Monday, January 24, 2011

Still Behind The Eightball

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently raided a fraudulent post-secondary educational institution, Tri-Valley University, and the U.S. Attorney's Office issued an indictment of the owner of the University, Susan Su. TVU issued Form I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students, that enable's an alien to apply for and receive a student visa. In 2010 TVU students received over 900 visas.
PLEASANTON -- A Pleasanton university that catered to mostly online students is being called a sham by federal prosecutors who say the university was a front to illegally provide immigration status to foreign nationals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday were at the Tri-Valley University campus on Boulder Court in Pleasanton and executed search warrants at three other properties owned by school founder Susan Su, including one in the gated Ruby Hill community.

The complaint, filed by the U.S. District Attorney's Office [sic It is the United States Attorney's Office. ed.] on Wednesday, claims Su was part of an elaborate scheme to defraud, using false statements and misrepresentations to the Department of Homeland Security.

"Since its inception ... Tri-Valley University has been a sham university, which Su, and others, have used to facilitate foreign nationals in illegally acquiring student immigration status that authorizes them to remain in the United States," the complaint reads.

According to the complaint, Su and Tri-Valley University have made millions of dollars in tuition fees for issuing the visa-related documents, enabling foreign nationals to obtain illegal student immigration status.

Calls to Tri-Valley University were not returned.

ICE began its investigation in May 2010. The institution received is approval to issue visas in February 2009 and had the approval for about 30 students. In May 2009 the school had 11 active students that had received F-1 visas, and 939 by May 2010.

According to the complaint, more than 95 percent of students were from India. For more than half of them, the university reported their address was a single apartment in Sunnyvale. The apartment manager told ICE agents that four university students lived there from June 2007 to August 2009 and none since.

Investigators believe TVU reported that most of its students live at the apartment to conceal they don't live in the state.

For a student to maintain the immigration status, they must show proof they are making reasonable process toward completing coursework and physically attend classes.

One of the school's professors, who did not want his name used, said Thursday he was shocked by the investigation. He said he taught online courses out of his home since 2009 and he said his experience with the university has been positive.

"I teach high quality courses and my students are good students and that's all I can tell you," he said.

He said classes were supposed to restart Jan. 10 after winter break, but there was a delay. He said he got an email from Su on Thursday that said classes would begin soon.
After 9/11 it was discovered that most of the "Magnificent 19", as Muslims call them, were in the U.S. on student visas and Mohammed Atta and another hijacker had their student visas extensions approved after 9/11. The legacy INS promised to clean up the student visa mess and claimed they would physically inspect every school authorized to issue Form I-20s. The successor Department of Homeland Security also claimed that such fraud was its top priority and would only approve real institutions.
However it appears that promise was a lie. TVU was able to operate without a physical location and no instructors. Everything about TVU was a fraud, but neither ICE or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services inspected TVU before they authorized it to issue I-20s. Due to ICE's and USCIS' oversights, there are now hundreds of illegal aliens in the U.S. And we don't know if one or more of them are another "Magnificent 19."
Of course, ICE is claiming a major success, but they appear to have arrested no one, only executed search warrants. No illegal aliens have been arrested, much like the paper raids that ICE is performing on those who hire illegal aliens. Raids that result in no arrests and allow the illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. indefinately.
Also of interest is that the perpetrator of this fraud is also an immigrant, as Susan Su is really Susan Xiao-Ping Su. Clearly an unassimilated immigrant. Like Lang Lang, we know where her loyalties are.


Venkatesan said...

Well done ICE! I wish I could help the ICE clean up the F1 mess.

Federale said...


Venkatesan said...

What's wrong with what I said?
F1s are the most abused visa status.
One day America will kick out aliens.
American citizens are now becoming well qualified for tech jobs. More and more students are enrolling for higher studies and if this trend sustains, in about 50-100 yrs it will
reduce foreign student visas.

Federale said...

The point being ICE did not do a good job.

Jack Reylan said...

Professulas love foreign students because they are servile and do not make the professulas work for their paycheck. The professullas don’t care about students, they only care about their grant grubbing parasitism at taxpayer expense. They want all their students to be commy nutty ochronosers like Obama, not get real jobs. So many foreign born professullas fled to the USA because we are better but then they have the audacity to insist we become like the places they fled.

UPI June 6, 1992 Sovern took over at Columbia after student protests of 1968 and New York's fiscal problems in the '70s resulted in less financial support for the school, a situation made more dire by recent federal government budget cuts. . . But Columbia will be looking for a new president in a period troubled by criticism for destroying records that were being reviewed for improprieties. Universities in general have been under greater scrutiny for how they charge the government for federally sponsored research.

Surely Joking Feynamn p 215 "If I ask you a question during the lecture, afterwards everybody will be telling me, 'What are you wasting our time for in the class? We're trying to learn something. And you're stopping him by asking a question'."

The Independent October 2, 2010 New charges for 'Dean of Mean' over slave students David Usborne Pg. 32 WHEN STUDENTS at St John's University in New York received a work assignment from Dean Cecilia Chang, the chances were it had less to do with learning than with preparing her lunch - or shovelling snow... specifically targeted students with scholarships, many from overseas, saying they would lose them if they didn't fulfil the household chores she ordered.

Melbourne Age July 15, 2009 Foreign students 'slave trade'; Colleges exploit quest for residency Nick O'Malley, Heath Gilmore and Erik Jensen Pg. 6 THOUSANDS of overseas students are being made to work for nothing - or even pay to work - by businesses exploiting loopholes in immigration and education laws in what experts describe as a system of economic slavery. The vast pool of unpaid labour was created in 2005 when vocational students were required to do 900 hours work experience. There was no requirement that they be paid.

Washington Post March 31, 2006 Most See Visa Program as Severely Flawed Mitra Kalita D01 In a working paper released this week, Harvard University economist George J. Borjas studied the wages of foreigners and native-born Americans with doctorates, concluding that the foreigners lowered the wages of competing workers by 3 to 4 percent. He said he suspected that his conclusion also measured the effects of H-1B visas. "If there is a demand for engineers and no foreigners to take those jobs, salaries would shoot through the roof and make that very attractive for Americans," Borjas said. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA says H-1B salaries are lower. "Those who are here on H-1B visas are being worked as indentured servants. They are being paid $13,000 less in the engineering and science worlds," said Ralph W. Wyndrum Jr., president of the advocacy group for technical professionals, which favors green-card-based immigration, but only for exceptional candidates.

San Jose Mercury News June 26, 2006 Monday Tech visas come with obligation for valley leaders Mike Langberg Pg. 1 Norman S. Matloff, a professor of computer science at UC-Davis and a longtime H-1B critic, counters that claims of low unemployment among engineers don't count underemployment... A former software engineer now working as a teacher or a real estate agent doesn't count in the statistics... employers unwilling to hire older engineers, even if they've retrained themselves... The AFL-CIO, in a February position paper, argued that H-1Bs and other loopholes allow employers ``to turn permanent jobs into temporary jobs.