The former owners of a California flight school have pleaded guilty in a massive visa fraud scheme in which they hired illegal immigrants as flight instructors — a scam that immigration officials say posed a “significant” threat to national security.
Andrew Burr and Christopher Watson, the former president and vice president of Anglo-American Aviation, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor counts of hiring unauthorized workers, part of a larger felony case against their company that was the culmination of a two-year investigation by Federal officials.
“The actions by the defendants in this case not only undermined the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system, they also posed a significant national security risk.”
The school issued visa documents to more than 100 foreign students, even though the Federal Aviation Administration had revoked their certification to train commercial pilots.
The company was abusing an online database developed in the wake of 9/11 to track foreign students.
Without that FAA certification, the company was forbidden to issue I-20 immigration documents to its students, who used the forms to get visas from the State Department.
Investigators successfully tracked down 53 of the students — more than half of the 100+ trained at the facility – no information was provided on the 47+ students they failed to locate.
The company now operates under a different name — American Aviation Academy — but uses the same mailing address and phone number in San Diego, where two of the 9/11 hijackers received flight training.
McAuleysworld: The 47 they cannot locate are probably hiding in one of our “sanctuary cities” where the politicians and “progressive police chiefs” are refusing to enforce our Country’s immigration laws. We won’t know which of the Mayors and Police Chiefs are criminally culpable until after the terrorists are activated and they carry out the next 911 style attack. When that happens, the next 911 style attack, both the politicans and the police officials, responsible for harboring the terrorists in their cities, should be brought to justice in America’s crimnal court system. I hope the families of the next victims demand justice from these “public officials” who refuse to enforce our laws.