The U.S. Justice Department has launched proceedings to revoke the American citizenship of four Somalis who swindled their way into the country by defrauding the “Diversity Immigrant Visa Program” more than a decade ago.
According to a statement released by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Somalis—named as Fosia Abdi Adan, Ahmed Mohamed Warsame, Mustaf Abdi Adan and Faysal Jama Mire, “unlawfully, knowingly, and fraudulently represented to immigration officials that they were a family to gain admission to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
“Each individual ultimately naturalized due to his or her fraudulent representations,” the DOJ said, adding that Adan applied for and received a diversity visa from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, under the Diversity Visa (DV) Program on Jan. 10, 2001.
She then used that visa to “unlawfully obtain beneficiary visas” for the others, who “were ineligible to be beneficiaries.”
Throughout the diversity visa application process, Adan fraudulently claimed that she was married to Jama Solob Kayre, the fictitious identity used by Ahmed Mohamed Warsame, and that she and Kayre had three children together. Adan naturalized on Aug.16, 2006.
Such children included Mohamed Jama Solob, the fictitious identity used by Mustaf Abdi Adan, and Mobarak Jama Solob, the fictitious identity used by Faysal Jama Mire.
Adan and Warsame, who used the fictitious identity of Jama Solob Kayre, obtained a divorce in Minnesota for their fictitious marriage after Adan was admitted as a permanent resident.
Adan continued to fraudulently represent her previous fictitious marriage and fraudulently represent her fictitious parentage of Mohamed Jama Solob and Mobarak Jama Solob, throughout the naturalization process.
Warsame arrived and was admitted to the United States on May 30, 2001, on his diversity immigrant visa as a permanent resident. Using the fictitious name of Jama Solob Kayre, naturalized on Sept. 13, 2006.
Solob obtained his visa as the child of a diversity visa immigrant from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, under the DV Program on Sept. 30, 2001. He arrived and was admitted to the United States on Dec. 9, 2001, on his beneficiary diversity immigrant visa as a permanent resident. He was naturalized on July 24, 2013.
Mire unlawfully obtained his beneficiary visa as the child of a diversity visa immigrant from the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, under the DV Program on Sept. 30, 2001. He arrived and was admitted to the United States on Dec. 9, 2001, and was naturalized on April 14, 2010.
The Diversity Visa Lottery has been in the news since the October 31 terror attack in New York City by an Uzbeki who entered America under the program in 2010.
In the DOJ statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions added that the country’s current immigration system is “easily abused by fraudsters and nefarious actors.”
“For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded with their government for a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest—a system that has as its foremost priorities their safety, their jobs, and their well-being,” Sessions said.
“The current immigration system is easily abused by fraudsters and nefarious actors, and that’s certainly true of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. If the fraud is not detected and swift enforcement actions are not taken, chain migration only multiplies the consequences of this abuse. Unfortunately, there are many instances of fraud across our immigration system. The American people deserve a better system that works for them, and the Department of Justice will continue its efforts to deliver one to them.”