There's an excellent story in the Washington Post about a marriage fraud ring that's been broken up by the authorities, with the result that some people are going to be sent home.
Hunch Unravels Immigrant Wedding Scam
Odd Behavior at Arlington Courthouse Leads to Arrests in Probe of Green-Card Marriages
By Jerry Markon Washington Post Monday, November 13, 2006; A01
They didn't hug. They didn't kiss. They didn't even sit together.
Many couples going to the Arlington County Courthouse seemed more like strangers than people applying for marriage licenses. A man named Sam often escorted them to the sixth-floor clerk's office. Sometimes, there would be a furtive exchange of money in the elevator.
Before long, some of the same people would be back, filing for divorce, their court papers littered with mistakes — always the same mistakes.
"They misspelled 'circuit,' " said David A. Bell, the longtime Circuit Court clerk. "It was obvious something was going on."
Bell tipped off police, triggering a nearly four-year investigation that recently broke up one of the Washington region's biggest and most brazen immigration scams: an estimated 1,000 fake marriages. The scheme was centered in the area's little-noticed but rapidly growing community of immigrants from Ghana.
Read the whole thing.