A DRIVING PERMIT BECAUSE HER APPLICATION FOR GC IS NOT YET APPROVED.

  2. #2
    Guest
    'Sham marriage' scheme uncovered
    BY JAY WEAVER
    jweaver@herald.com

    A U.S. immigration agent and a paralegal matchmaker conspired to arrange potentially hundreds of ''sham marriages'' in Miami-Dade County so that the illegal spouses could obtain resident alien cards -- charging them from $5,000 to $10,000 each, federal prosecutors say.

    Jose Luis Cintron, 47, a Miami Immigration and Naturalization Service official, rubber-stamped residency applications in which typically a non-Cuban Hispanic would marry a Cuban national solely for the purpose of gaining legal status, according to an arrest complaint.

    Cintron, who made about $55,000 a year, did not conduct the normally required rigorous interviews.

    Unlike other foreigners, Cubans automatically enjoy legal residency within a year of arriving in this country. Anyone who marries a Cuban would eventually share that same status, making Cintron's alleged criminal enterprise with paralegal Guillermo Rico quite lucrative, federal agents say.

    INS agents recovered $100,000 in cash from Cintron's North Miami home when they arrested him late Friday night; they also seized another $100,000 in cash and checks -- plus a Rolex watch valued at $20,000 -- from Rico's home in North Miami Beach. That home doubled as an office for his business, Justice Paralegal Service.

    ''Usually, when people go in for sham marriages, they will be coached [for questioning] to get them approved,'' John Woods, INS section chief in Miami, said Monday after a court hearing. ``In this case, [Cintron] approved them automatically.''

    Woods said Cintron, who was released on a $150,000 bond Monday, has been involved in at least 500 cases since he began reviewing residency applications in 1999. Before that, he had been an INS inspector at Miami International Airport since 1991.

    Woods said INS agents, who are working on the case with the Department of Justice and Miami-Dade Police Department, said Cintron might have tainted other residency applications beyond those under his direct control.

    ''We're looking at everything he touched,'' Woods said.

    Rico, 50, will have his bond hearing Thursday. Both defendants, who still must be assigned lawyers, are scheduled to be arraigned March 10, when they will enter their pleas.

    Last summer, investigators penetrated the alleged conspiracy by using a confidential Miami-Dade police informant who approached Rico about setting up a sham marriage and obtaining legal residency papers from Cintron.

    Rico laid the groundwork by falsifying such paperwork as utility bills, lease agreements and other shared housing arrangements.

    Thursday evening, the informant met with his ''sham'' spouse and Cintron at Rico's house. According to the court complaint, Cintron completed residency papers for the informant and his spouse. The informant paid $3,000 to Cintron, $3,000 to the spouse and another $4,000 to Rico, the complaint said.

    That same evening, Cintron also took care of paperwork for two other ''cooperating'' sources and their spouses, the complaint said.

    The INS agent also placed official stamps on their passports, showing they were legal residents.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Marvelle McIntyre-Hall said federal agents planned to pore over every residency application approved by Cintron to try to figure out which marriages were bogus and which were legitimate.

    SEE HOW HUNGRY US AMERICANS ARE? THIS IS UN'FREAKING'BELIEVEABLE, YET A 16 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO HAS BEEN HERE FOR 15 YEARS CAN'T GET A DRIVING PERMIT BECAUSE HER APPLICATION FOR GC IS NOT YET APPROVED.

  3. #3
    Guest
    About the girl and the license - why are all Americans blamed for the choices made by the kid's parents? Should they not have attempted to come legally, or become legal through employment or other avenues during all that time? Aren't they responsible for their choice? They made a conscious decision, stayed for years without trying to correct their status, and now I'm to blame? I see this a lot on this forum, the average American being blamed for the plight of illegals, and anyone who opposes illegal immigration (not immigration, not the immigrant, but ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION) is suddenly a hatemonger and a racist.

  4. #4
    Guest
    who says the 16 year old girl came illegally? it is quite possible that she came legally as an orphan or adopted child, and her paperwork is still not completed.

    don't be so quick to assume anyone born on foreign soil is "an illegal" here.

  5. #5
    Guest
    Thanks for your comment. It's idiots like "who's responsible" makes things so hard.

    You are right, this girl did come her legally. and yes her parents (although now divorced had all the right intentions)tried literally every avenue to get themselves legal - it's a tough road down at the INS, i am told.

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