Authorities in the US have ordered a Jordanian to spend nine months behind bars for deceiving immigration authorities about his involvement in the detonation of a roadside bomb, as directed by a terrorist group, aimed at blowing an Israeli civilian bus and will also be deported back to Jordan as a result of the terrorism conviction.
On January 14, 51-year-old Vallmoe Shqaire pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful procurement of US citizenship. He was after that denaturalized and will be deported after serving his jail term. Shqaire was found out following extensive investigation carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) in conjunction with Los Angeles National Security/Counterterrorism Division and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Shqaire, who admitted he is a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, had convictions for numerous violent felonies in Israel including failed car bombing attempt and assault of persons perceived to be working with authorities in Israel.
Unlawful citizenship procurement
When applying for citizenship, Shqaire deceived U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by denying any involvement in any organization or association as well as prior arrests, convictions or sentencing both on his application and during the interview.
According to records from an Israeli court, Shqaire was arrested twice between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Prosecutors said Shqaire attacked the immigration safeguards put in place in the country by lying to USCIS officers in a bid to conceal his extensive criminal conducts which should have normally stopped him from entering the country.
Since gaining US citizenship fraudulently, Shqaire continued his criminal conducts. He was sentenced in a state prison regarding a credit card fraud scheme.
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