Fake University Set Up By US Immigration Agents
The University of Farmington described itself on its website as a school for science and business that dates back to the 1950s. The school, near the city of Detroit, Michigan, said it "combines traditional instruction and distance learning" and offers "flexible class schedules."
But the University of Farmington had no instruction, no classes and no teachers at all. Instead, the Detroit Free Press reports, the school was a fake university meant to "target foreign students who wanted to stay in the U.S." illegally. It was set up by the Department of Homeland Security, a U.S. government agency that oversees immigration.
A federal grand jury in Detroit has charged eight people in connection to the investigation. All eight people worked as student recruiters for the university. Most are from India.
The charges were filed earlier this year and made public Wednesday. The charging documents say recruiters "conspired with each other" to permit over 600 foreign citizens to illegally stay in the country. The recruiters reportedly took in over $250,000 in profits from 2017 to early this year.
The charges say the recruiters knew the university was fake. But what they did not know was that the school was part of a secret operation by agents with Homeland Security.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is part of the Homeland Security department. In a statement Wednesday, ICE said the agents had been carrying out the investigation since 2015.
ICE says the recruiters and the foreign students "knew that the school had no instructors or actual classes." The students who registered at the fake university were part of a student visa program called CPT (Curricular Practical Training). The program permits international students to work in the United States.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement, "We are all aware that international students can be a valuable asset to our country, but as this case shows, the well-intended international student visa program can also be...abused."
Also on Wednesday, federal agents arrested about 100 students who registered for classes at the University of Farmington. Hundreds of others face possible arrest. The students face charges related to immigration violation and could be forced to leave the country, The Detroit News reported.
Many of the students are from an Indian ethnic group that speaks the Telugu language. On its Facebook page, the American Telugu Association said students should understand the risks of possible fake agents who "promise illegal ways to stay in USA through admissions in unaccredited colleges and universities."
The association planned a live video program Thursday to help explain the issues to community members.
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2.secret operation 秘密行动
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3.class schedules 课程表；课程安排
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4.carrying out 实施
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5.The University of Farmington described itself on its website as a school for science and business that dates back to the 1950s.
dates back to 追溯到
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6.The recruiters reportedly took in over $250,000 in profits from 2017 to early this year.
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法明顿大学在官网自称是一所面向科学和商业的学校，且历史可追溯至20世纪50年代 。这所位于密歇根州底特律市附近的学校称，该校“结合了传统教学与远程教学，”并提供“灵活的课程安排 。”
而法明顿大学根本没有教学、课程，甚至教师 。据《底特律自由报》报道，该校是一所虚假大学，主要面向“那些意图非法滞留美国的外国学生”，该校是负责监管移民事务的政府机构——美国国土安全局设立的 。
这些指控是在今年年初提出的，并于周三公布 。指控文件称，这些招生人员“串通”让600名外国公民非法滞留美国 。据报道，从2017年到今年年初，这些招生人员非法牟利超过25万美元 。
美国移民和海关执法局（ICE）隶属于国土安全部 。该局在周三的一份声明中表示，这些特工从2015年开始一直在进行这项调查 。
美国移民和海关执法局表示，招生人员和外国学生“知道这所学校没有教师或实际课程 。”在这所虚假大学注册的学生是学生签证项目“课程实践培训（CPT）”的一部分 。该计划允许留学生在美国工作 。
美国检察官马修·施耐德（Matthew Schneider）在一份声明中表示：“我们都知道，国际学生是我们国家一笔宝贵的财富，但是正如本案所示，精心规划的国际学生签证计划也可能被滥用 。”
同样是在周三，联邦特工逮捕了约100名在法明顿大学注册课程的学生，还有数百人可能面临被捕 。据《底特律新闻》报道，这些学生面临违法移民法的相关指控，有可能会被迫离开美国 。
很多学生来自一个讲泰卢固语的印度少数民族 。美国泰卢固人协会在其脸书官网表示，学生应该了解可能存在的虚假中介的风险，他们“承诺通过未经认证的大学让学生非法滞留美国 。”