Feds: Warren man lied about identity to stay in U.S.

The Detroit News

Federal officials are seeking to revoke the citizenship of a Warren resident they claim misrepresented himself and lied about his identity when seeking asylum years ago.

According to a complaint the Department of Justice filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Humayun Kabir Rahman arrived in the United States in February 1992 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, claiming his name was Ganu Miah while showing a passport that did not belong to him.

He was paroled so he could seek asylum, and his application was referred to an immigration court, where a judge ordered him removed in 1998, investigators wrote in the filing.

However, while that proceeding was underway, Rahman in 1994 sought asylum under another name, Shafi Uddin, the complaint contends. He was ordered removed in 1997.

That same year, using a third identity, Md. Humayun Kabir Talukder, Rahman “applied for and received an immigrant visa through the diversity visa program, claiming he had entered the United States by car from Canada,” officials said Thursday.

In 2004 he applied for and was granted permanent resident status, which led to Rahman becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. But federal authorities claim he failed to reveal he had twice been ordered removed and lied about his identity and immigration history under oath.

“As our country’s leaders debate the future of our immigration system, this alleged case of a decade of defrauding the United States to obtain citizenship is particularly alarming,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler for the Justice Department’s Civil Division in a statement.

“In this instance, the suspect allegedly lied to the government as he twice sought to secure asylum under different identities, but was rebuffed and ordered removed both times before being randomly selected for a diversity visa. While the United States Senate assesses whether to continue the diversity visa program, the Justice Department will find the program’s fraudsters and hold them to account, to protect our national security.”

Rahman could not be reached for comment Thursday, and court records did not show an attorney representing him.