If it had not been for the terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, CA, an immigration/marriage fraud situation would probably have gone unnoticed by the authorities.
But because of the killings by Syed Rizwan Farook and the woman he brought to the United States as his alien bride, Tashfeen Malik, the fraudulent marriage between Farook's friend, Enrique Marquez Jr., and Mariya Chernykh has now — months later — led to yesterday's immigration fraud indictments against the three people in the middle of the chart below:
The chart was used by CIS when we first reported on the Marquez marriage fraud.
The killings not only exposed the fraudulent Chernykh/Marquez marriage, they also provided a graphic illustration of the extended chain migration that is facilitated, and even encouraged, by U.S. immigration law, with its emphasis on the admission of family members of (usually) previously arrived immigrants.
While the combination of marriage fraud and murder occurs every so often, immigration-related marriage fraud usually happens within a single ethnic group; in this case, the groom has a Spanish name, his fake bride and her sister are Russian, and the others are of Pakistani origin. Among the things that Marquez did for his friend and neighbor, the late Syed Rizwan Farook, was to purchase weapons for him and his wife.