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ICE Targets Student Visa Fraud With Fake Michigan University

Headline Roundup November 30th, 2019

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has arrested hundreds of foreign-born students after setting up a fake university in Michigan as part of an elaborate visa fraud sting. As first reported by the Detroit Free Press, around 250 individuals, most of them Indian, have been detained and/or deported since January after seeking student visas from the school, dubbed the University of Farmington.

The sting, which was first reported early this year, has been met with harsh criticism from figures on the left, many of whom have tried to link it to President Donald Trump's immigration policy. But right-leaning voices have noted that, in fact, the ICE operation began under the administration of former President Barack Obama, which set up a similarly fictitious university in New Jersey in 2013.

ICE Targets Student Visa Fraud With Fake Michigan University

From the Right
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The fake University of Farmington, set up by the Department of Homeland Security, that resulted in the arrest of 250 foreign students this year and prompted outrage from leftists, was a concept embraced by the Obama administration, which engaged in similar operations.

Leftists experienced a collective freakout this week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of dozens of foreign nationals committing visa fraud by enrolling in the fake university. It was “part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India,...

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From the Left
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It has been 10 months since unsealed federal court documents revealed that U.S. immigration officials created a fake university to lure foreign-born college students who were trying to stay in the country on student visas that might not have been legal.

The University of Farmington, a fictitious school that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement marketed as a hub for STEM students who wanted to enroll and not “interrupt their careers,” had a fake name, a fake website and a fake motto on its fake seal. “Scientia et Labor,” the seal...

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From the Center
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DETROIT – About 90 additional foreign students at a fake university in metro Detroit created by the Department of Homeland Security have been arrested in recent months.

A total of about 250 students have now been arrested since January on immigration violations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India, to attend the school that marketed itself as offering graduate programs in technology and computer studies, according to ICE officials.

Many of those arrested have...

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