Utah law firm indicted in case of visa fraud

Salt Lake immigration attorney faces federal charges for allegedly faking work passes


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  • Compassionate Republican
    July 30, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    It's not just the liberals who are compassionate. How many of you who complain about immigration have been to the slums of Mexico or any other country? And why do you focus just on Mexico? When was the last time you saw a story cracking down on illegal Canadians? I don't support illegal behavior, but when the laws are broken (as they are here) they must be fixed. To simply villify all Mexicans is bigotry at its finest. As a Republican, I am appalled that many fellow Republicans have no problem condemning Mexicans, but would be shocked to think that their own Irish, Chinese, Slovakian (insert any other origin here) ancestors may have arrived illegally too. It is no different that the environmentalist who spends time at his cabin in the woods complaining about others wanting to destroy "his" environment by wanting a cabin also. Let's find a way to allow people to come into our country legitimately, not simply complain about those who are here as a result of a broken system. That said, lawyers who perpetrate fraud should be charged!

  • jbishop
    July 30, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    There is clearly a loophole that is being exploited. While this may discourage other "immigration advocates" from committing this kind of fraud which I suspect is far more wide spread, reforms should be designed to prevent this kind of fraud from being possible. E-verify should apply to ALL employers. As it was during the Great Depression when there was a strong Mexican Repatriation movement, unemployment is again very high and legal residents desperately require and should be entitled to the vast number of both unskilled and blue-color jobs that they need and which in many cases have been taken from them by individuals who are not even legally entitled to be working in this country. The very fact that an illegal immigrant is working here illegally and necessarily submitting fraudulent documents to do so should constitute about 5 or 6 felony level crimes because of all the laws they are breaking and it's not like we don't know where to find them if we merely enforced existing laws. I am a liberal and will not be cowed by liars screaming "prejudice" because it's not... and I wan't a hotline to call that works.

  • CleartheBall
    July 29, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    Don't vilify all of the businesses. Finding good help was very difficult not long ago and businesses were forced to look south for employees. Once you find someone you like, you, naturally, want to keep them coming back. There are many, many businesses out there who are hiring illegals. Businesses working with this law firm were trying to doing things legally. The businesses paid large sums of money for legal assistance. This compensation and trust were, obviously, misplaced. The bad guys here were the attorneys who were misleading their clients, not the businesses.

  • Wilkey
    July 29, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    *** Here in AZ the joke is "build a 20 foot wall and we'll build a 21 foot ladder" The US will never stop people from crossing the border. Never! ***

    It's funny that so many liberals who think the government is entirely competent to do ANYTHING and everything - national health care, anyone? - suddenly decide that the government is not competent enough to bother with securing the border.

    Heck, even most conservatives believe the government is competent enough to collect taxes, educate our children, arrest burglars, and so much more. "Not able to secure the border" is not an excuse - it's a lie.

  • RE:Neil
    July 29, 2009 1:47 p.m.

    Mexico has the 15th largest economy in the world. There are 4.5 trillion people in this world that are living under worse conditions.

    People coming here illegally take the place of those who truly need it, and are willing to obey our laws to come here.

    E-Verify now. America's greedy businessmen cannot be left to do the right thing without regulation.

  • Sterling
    July 29, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    The arguments to justify illegal invaders are frivolous at best and treasonous at worst! Notice how the EXACT SAME kinds of arguments can be used to bring in BOATLOADS of Indonesians, Koreans, Chinese, etc. Yes, there's poverty in the world but the U.S. can't solve EVERYONE'S problems. The U.S. can and does have a great capacity to help the worlds populations, but it must be CONTROLLED, otherwise our own economy will suffer.
    What citizens should be concerned about is an apparentally totally inept federal govt. that is tasked with regulating the immigrants!

    RE: Anon @12:11
    I could relate the same kinds of stories for hours! As near as I can tell the Feds pretty much do what they want when they want and try to do as little as possible in regulating illegal immigration! BUT: they do like to have their press conferences!

  • To Neil
    July 29, 2009 12:34 p.m.

    It isn't just about the cheap labor landscapers and motels owners and the like, but construction companies that use illegal aliens as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, drywallers and so on. These illegal aliens take the jobs of honest construction workers as well as unskilled legal workers.

    Illegal immigration has destroyed the job market for students. Why should employers hire students, when they can hire illegal aliens and not have to worry about child labor laws and the students' schedules. Then there is the problem training students which is probably even more difficult. Unskilled students could also handle the unskilled motel and restaurant jobs. How do you think this work was done BEFORE we had illegal aliens.

    Also, your sympathy for Mexicans is misplaced. Perhaps you could find a little sympathy for the millions of unskilled Americans living in poverty.

  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 12:11 p.m.

    This attorney is not just guilty of fraudulent work visas, he is also guilty of helping illegals get green cards by telling them to get married to US citizens for money. His advise to my former "wife" was to make the marriage look real and the INS is to stupid and don't have the manpower to investigate, as long as it looks real. She got her green card here in UT, her husband from South Africa got his with his "paid" spouse, and their children repeated the process over and over. ALL got green cards, while they were told to make the marriage look real.I know them and they never lived with their paid US spouses, after they got their green cards, they divorced their US spounses and remarried each other! I have reported this more than 30 times, said I would testify that I know this is all a fraud, and nobody even returned a call. Thus, the door is open for every scam artist to committ fraud, because nobody listens!! I am sending everything to the ICE today again and to the special agent in charge. Lets see

  • Its all about poverty
    July 29, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    Yes, let's tear down all the fences, and allow anyone who is in poverty to enter the United States to have a better life. That is the answer that will solve all the worlds problems, and it will destroy our evil American culture that brought us things like freedom, a high standard of living and achievements like sending men to the moon.

  • To Adding to Neil
    July 29, 2009 11:30 a.m.

    Drug smuggling has been going on for a hundred years, too. And bank robbery. And kidnapping. And rape and murder.

    So, since these crimes have gone on for awhile, we should embrace them?

    Yeah, it's time for new ideas, alright, not those like yours that have encouraged illegal immigration for the past 100 years.

    We can no longer afford it.

  • good workers
    July 29, 2009 10:57 a.m.

    I have spent many years working in many different kitchens in the food Industries and I have too say that the mexican people are much better workers than any of the lazy white people I ve worked with!!!they take there jobs and act as tho it wont be there tomarrow!!!!

  • Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    If he was telling the illegals to go back to Mexico, then he was doing the RIGHT THING! What is the problem?

  • Adding to Neil
    July 29, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    Here in AZ the joke is "build a 20 foot wall and we'll build a 21 foot ladder"
    The US will never stop people from crossing the border.
    So let's come up with legal avenues for tracking and documenting those coming into the US.
    Most of the people I talk to would happily be documented to let the feds know where they are and what they're doing.
    But to think that we are going to stop this emotional issue by building fences and sending more troops is wholly unrealistic, and extremely expensive.
    It's been going on for a hundred years.
    Time for new ideas, not endless complaints and critisism.

  • Neil
    July 29, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    Everyone complains about illegals taking jobs from Americans. What jobs, dishwashers, cleaning motel rooms, mostly unskilled manual labor. Why am I the only person who sees this as an economic issue. Mexico is an impoverished country with no economy to support their citizens. How are harsh laws and fences going to solve this problem? Why is anyone surprised that they come here illegaly. Desperate people take desperate measures. This issue is about poverty, nothing else.

  • To Texas Ute
    July 29, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    Yeah -- this law firm is part of that 90% that give the rest of us a bad name!

  • To: James M.
    July 29, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    Your post was kind of scary. I'm hoping you don't live anywhere near me. I don't want people driving by me enough to notice how I'm feeling on a regular basis. Kind of creepy!

  • Compassion is dead?
    July 29, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    I'll never understand how liberals equate compassion with lawlessness.

    It is not compassionate to assist someone to break the law. It is not compassionate to encourage people and families to come to the US illegally, placing them at risk of displacement, deportation, and prison terms. And it's not compassion that appears to have gotten this law firm into trouble.

    It's greed. Pure and simple.

    Liberals need gardners and babysitters and drywallers and roofers. So they try to justify their hiring of illegals by calling it compassion.

    It's not. It's greed.

    It hurts illegals. It hurts Americans deprived of opportunity because of illegal labor. And, most of all, it hurts the Nation to have so many liberals wink at the law of the land, all the while patting themselves on the back for being "compassionate."

  • Robert Y. Valentine, PhD
    July 29, 2009 7:58 a.m.

    If President Obama replaces Republican-appointed Brett Tolman as U.S. attorney, I hope he remains in Utah to run for Utah Attorney General replacing ineffective Mark Shurtleff.

  • Re: Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    How about compassion for legal US citizens who would have gotten those jobs had they been posted at Workforce Services as required.

  • Alex in Kansas
    July 29, 2009 6:52 a.m.

    To think I was considering applying for a job there after I graduate from law school. I'm completing my J.D. in another state and was planning on returning to Utah to specialize in immigration law. It's a good thing this story was uncovered. Thanks Des News!

  • James M.
    July 29, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    I have driven bye this law firm several times. I have noticed nervous illegals coming and going each time I was there. I always wondered what was going on.

  • Texas Ute
    July 29, 2009 6:18 a.m.

    Sounds just like bottom-feeding attorneys . . . and agents, and former government workers . . . and generally greedy, self-centered, all-about-me kind of people, just like in any line of work. A sad commentary on society. They should be made an example of.

  • And the businesses?
    July 29, 2009 4:20 a.m.

    So why aren't the businesses knowing using falsified documents not being arrested and thrown in jail with this lawyer? Going after one crook when hundreds are involved is an injustice to the american people. Has the Fed's gone after these illegal document holders? Have the illegals been fired and sent back to mexico?

    The Fed's must also pursue and prosecute business that are employing illegal aliens, put them out of business as it will be no loss to the state or america. Illegals with jobs are not tax payers and employers are tax evaders.

    Compassion is not dead in Utah, I have all the compassion in the world for the american people, but none for illegal aliens from mexico. They are putting americans out of work, stealing services from citizens and the disabled.

  • Sammyd
    July 29, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    RE:anon, This was a Federal investigation. Our Attorney General spoke at this companies grand reopening in 2007, he would never prosecute a company he commended for bringing cheap labor here.

    Utah has compassion for those who care enough about their family, and others, by doing it right.

    These companies were exchanging employees between themselves, so the excuse of not finding suitable employees in that field was a lie. Since they committed fraud and hired people illegally, they should be charged also.

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    Compassion is dead in Utah

  • Wow
    July 28, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    Sounds just like attorneys