01/21/2013 09:43:13 AM EST
"He Didn't Know the Lyrics to 'Chan Chan,' So I Knew He Wasn't Cuban"
"It sounded like a good deal: Get a Cuban birth certificate and stay in the United States, worry-free. But federal authorities say the birth certificates weren't legitimate, and the undocumented immigrants trying to get them weren't Cuban. Now a federal judge in Florida has sentenced several people for conspiring to commit immigration fraud. The defendants, authorities say, made more than half a million dollars selling forged Cuban birth certificates to undocumented immigrants and helping them fill out fraudulent U.S. immigration forms. Their aim, investigators said, was to exploit a U.S. law that allows Cuban immigrants to apply for permanent residence if they've been in the United States for more than a year." - CNN, Jan. 18, 2013.