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  • US Consulates On Allegations Of Illegal Visa Sales

    The State Department has closed the US consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The reason for the closing is that the Justice Department is investigating allegations that the consulate illegally sold visas to a number of people. It is the sixth busiest US consulate in the world, issuing 117,000 visas last year.

    According to Mexican police, they heard rumors last November that Mexican citizens were being approached by consulate employees with offers to sell visas. They passed the information on to the US government, which is investigating. According to a Mexican news agency, consulate personnel have been ordered not to leave Nuevo Laredo while the investigation continues.

    Officials believe the most of the documents sold were either tourist visas or border crossing cards. The names of those who bought visas are being entered into lookout lists and are being distributed to law enforcement agencies.

    It is expected that the consulate will reopen shortly, but that visa services will remain on hold for some time.

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    The State Department has closed the US consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The reason for the closing is that the Justice Department is investigating allegations that the consulate illegally sold visas to a number of people. It is the sixth busiest US consulate in the world, issuing 117,000 visas last year.

    According to Mexican police, they heard rumors last November that Mexican citizens were being approached by consulate employees with offers to sell visas. They passed the information on to the US government, which is investigating. According to a Mexican news agency, consulate personnel have been ordered not to leave Nuevo Laredo while the investigation continues.

    Officials believe the most of the documents sold were either tourist visas or border crossing cards. The names of those who bought visas are being entered into lookout lists and are being distributed to law enforcement agencies.

    It is expected that the consulate will reopen shortly, but that visa services will remain on hold for some time.

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    • #3
      Many American consulates around the world do this -- the most notorious being the ones in India.

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      • #4
        Add to your shameless list two consulates in Brazil: cities of Recife and Brasília. Oh, boy.

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        • #5
          !

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          • #6
            Up

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            • #7
              Just for kicks...I wonder what is the penalty that these consulate officers or staff are facing. Us immigrant just plainly overstay our Visa gives us between 3-10 year barr. Just for the hell of it, even that we show that we have children and spouse here in U.S., we still need to provide an unusual extreme hardship to them in order for them to suspend a deportation or inadmisability...in this is for a mere petty crime. I really hope that those consulate or staff that are found guilty will be jailed for the term of atleast 3 years. God Bless America

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              • #8
                Tijuana Consulate is a rough criminal!

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                • #9
                  These government employees will, number one, never work for the government again. They'll also have a helluva time finding a private sector job with a destroyed employment record. They will serve time in jail and, once released, face "bans" of all kinds due to the loss of all credibility and the suspicion they've brought to themselves by their own criminal activity. These are the consequences which will follow even after any prison term.

                  Now, these are US citizens -- they're not from a foreign land -- so at least they have a right to be in the USA. You can't say the same for immigrants, especially those who are illegal and do most things illegally from the time they arrive.

                  This is why you can't compare what an immigrant does to what a US citizen does. If an immigrant breaks a US law, his penalty is deportation -- and he can go back home and break his own country's laws if he wants to bypass the rules.

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                  • #10
                    Actually No.

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                    • #11
                      You know the best part? Those charged were not Americans, plain Mexican employees of the consulate.

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                      • #12
                        It always happens.

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                        • #13
                          What?

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                          • #14
                            The illegal visa sales always happen...

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                            • #15
                              Alexander Meerovich, a career Foreign Service officer, pled guilty to one count of visa fraud in U.S. Federal District Court in the District of Columbia today. His plea is the result of an investigation conducted by the Diplomatic Security Service, which received valuable assistance and support from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Prague, the Department of Justice, and the Czech police.

                              Mr. Meerovich was charged and pled guilty to issuing visas illegally while serving as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Prague from August 1999 to July 2002. The investigation into the full extent of his criminal activity is still ongoing.

                              We deeply regret the criminal actions of Mr. Meerovich. We entrusted him with maintaining the integrity of the visa process, a critical component in the protection of U.S. borders, during his assignment to Prague. We will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice to ensure that Mr. Meerovich is appropriately punished for his crimes.

                              Mr. Meerovich faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

                              The State Department has zero tolerance for employees who commit visa fraud. We will continue to investigate all allegations of visa fraud vigorously and seek to prosecute and punish those people engaged in visa fraud to the fullest extent of the law.

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