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I live just a short distance from Graceland. Me and my husband recently got chatting to a tourist visiting here from the UK. I mentioned in conversation that my parents were visiting in July for 2 weeks and that I need to apply for the ESTA's soon. and the guy's response stunned us. He said that he had criminal convictions in the UK for cocaine charges and also assault charges, but lied on his ESTA about them, stating he had no criminal history. Im shocked that his ESTA was approved with one tap of a button and his criminal history was never tracked or picked up as he was entering the USA. Surly its not that easy to lie and get away with it? Also, who would you report such fraud to in an instance like this? Me and my husband are baffled that he got away with this.


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You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423.


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3 minutes ago, Boiler said:

You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423.

Thank you - It is something we have discussed but did not know the right contacts to do this


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@Boiler how was he never on their radar though? can anyone lie on their esta and get in to the united states with a criminal background and not get stopped? I thought a more thorough background check would be done on anyone visiting the USA.


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The more thorough version is for Immigrant Visa's.


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All ESTA is is a pre-screen tool. Anyone can lie and get an approval pretty much. Note I am not suggesting that the US and the VWP countries do not share information, I am sure that they do, but the odd one is always going to get through.

 

As for contacting ICE, by the time they got around to do anything (if they do at all) his stay will have expired and he will have left.

 

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The more thorough version is for Immigrant Visa's.

 

This. If he meets and marries a USC spouse he's going to have a much tougher time.

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Just saw an article today about a woman that was honest on her ESTA about her former drug use and then wailed to the newspapers about the meanie US government not letting this honest UK citizen in for a visit. Yawn. I'm sure a lot of people lie on their ESTAs, and still others become confused by the meaning of some questions.


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16 minutes ago, yuna628 said:

Just saw an article today about a woman that was honest on her ESTA about her former drug use and then wailed to the newspapers about the meanie US government not letting this honest UK citizen in for a visit. Yawn. I'm sure a lot of people lie on their ESTAs, and still others become confused by the meaning of some questions.

I've had many friends saying I should go to the newspapers with my tale of woe.

They tell me I should spin a tale about me being a hard done by military hero (Army veteran) who is being kept from my children by an evil U.S. Government over a silly mistake. The Sun and the Daily Wail love stories like that, a photo with me doing a 'sad face' would be essential.

My usual response is that no, I screwed up, I broke the rules, I have to live with the consequences.

 


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24 minutes ago, yuna628 said:

Just saw an article today about a woman that was honest on her ESTA about her former drug use and then wailed to the newspapers about the meanie US government not letting this honest UK citizen in for a visit. Yawn. I'm sure a lot of people lie on their ESTAs, and still others become confused by the meaning of some questions.

If it is the one I read about a few days ago she was not honest, here and her friend ended up in Secondary and they found about her drug issue going through I think her Mobile. Her friend was let is, she was turned back. She blamed it on racism as she was blonde and white. Now quite why she ended up in Secondary was not made clear, as usual more to the story.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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On 6/5/2019 at 6:46 PM, QueenComley said:

I live just a short distance from Graceland. Me and my husband recently got chatting to a tourist visiting here from the UK. I mentioned in conversation that my parents were visiting in July for 2 weeks and that I need to apply for the ESTA's soon. and the guy's response stunned us. He said that he had criminal convictions in the UK for cocaine charges and also assault charges, but lied on his ESTA about them, stating he had no criminal history. Im shocked that his ESTA was approved with one tap of a button and his criminal history was never tracked or picked up as he was entering the USA. Surly its not that easy to lie and get away with it? Also, who would you report such fraud to in an instance like this? Me and my husband are baffled that he got away with this.

How do you know this guy wasn't lying about the cocaine charges and assault charges? Maybe he was making it up to sound macho? Tourist don't go on telling random people on Graceland about their prior criminal history, especially if they got away with it. 


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