"University of Farmington, office of admissions," answered a woman who posed as a university official. The woman was actually an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"Is there any chance to get me ... to know about my class schedule?" the student asked the university official, according to court records.
"Can we do what?" the undercover agent posing as a university official replied. "We're completely full. We don't have any normal classes to put you in. We are just helping you maintain your status by allowing you to enroll here, but you won't be taking any online classes, nor will you be going to any classes. Are you aware of this?"
Sounding confused, the student replied: "I don't know that actually. ... I don't know what to do now."
The student called the university "to ask when classes begin," said the sentencing memo.
The woman answering the phone at the admissions office of the University of Farmington replied: "We are currently full. We don’t have any classes to offer you, not even online … what we can do for you to help you maintain your status, we can enroll you as if you are a student here … but you wouldn’t be coming to class nor taking any online classes. ..."
Sounding confused, the student said: "But they didn’t tell me about all this? Because I am supposed to enroll … in order to maintain my status. … Why was I not told about this?"
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