CIS — In an unusual and commendable move, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established a phony visa mill, created a network of recruiters for it, and then arrested 21 of the conspirators yesterday.
ICE established the totally imaginary University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), which was described to recruiters of foreign students as having no classes, and then watched as these recruiters (for a fee) enrolled “students” in the scheme. Since the whole enterprise was known as a fraud to everyone concerned — recruiters, brokers, “students”, and some employers of the “students” — all were clearly participating in illegal activity.
The “university” was located at 25 Commerce Drive, in Cranford, N.J.; the “campus” is about 100 yards east of the Garden State Parkway.
The 21 were identified in an ICE press release as “amongst the system’s most egregious violators”.
The 21 alleged conspirators, who had a mix of Chinese and Indian names, were located in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. The last two on the list were the only two of the set to be charged with H-1B Visa Fraud — details on that aspect of the case were not self-evident in the press release.