Operation Paper Chase’: Fed Sting Created A Fake College And Arrests 140

By Maurice “Mo” Barnes ,  Senior Contributor@Mo Barnes,| Enterprise

There are thousands of persons who reside in the United States illegally because of their immigration status. Some of these individuals even try to apply to colleges to extend their student visa stay, one of these colleges was the University of Farmington, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. But those applying to the school for that reason were in for a rude surprise and arrest by ICE and Homeland Security officials. The school was a total fraud and created by the government with the assistance of the state of Michigan to trap those in the country illegally.

 It was called Operation Paper Chase, and it came to light in January 2019, after the Detroit Free Press broke the story, which the government confirmed.  It was exposed after a series of emails were sent the outlet which detailed elements of the operation. The emails were from Ali Milani, President of the University of Farmington,  and included the following  statement to one student from India, below:

“It was a pleasure speaking with you. Thank you for your recent interest in The University of Farmington, a nationally accredited business and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) institution. Here at the University of Farmington, we have created an innovative learning environment that combines traditional instruction with full time professional experiences. We offer flexible class schedules and a focus on students who do not want to interrupt their careers.”

The problem with Milani was he did not exist nor did the campus of the University of Farmington exist and no classes were ever posted. It was revealed that the government sent undercover agents from DHS to register the school with the State of Michigan using fake identities.

Attribution: Detroit News

The “fake” university (example, above) even had a national collegiate accreditation agency listed the school as accredited in 2016 to lure prospective students in cooperation with ICE and Homeland Security.

Agents created a school website and posted the link on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website as a resource for students under SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). This subterfuge trapped at least eight college recruiters who took in fees and arranged loans for the cost of admission. According to the government, the recruiters knew that the college was an immigration scam, but did not know the government was running the sting.  

Operation Paper Chase has led to the arrest and detention of 146 out of an enrolled fake student body of 600+ on civil immigration charges.  All but one of these students are citizens of India.  The operation has caused the government of India to issue an official letter of inquiry and has led to accusations of entrapment from some detainees lawyers.

A diplomatic demand of démarche from India is asking for the immediate release of the students and requesting against any non-voluntary deportation.

(This Article can be also found in our Crime and Justice Section )


Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a Senior Contributor at Black America World News (BAWN). “Mo” is a Graduate of Morehouse College and a nationally renowned political scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also an accomplished Blues musician and plays regularly. Mo has used his vast journalistic talent to write for Rolling Out Magazine and many other popular U.S. Media outlets. You can reach Mo Barnes at https://twitter.com/theblogrebel.

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