Lopez's Dutch husband had:
Govt. Protects Foreign Criminal; U.S. Citizen Forced into Hiding
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony Lopez went through six weeks of evidence collection, vetting and interviews with Senate Judiciary attorneys. She was ultimately chosen as the lead witness for an immigration fraud hearing in 2017.
Now divorced, Lopez lives in hiding with help from the State of New Jersey. Lopez's former husband has repeatedly promised to kill her if she ever testifies about the criminal activities she discovered or compromises his fraudulent immigration status.
Despite the safety warning to Lopez, homeland security investigators confirmed in April 2017 that the agency still refuses to open an investigation on her ex-husband. In June 2017, the DHS's new crime victim office – which was set up to protect victimized Americans – refused to help Lopez in order to protect her ex-husband’s privacy rights. In December 2017, the Department of Homeland Security destroyed Lopez’s own privacy and further compromised her safety: The agency voluntarily gave out her sensitive personal information to various media organizations and made it generally searchable/downloadable over the Internet. As a domestic violence victim put in hiding by her state, this DHS data breach has dire consequences for Lopez's safety.
Meanwhile, Lopez’s former husband continues living openly in the United States. Despite this man's clearly documented violence, criminal activities and fraud, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave a green card to someone the agency identified as “a dangerous man.”
He currently 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 after he tried to strangle her and pulled a firearm on her, she already knew this.
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 seen. (In desperation, she hired a retired F.B.I. agent for help during her divorce.) As an oversight committee, Judiciary staff attorneys have direct access to immigration files to corroborate evidence and testimony.