Immigration Marriage Fraud: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session on Fraudulent Marriage and Fiance Arrangements to Obtain Permanent Immigration Status, July 26, 1985   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of the Hon. Alan K. Simpson, a U.S. Senator from the State of Wyoming: "We are going to examine this issue of immigration marriage fraud, which could best be described I think as the use of nonbona fide marriage, or fraudulent marriage arrangements and fiance arrangements, which are made to obtain permanent resident immigration status. We are going to inquire into the nature and extent of this situation, determine whether we see but another way of gimmicking our generous, very generous legal immigration laws, consider whether legislation is necessary to address the problem, and if so, what form that legislation might take. Our present immigration laws reserve our very most favored top-drawer status for spouses of American citizens, and the U.S. system, based to a large degree upon the principle of family reunification, certainly there can be no more important reunification than spouses, husband and wife. And yet our concern to benefit the spouses of our citizens can make us very vulnerable to abuse, for among those relationships covered by family reunification, spouse is the one relationship that is largely self-created. We do not have the choices with mother and father and brother and sister, but we do have a rather significant part to play in his or her spouse, and the determination of what that is, obviously. So, today we will examine immigration marriages of convenience." Materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patricia Beshara, Jose Caringal, Roger L. Conner, Jules E. Coven, Nancy J. Marrero, Amita Narielwala, Alan C. Nelson, David S. North, Richard E. Norton, Vernon D. Penner, Jr., and Cornelius Scully.

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S. Hrg. 99-325; Senate Hearing 99-325; Serial No. J-99-43
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