Diversity is strength-it is also FRAUD
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Lisa Fernandez writes at the San Jose Mercury News:
A one-time computer salesman who rose through the ranks to help build Fry's Electronics into a robust retailer is facing allegations that he defrauded the San Jose company out of $65 million, much of which he used to pay off enormous gambling debts in Las Vegas.

Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, 42, who goes by "Omar" and was Fry's vice president of merchandising and operations, appeared Monday in federal court, where prosecutors filed a complaint alleging he masterminded a "secret kickback scheme to defraud Fry's Electronics of millions of dollars."[Fry's exec accused of $65 million fraud to pay off gambling debts, December 22, 2008]

I haven't found any hard biography on Siddiqui—so I'm not sure of his immigration status. It is pretty clear to anyone that has visited a Fry's store in Silicon Valley or Seattle that Fry's is a pretty immigration intensive operation in their hiring practices. As a patron there, I've found it hard at times to find a native English speaker to get service from. According to the Wikipedia article on Fry's, Siddiqui was one of the top 5 people-and one of two of the top 5 who wasn't a member of the family that founded the closely held corporation.

It sounds like Siddiqui's American Dream was something of a nightmare:

A woman who appeared in court on Siddiqui's behalf declined to comment. During the court hearing, conversations in court also revealed that Siddiqui has no close family; he is estranged from his siblings and his parents are deceased. He has no wife or children, and according to his civil attorney, who appeared as a "friend of the court," Siddiqui has several casinos after him to pay off gambling debts.
I don't think the US government is doing a favor to the American people or the immigrants themselves admitting folks who can't become well integrated into some American community. A life centered around money is a hollow one—and a nation centered around money isn't really a nation.
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