The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Northern Virginia Fraudster Scams Immigrant Workers

Jun 7, 2021

Jasmine Moawad was arrested in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County near Washington, D.C. on May 12. She was accused of scamming immigrants by pretending to be an immigration lawyer and charging to help them with immigration legal papers, services she never provided. County police had charged a man with similar offenses in 2012.

Complicated laws and high fees make it hard to apply for citizenship or legal residence. That’s why some people fall for scams. The federal government charges $725 for most immigrants to submit the 20-page application to become a citizen. It charges up to $1,225 to apply for a green card and $540 to renew one.

Since colonization, the bosses have wanted and needed immigrants to do much of the hard and low-paid work. But the bosses also want to use immigrants’ legal status against them, to control them. And the bosses know immigrant workers are scapegoated. In this way the bosses continue to divide and rule.

Moawad is small fry. The big scam is how the bosses use the state to control and divide working people.