The Department of Homeland Security set up a counterfeit Detroit County University to target foreign students who wished to stay in the United States without a proper 'pay scheme', according to reports.
Eight people were arrested and accused of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and to collect undeclared immigrants for profit. Six were arrested in Detroit, one in Florida and another in Virginia.
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The False Institution, called Farmington University, has been running Homeland Security Farmington Hills since 2015 and had a website featuring a 'dynamic business management and STEM program'. The school had no faculty or lesson and no curriculum.
Email from Fox News to Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the beginning of Thursday was not immediately returned.
Pupils enrolled to get a job under a student visa program, called a curriculum for practical training, according to the article. The accused Wednesday said the accused helped 600 unregistered immigrants register at a counterfeit university in exchange for cash, returns, and training credits.
"We are all aware that international students can be a valuable asset to our country, but, as this is the case, a well-used international student visa program can be used and abused," Schneider said.
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The accusation claimed that the students admitted "knew they would not participate in any particular class, would earn credits or make academic progress to achieve the actual degree," but only students staying in the country to stay in the US if they are enrolled in school and working on a degree.