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Ethics and immigration - when the line is crossed

A three year investigation on the East Coast into immigration fraud was brought to its end recently with the arrest of more than 20 individuals. These individuals were caught in a complex scheme of creating elaborate stories and training to immigrants from China in how to seek asylum in order to stay in the United States. Six lawyers were among those who were charged.

The collaborators in this complex conspiracy aimed at deceiving immigration officials created stories of political, social, and religious persecution for the clients according to officials. It was not just lawyers assisting in the embellishment of the immigrants stories either. Among others, some church officials were in on the scheme and supplying basic faith tenets for asylum seekers to use in their stories in exchange for donations.

One professor of Asian-American studies said that he believes that most of the Chinese asylum cases in the area were fraudulent in some capacity and that these situations happen all of the time. If the statements of a widespread fraud from a certain immigrant group are correct, this could cause complications and skepticism for others who actually are in dire need of U.S. asylum.

If you indeed due have a compelling case for asylum, please contact an immigration law firm that is practiced in assisting immigrants in both an ethical and moral manner. An immigration attorney will be able to help you through the immigration and asylum process. They will guide and direct you and help you deal with immigration officials and courts as needed. Your status is their concern.

Source: The New York Times, "Law Firms Are Accused of Aiding Chinese Immigrants' False Asylum Claims," Joseph Goldstein and Kirk Semple, Dec. 18, 2012

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