Edmond resident is among 40 people arrested in student visa violations

Federal immigration agents arrested an Edmond resident and 39 other people during a 12-day student-visa enforcement operation. They will now go before a federal immigration judge to determine the question of deportation.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: June 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm •  Published: June 6, 2012
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Those arrested will go before a federal immigration hearing judge who will determine if they will be deported, undergo volunteer deportation or other options, Rusnok said.

Three of those arrested falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, which is a felony and will be permanently barred from legally re-entering the United States.

The 21 men and 19 women were arrested by the Homeland Security Investigation's Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit, part of the national program designed to prevent terrorists and other criminals from exploiting the nation's immigration system.

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