Elena Maria Lopez is an immigration fraud victim turned whistleblower. In 2018, Lopez identified and presented a series of national security immigration fraud cases to the White House. These involved foreign spouses using immigration loopholes to bypass background checks, proper vetting and hide criminal activities. These spouses then quickly remarried active military with high-level security clearances, often lived on U.S. military bases, and fraudulently sought federal benefits.
The FBI had contacted her about these cases in late 2016. She first started raising the flag on such cases in 2012 with key congressional offices and committees, as well as administration officials.
Lopez is a former political journalist and financial writer.
For the past decade, she has had high-ranking members of congress, the Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I., think tanks, attorneys, investigators and journalists contacting her for background, data, research and national security trends regarding immigration fraud. She set up ImmigrationFraud.com in 2004 to provide credible information, data and resources to journalists, policymakers and victims. She has also tirelessly lobbied congress to change immigration laws victimizing Americans and the nation's security.
She's biracial, Latina, and hails from the racially and ethnically diverse state of New Jersey. She regularly calls out both Republicans and Democrats by demanding protections for both natural-born and naturalized American citizens. She fails to understand why politicians put the needs of foreign citizens before those of their own U.S. citizen constituents. Such political demands are not "anti-immigrant" or racist: Many of the diverse victims she's worked with for the past decade are either people of color, Latinos, multi-racial, first-generation Americans or naturalized U.S. citizens.
Lopez developed the nasty habit of chain-smoking cigars during her own immigration fraud case and violent divorce. She justified it as her “Buddhist breathing technique.” In reality, she was trying to cope with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSD. Developing PTSD was not only a reaction to her Dutch husband’s repeated attacks, but the refusal of congressional members, bureaucrats and various levels of law enforcement to protect her from a violent man that mental-health professionals described as a sociopath and the DHS described as "dangerous ."
Luckily, Lopez has since quit chain-smoking cigars . . . but is leaving it open as a viable option thanks to increased stress and continued government incompetence. Although she is a domestic violence victim put in hiding by her state, the federal government voluntarily released her private personal information over the Internet and to media organizations in 2017. By breaking its own privacy laws, the federal government has, once again, put Lopez in serious danger.
Lopez caught red handed with her two vices: coffee and cigars. (She has since given up one of the two.)
Lopez counting deportable offenses her ex-husband committed; Documented with a retired FBI agent.
After Lopez published articles that only 1 percent of green-card marriages are investigated, the DHS stopped publicly releasing related data. DHS insiders estimate fraud rates range from 20 percent to more than