Tri-Valley University Accused of Immigration Fraud

TriValley University, Pleasanton CollegeFederal officials are investigating Tri-Valley University, accusing the institution of being a front to provide immigrants with fraudulent student visas. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Pleasanton, California, College has accepted millions of dollars in exchange for obtaining visas under false pretenses. The school’s founder, Susan Xiao-Ping Su is under investigation for fraud.

According to Pleasanton Weekly, Tri-Valley claims to offer a master’s and doctorate degrees in a number of subjects and is housed in a two-story office building. Calls to the college have gone unanswered and the school has not been open for business since Friday. Xiao-Ping Su described Tri-Valley as “a Christian Higher Education Institution offering quality academic programs in Engineering, Business, Art, Law and Medicine with live synchronous virtual classroom instruction.”

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Illegal Immigrants Eligible for California In-State Tuition

California FlagA California Supreme Court decision ruled students who are illegal immigrants may continue to receive in-state tuition. The court voted unanimously, overturning a lower court ruling.

The Los Angeles Times reports that there are about 25,000 illegal immigrants who currently receive in-state tuition rates. The ruing was written by Justice Ming W. Chin, who is one of the most conservative members of the panel. The new law will apply to students who attended a California high school for at least three years and graduated. The new law will also extend the in-state tuition to U.S. citizens who attended California residents but reside legally in other states. “It cannot be the case that states may never give a benefit to unlawful aliens without giving the same benefit to all American citizens,” Chin wrote.

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DREAM first introduced coverage of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) when we reported that the political action campaign sought after Eric Balderas, the Harvard student who was retained in Texas when he lost his Mexican passport and tried to use his student identification card to board a flight to Boston from San Antonio. The campaign felt he would be an ideal test case to headline their proposed DREAM act.

But what exactly is the DREAM Act?

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Harvard Student Detained in Texas For Not Being a U.S. Citizen

dream actNineteen-year-old Harvard University student, Eric Balderas was detained on June 2, 2010 after he attempted to use his university student identification card to board a plane from San Antonio Texas to Boston. Balderas is not a United States citizen and was held by immigration because he had lost his Mexican passport that he uses to travel domestically and internationally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have released a statement saying that the agency will not pursue a deportation case of Balderas. According to published reports, Balderas was granted deferred action, a method to stop deportation based on the merits of the individual case.

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Mexican Immigrant Student Faces Possible Deportation

Jessica Colotl: Image Via MyFoxAtlanta

Jessica Colotl: Image Via MyFoxAtlanta

A college student from Kennesaw State University could face deportation next year.

Jessica Colotl, a 21-year-old Mexican immigrant, was arrested in March for driving without a license.

On May 12, a Georgia sheriff filed a felony charge against Colotl for providing a false address to the police. Two days later, she surrendered to the sheriff but does not admit to any wrongdoing.

“I never thought that I’d be caught up in this messed-up system,” she said in a recent news conference. “I was treated like a criminal, like a threat to the nation.”

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A California Man Helps Foreign Students Commit Immigration Fraud

classroomSometimes I really wish I could pay someone to go to my classes for me. Especially when it’s raining, and all I want to do is stay in bed and sleep through my alarm clock. But, I couldn’t really do that, could I? I mean, nobody would really pay someone else to take classes for them, right?

Wrong. Daniel Higgins, a California resident, was recently arrested for immigration fraud when it was discovered that he was attending classes and taking exams for Middle Eastern students who wanted to keep their visas. These students would pay Higgins up to $1,500 to pretend to be them in their classes. Higgins was attending classes for more than 100 students from Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

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Hispanic Students to be Majority by 2023

Roughly one-fourth of the nation’s kindergartners are Hispanic, evidence of an accelerating trend that now will see minority children become the majority by 2023.

Census data released Thursday also showed that Hispanics make up about one-fifth of all K-12 students. Hispanics’ growth and changes in the youth population are certain to influence political debate, from jobs and immigration to the No Child Left Behind education, for years.

In colleges, Hispanics made up 12 percent of full-time undergraduate and graduate students, 2 percent more than in 2006. Still, that is short of Hispanics’ 15 percent representation in the total U.S. population.

“The future of our education system depends on how we can advance Hispanics through the ranks,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “In many cases it’s going to be a challenge, because they are the children of immigrants, and their English is not as strong. Many have parents without a high school or college education.”

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