"Someone thought it would be a good idea to create this fast-tracked path to U.S. citizenship without requiring evidence or investigations -- and by forbidding trained immigration investigators from revoking these green cards based on national-security grounds or fraud."
UPDATE: Biden seeks to expand program cited
Lopez uncovered clusters of national-security cases tied to loopholes allowing foreigners to bypass background checks, waive criminal activities and hide national-security risks if they claim they’re abuse victims. Someone thought it would be a good idea to create this fast-tracked path to U.S. citizenship without requiring evidence or investigations -- and by forbidding trained immigration investigators from revoking these green cards based on national-security grounds or fraud.
Her clusters of national-security cases specifically involved American military and military contractors being targeted by Russian nationals seeking quick U.S. citizenship without proper immigration vetting. The Department of Defense knows nothing about these obscure yet dangerous immigration loopholes, thereby assuming all foreign spouses of service members to be properly vetted.
The FBI, White House and congressional investigators sought these cases from her starting in 2016.
Lopez and other American fraud victims warned congressional leadership about the loopholes starting in 2006. In 2011, American Julie Poner testified in Senate hearings about her abusive Czech husband successfully using these loopholes to halt his pending deportation based on immigration fraud.
In 2012, Lopez discovered her first clusters of national-security cases tied to the loopholes, again raising the flag with congressional leadership and administration officials. Rather than close the temporary loopholes responsible, congress and the president made them permanent law in 2013.
Current immigration reform proposals from President Biden and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) seek to further expand these loopholes.
Lopez knows that baseless allegations for quick green cards are not victimless crimes: Americans have lost jobs, security clearances, child custody, etc. based on such false allegations. It also siphons off precious taxpayer-funded resources needed to combat domestic violence and protect real abuse victims such as herself.