Instead, he had bypassed a background check before permanently entering the country. Why? Because he was marrying an American citizen.
Despite this man's clearly documented violence, criminal activities and fraud, the DHS gave a green card to someone the agency clearly identified as “a dangerous man.”
In March 2017, Lopez testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about her case with Senate attorneys claiming she had one of the most credible and well documented immigration fraud cases they’ve ever seen. (She hired a retired F.B.I. special agent for help during her divorce.) As an oversight committee, Judiciary staff attorneys have direct access to immigration files, which they used to corroborate Lopez’s evidence and testimony.
Despite the FDNS's warning, DHS staff confirmed in June 2017 that the agency still refused to open an investigation on her ex-husband. Instead, the DHS launched an investigation on the FDNS employees who warned Lopez. (The FDNS is an investigative agency within the DHS.)
In June 2017, the new DHS VOICE office – which was set up to protect the American victims of immigrants’ crimes – refused to help Lopez in order to protect her foreign ex-husband’s privacy rights. In December 2017, the VOICE office admitted it destroyed Lopez’s own privacy: The agency voluntarily gave out her sensitive personal information and communications with VOICE staff. The agency also made her information generally searchable/downloadable over the Internet.
Now divorced, Lopez lives in hiding. The State of New Jersey considers her situation to be so grave that it issued her a special protected address, something reserved for domestic violence victims in serious danger. Therefore, the DHS data breach could have dire consequences for Lopez's safety.
Meanwhile, Lopez’s former husband remains eligible to renew his fraudulent green card or apply for U.S. citizenship, which he might have already attained.
In February 2016, homeland security officials warned Elena Maria Lopez about the “dangerous man” she had married and sponsored into her country. Forced to flee her own home at gunpoint, Lopez already knew this. Issuing this new warning, these Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) investigators urged Lopez to protect herself.
Lopez’s Dutch husband had:
Government Protects Foreign Criminal while U.S. Citizen Forced into Hiding
Lopez interviewed on NBC's KPRC-Houston