ICE Set Up Fake University Then Used It To Arrest 250 People In Sting

A fake university set up by ICE lures foreign students who want to stay in the country

Farmington Hills, MI – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested 250 foreign students who enrolled at a fake university set up by federal agents as a sting operation.

The foreign students enrolled in The University of Farmington in a “pay-to-play” scheme in an attempt to remain in the country under a student visa, according to CBS.

The fake college was created by ICE officials in an attempt to lure foreign-born students who knew that they wouldn't actually be attending the fake university.

Agents created an elaborate front for the imaginary school, registering a .edu website with lots of pictures of happy students attending classes, and a promise of a curriculum that was flexible for work schedules, the Detroit News reported.

That website has since been shut down and has a notice on it that it was closed by immigration.

University of Farmington, which was launched in 2015 under the Obama administration, also had active social media profiles and was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the same legitimate organization that worked with DHS on the New Jersey sting in 2016, the Detroit News reported.

Most of the students were from India and had arrived legally in the country on legitimate visas, according to CBS.

The university was staffed by federal agents who posed as university officials and it was shut down in January, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Public records showed that federal immigration enforcement officials followed the exact same playbook that they used in New Jersey in 2016 when they arrested 21 students enrolled in the imaginary University of Northern New Jersey, the Detroit News reported.

The eight recruiters "collectively received $250,000 in cash and kickbacks to find students to attend the university."

Then they helped those students obtain fake documents from the university that would make it easier for them to get student visas, such as student records and transcripts, according to the Detroit News.

The problem was that none of the students were actually attending or participating online in any classes because, beyond its targeted recruiting, the University of Farmington did not exist.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Helms defended the creation of the phony university, which advertised it was offering graduate programs in technology and computer studies, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Their true intent could not be clearer," Helms wrote in a memo, according to the Detroit Free Press. "While 'enrolled' at the University, one hundred percent of the foreign citizen students never spent a single second in a classroom. If it were truly about obtaining an education, the University would not have been able to attract anyone, because it had no teachers, classes, or educational services."

An ICE spokesperson told CBS that the fake university serves as a deterrent because it is a reminder to foreign students they must follow the law while studying in the U.S.

The Detroit Free Press reported that many of the students arrested have been deported to India but others were fighting their removals.

One of the students arrested was allowed to stay in the U.S. when an immigration judge granted lawful permanent resident status, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Horrified Democrat politicians took to twitter to express their outrage.

"It's creative, and it's not entrapment," former federal prosecutor Peter Henning told the Detroit News. "The government can put out the bait, but it's up to the defendants to fall for it."

Comments (28)
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2jazzyj
2jazzyj

''I love it when a plan comes together.'' Col. John ''Hannibal'' Smith

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The original website, archived here, looks legitimate and not entrapping at all.

The Admissions page is interesting. It's all about being legally in the US...

tinyurl.com/tkmxv6a

OH-COP-37
OH-COP-37

Nice!!

DNW
DNW

It could be disputed that they were 'dreaming about high-quality, higher education' since not one of them attended a single class, lol. ICE should be applauded for going through all that trouble to fulfill the need of fake students for a fake university!

sturnman22
sturnman22

Also used during obummer's administration w/o any problems or disgust! Why different now????

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

If the liberals are outraged, then it HAS to be legit! I just got an idea. If they are spending so much on gimmicks like that, how about offering a reward to anyone who tips ICE to an illegal who is caught and deported? If they pay 1000.00 per illegal gun turned in, that should be chump change. Then I had a tongue in cheek idea... Turn in 5 illegals and you get a green card!

tkshields
tkshields

well done and a special thanks to Obama administration for instituting this idea

Lochemet
Lochemet

And the fact that Elizabeth Warren is responding how she did definitely shows where she is at. Dumb and liberal. Can you imagine what would happen to America if any one of these leftist, liberal, socialist so-called candidates ever got to be President?? America would start its spiral to her demise.

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

This happened, as stated, under Obama's term in 2015. Unfortunately man chose to blame President Trump for the ordeal. In, fact President Trump has been blamed for many things that the Obama administration did. Before jumping and placing blame, they should check their facts first.

MV1972
MV1972

Outstanding !!! Genius!!

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

What do these liberal a$$holes think if Americans came in illegally or legally to another country and when we tried to stay, what do they think will happen to us? Idiots. We cannot allow illegal aliens or foreigners staying beyond their time to just stay here and then collect welfare. They have to be deported. Everyone of these liberal idiots should be arrested and tried for treason.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Does anybody really care about what "horrified democrats" have to say???😝☹👎

michelle1964
michelle1964

BS Warren if they wanted an education they would have tried to go to classes. They KNEW it was a fake school. They just wanted a short cut to a visa. Good for ICE

Wish505
Wish505

Love it, nice sting.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

It figures all the same bleeding heart liberals had a problem with this, I personally don’t. If you’re not settling out to break the law from the beginning, then why worry? It just shows they want the American dream for nothing and that our legislators are more than happy to give it away.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Whoever’s presidency it was under was great. If they r illegal, get them out!

Kevcali
Kevcali

That's all good to give them the boot, but whose pocket got lined with their money?

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Now that is very clever, well done.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I didn’t need to read the article because AOC the stupid, Pocahontas, and Alyssa Milano (child actress from hollyweird) are against it therefore, I’m for it.

Actually, I did read it.

It’s no longer party lines, it’s victim versus oppressor.