A woman who was found naked on the side of the road claiming she had been kidnapped and raped has been charged with making the whole thing up to gain U.S. citizenship.
Alma Duran, 52, claimed in March that she had been kidnapped by a masked man who dragged her into his vehicle, raped her, and forced her to drink an unknown liquid. A driver found the woman lying naked on the side of the road.
Duran, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, spoke only Spanish, WMFE reported, and told police about the rape and kidnapping. Her story, however, soon fell apart.
Police told the outlet that Duran’s phone records showed several calls at the time of the alleged incident, including one with a man she was dating. When presented with the phone records, Duran said she hadn’t been kidnapped but the man whom she was dating had raped her. Police didn’t buy her story and have since charged her with filing a false police report. She is currently being held on a $1,000 bond, according to WCJB.
Police say Duran made the false accusation to obtain a “U visa,” which “allows victims of certain crimes who assist police to remain and work temporarily in the U-S and seek permanent status,” WMFE reported. In order to obtain such a visa, a law enforcement official must certify that the crime occurred.
As The Daily Wire has previously reported, this type of false accusation is not rare, but it is underreported in the media due to current societal pressures surrounding women’s allegations of rape and sexual assault. False accusations are buried, and anyone who brings them to light is accused of harming “victims.”
Earlier this year, The Daily Wire reported on the case of a Mexican woman detained at a Houston immigration detention center in 2018 who claimed she had been raped and even impregnated during the two months she was in the center – a lie she hoped would get her a visa. The woman was held in the detention center after getting released from prison for abusing a child.
The woman, referred to only as Jane Doe because she used a pseudonym in court documents, had lived in Texas illegally for 10 years, the Houston Chronicle reported at the time. She had spent two years in prison after she was convicted of causing injury to a child and was transferred to the Houston Processing Center because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on her following her release from prison.
Jane was in the center for two months and claimed she was raped the night before she was to be deported. Two years later she filed a lawsuit against CoreCivic Inc., the company that actually ran the center. She claimed that she was raped in a dark room at the facility after being taken there by guards. She said two other women were in the room during the assault. Jane demanded monetary damages and sought a visa to remain in the U.S.
Her lies were uncovered when a transcript of a phone interview between Jane and a Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigator and ICE special agent contained her confession that she made up the story to get a visa.
“In the interview, the agents informed the plaintiff that they found and interrogated the other two women, who said they were not raped and did not witness any sexual assault. The accuser, insisting that she was raped, then admitted it did not happen at the CoreCivic facility, as stated in the lawsuit,” the Chronicle reported.
Jane then changed her story to claim she was raped in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico after she was deported. She now claimed she was impregnated and didn’t know who the father was because she had been raped by three strangers. Jane said women in the town told her to say she had been raped in order to qualify for a visa to go back to the U.S. Women can claim they were raped and abused and easily obtain a visa, which provides a perverse incentive to lie.
The ability to claim sexual abuse in order to obtain a U.S. visa is not confined to women accusing strangers. As The Daily Wire reported in July 2018, women have abused a provision in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that allows abused immigrants to petition for legal status on their own, without their spouse. This has led to some immigrants marrying American men and turning around and accusing them of abuse in order to be freed from the marriage and become a U.S. citizen.
One famous example of this abuse is the case of Kyle Haney, who thought he found the love of his life on a mission trip to India. Haney met Tabitha, with whom he “clicked.” Six months later, Tabitha visited Haney where he lives in Texas, and he proposed. Just a few months later, they were married and expecting a child.
“[We] had a baby in November, and in March the following year, she got her green card,” Haney told NBC Washington at the time. “And within two months she left.”
Haney was confused. Then he saw Tabitha’s “petition for divorce.” She claimed that he had anger issues, may have been homosexual, and made her feel unsafe. She also said he intimidated her by using her immigrant status, Haney’s sister Jade told NBC.
The Haney family did some research and quickly found something odd.
“We started noticing a correlation between the lies that she was telling and everything that needed to be proved by the person to file VAWA [the Violence Against Women Act],” Haney’s sister said.
Tabitha’s attorney, however, told NBC’s Dallas station that “Kyle Haney made misleading statements and outright lies during his interview.”
John Sampson, a retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, told NBC at the time that this provision of VAWA is being regularly abused.
“They’re now using VAWA as a means by which to escape the two-year requirement to remain in the marital relationship, without drawing any suspicion to themselves,” Sampson said.
He also said he suspected a lot of the VAWA claims he saw during his time with ICE were actually fraudulent. He says some 1,500 Americans have contacted him believing they’re victims of this trend.
Sampson told NBC that investigators treat American spouses as a “prohibited source of information” during VAWA abuse claims. Because the immigrant is automatically assumed to be telling the truth, thus requiring safety, ICE investigators don’t even inform the American spouse of the abuse claim. There’s literally no downside for immigrants to fraudulently make such a claim.
NBC Washington had previously reported on marriage fraud, saying that it found dozens of such cases. And those are just the ones we know about.
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