WTOP is reporting on the conviction of a Manassas man for helping illegal aliens fraudulently file for “Temporary Protected Status” and fabricating fake identification documents.
Federal prosecutors say Fredy Lopez, who is from, was running a company that submitted fraudulent immigration-related documents to help illegal immigrants obtain documentation, such as green cards.
Lopez also used the company as a vehicle to file false applications to assist aliens from El Salvador in receiving temporary protected status, prosecutors say.
Four employees have been convicted and presumably deported after being sentenced to time served, and it’s quite possible that the information obtained during the investigation of this crime will keep law enforcement busy in the area. Because obtaining fake documents is a violation of state law, local police are authorized under the Section 287(g) Program to not only investigate patrons of this business for obtaining fake identification documents, but the violations of federal immigration law that are inevitably at play here. As for the fraudulent filings for TPS, that’s probably going to require federal law enforcement action, which likely means that these violations of the law will not be investigated unless there’s an opportunity to do so under the premise that state or local laws have been violated.
If there was no Section 287(g) Program in place in the area, nothing at all would likely happen about this.
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