January 18, 2008, - 2:20 am
By Debbie Schlussel
An Arab barber in New York illegally secured green cards for other Arabs by bribing a Citizenship and Immigration official. We already know so many similar schemes have happened in Detroitistan and other parts of the country.
The problem with cases like this is that while they caught these people, you know it’s the tip of the iceberg. There are so many others like this selling out our country, who haven’t been caught because so few of these cases are actually investigated:
A Department of Homeland Security official was charged Thursday with soliciting a $12,000 bribe in exchange for a green card.
Jose Gomez, 58, who approved green cards in the office of Citizenship and Immigration Services, was allegedly in cahoots with the owner of a salon in Astoria, Queens, who acted as a go-between for the official.
Gomez demanded $12,000 for the green card from a confidential informant who secretly recorded his conversations with Gomez and the salon owner, Farid Bouchaib, during the past year, according to an affidavit unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Gomez was released on a $150,000 bond. Bouchaib was detained pending a bail hearing.
A federal immigration agent and a Queens barber have been charged with processing green cards for immigrants in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors said today.
The immigration officer, Jose Gomez, was accepting thousands of dollars for official green cards that he processed out of a U.S. Customs and Immigration Service office in Long Island, according to federal court papers filed in the Eastern District of New York. The barber, Farid Bouchaib of Astoria, acted as a middleman, authorities said.
Both were arrested in front of Mr. Gomez’s house in East Elmhurst Wednesday night and arraigned yesterday, authorities said.
An undercover agent helped to bring the scheme to light by wearing a wire to meetings in parked cars in Queens and inside Mr. Bouchaib’s Astoria barber shop, the court papers said. At the meetings, the agent brought the two men cash that eventually totaled $12,000 in exchange for immigration forms.
During the last meeting, on Wednesday, the immigration officer and the barber met with the undercover agent in a car parked outside of Mr. Gomez’s house, where they discussed the green card and the agent handed over a final $2,500, according the complaint.
We can’t stop bribery of greedy officials. But, if only we strictly limited the number of Arabs and Muslims who were allowed to immigrate to America, that would help solve a big part of the problem.
Good luck, America. G-d save our sinking nation.
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