FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — A series of recent disturbing news reports have focused on an alleged illegal alien, Artur Samarin, a citizen of the Ukraine who reportedly entered the United States with a non-immigrant visa. He apparently decided that rather than return to his native country, as required under the terms of his lawful admission into the United States, he would create a fictitious identity in the name of Asher Potts and then enroll in a high school in Harrisburg, PA in the fall of 2012 where he subsequently studied for four years.
His assumed identity also included a false date of birth that made him appear to be years younger than he actually is.
Let me begin by saying that I personally know nothing about Artur Samarin. The only information I have to go by is the information that has been provided in news accounts. When I was a federal agent I found that sometimes news reports about investigations I was involved in were as likely to be accurate as they were likely to be inaccurate.
That said, the reports about Samarin’s case are important to consider because, as you will see, they involve a case that points out failures of the immigration system that have been the norm rather than the exception and these failures may have significant national security and public safety implications.