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Expert: Be Wary of Immigration Guarantees

January 24, 2024 (1 min read)

Claire Fahy, New York Times, Jan. 22, 2024

"A Bronx lawyer and his son were arrested on Monday and charged with orchestrating a seven-year immigration scheme that defrauded hundreds of immigrants and caused some of them to be deported, federal prosecutors said. The lawyer, Kofi Amankwaa, 69, and his son, Kofi Amankwaa Jr., 37, advised clients seeking green cards to sign petitions under the Violence Against Women Act, which enables undocumented immigrants who are victims of abuse to gain lawful permanent residence in the United States, prosecutors said. ... Stephen Yale-Loehra professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School, said he had never heard of someone using the Violence Against Women Act to conduct immigration fraud. But such fraud can be hard to root out, he added, because victims often don’t recognize it or decide not to report it. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” he said. “If someone says ‘I can guarantee you a green card if you just sign here,’ that’s a sure sign that something is funny.” "