By Professor Doom
I sometimes wonder at sheer size of the fraud in our higher education system. I can think of no other business which can immediately attract hundreds of students, even when the business explicitly states it is a fraud.
But a fake university can do this, no problem:
ICE arrests 90 illegal immigrants in a sting operation using a fake university
--It’s more like 250 students total.
This isn’t even the first time this sort of thing has happened, I just usually don’t mention it because it’s not about the student loan scam directly. The student loan scam indirectly makes these fake universities so easy to run because it’s allowed such a high level of fraud that the whole world knows the U.S. has a severe fraud problem in higher ed.
Consider the marketing strategy of this fake university:
The fake university told the students they could be enrolled in their school to get into the United States on student visas and then never attend the school as part of a “pay to stay” scam.
It’s amazing how the news story here is the ICE arrest, but I see so much more. Our higher education system has such a reputation for fraud that the above sounded plausible, not just to one fool (easy enough) but to hundreds of them.
That said, I appreciate the efficiency of ICE; instead of guarding the border, they just put up an ad and reel them in:
Only 10% of the 250 students caught in the sting had to be deported by Customs and Border Protection. The remaining 80% self-deported after being caught.
While getting these fake students out of the country is something…what’s to stop them from just getting into a different fake school? It’s not like ICE has a monopoly on opening up fake schools, after all.
What about the other 10%?
The remaining 10% have their status tied up as they contest their deportation to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, claiming the situation is entrapment.
Good luck with that. Seeing as the school was pretty up front about being fake, I’m not sure “entrapment” is going to fly, since not every lawful citizen will simply leave his country just to join a fake school (part of the definition of entrapment is getting a lawful citizen to do something he would not ordinarily do).
In addition to the clear evidence of how thorough the fraud in higher education is that “we’re a fake school, come sign up” can catch hundreds of fake students, there’s another aspect to the story that the media seems to not see:
Several celebrities and Democratic politicians have decried the situation, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The New York congresswoman claimed ICE should be abolished, a proposal she has suggested before.
Actress Alyssa Milano also posted a tear-filled video expressing her outrage with the situation.
Yeah, whatever. The whole “NPC” meme is how these people never seem to be able to change their script. On the face of it this story is about fake students coming to a fake school to get “student visas,” and these chuckleheads stick to the script of protecting all illegal immigrants, always, for all time. Just once I’d like a report to ask them is there is any activity an illegal immigrant can engage in which they would consider deplorable…I suspect they’d condone bloody murder, at least of U.S. citizens.
This is cruel and appalling. These students simply dreamed of getting the high-quality higher education America can offer. ICE deceived and entrapped them, just to deport them.
No Pocahontas, the university was very up front about being a fraud.
I just wish instead of creating fake schools, our government would put a bit more interest in shutting down fake schools, but I understand always that our rulers will only go after low hanging fruit.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Helms defended the operation, saying, "Their true intent could not be clearer. While 'enrolled' at the University, one hundred percent of the foreign citizen students never spent a single second in a classroom. If it were truly about obtaining an education, the University would not have been able to attract anyone, because it had no teachers, classes, or educational services."
Wait…not having a classroom makes a place a fake school? But what of all the 100% online schools? I’d love to hear this guy’s definition of “teachers” and “classes,” because I’ve seen many fake teachers and fake classes as well which would pass no definition of a legitimate college education.
President Trump has tried to push stronger immigration policies since taking office but has not come close to deporting as many illegal immigrants as President Barack Obama.
It’s queer how the above little detail never seems to make the news, instead we all get endless rants about how bad it is that Trump is doing it. Obama did more of it…but that was OK. Much like the endless “Trump puts babies in cages” garbage ignores that it was an Obama policy (and a good one since it cut down on child rape), most people just don’t know the whole story.
So while all most folks will get from this story is how “Orange Man Entrapped Students With Fake University,” I insist the real news here is how our higher education system is so degraded that a fake university advertising itself as fake had no problem at all getting hundreds of students…it probably would have taken in more fake students, but it’s competing with other fake schools, or at least schools which also allow fake students.
The other real part of the story is the wide swaths of our own government support the fraud in our higher education system.
But yeah, all the news outlets are saying is that ICE caught some students in a sting, without really understanding how and why this kind of sting is so successful.
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