Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

"He Didn’t Know the Lyrics to ‘Chan Chan,’ So I Knew He Wasn’t Cuban"

"It sounded like a good deal: Get a Cuban birth certificate and stay in the United States, worry-free.  But federal authorities say the birth certificates weren't legitimate, and the undocumented immigrants trying to get them weren't Cuban.  Now a federal judge in Florida has sentenced several people for conspiring to commit immigration fraud.  The defendants, authorities say, made more than half a million dollars selling forged Cuban birth certificates to undocumented immigrants and helping them fill out fraudulent U.S. immigration forms.  Their aim, investigators said, was to exploit a U.S. law that allows Cuban immigrants to apply for permanent residence if they've been in the United States for more than a year." – CNN, Jan. 18, 2013.