This is the story of Martha Laura Granados, an immigrant woman from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico who abused the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by pretending to be in love with an American Legal Resident. Martha prostituted herself to him for three years, deceiving him, making him believe her intentions were honest until he married her. She then falsely accused him of Domestic Violence and Rape in order to get to a VAWA funded shelter and file a VAWA self petition to obtain a Green Card.
Martha is now enjoying a vast number of social benefits all paid for by the US tax payer which include free housing, certification, employment, paid relocation and free education for her sons.
…and an express immigration proceedings for a Green Card and US Citizenship for herself, her sons and her relatives.
There is a law in this country (The Violence Against Women Act - VAWA) that provides motives and incentives for an immigrant woman (man) to prostitute herself (himself), lie, deceive and abuse an American citizen in order to convince him (her) to marry her (him), and then VAWA provides motives and incentives for her (him) to falsely accuse the innocent American citizen of Domestic Violence, rape and abuse.
The VAWA immigration loop-hole:
The formula is simple: Pretend you're in love with an American citizen or a Legal resident, get them to marry you, then, a few months later start making unsupported accusations of abuse. The accusations will stick, even if completely unsupported by facts. In no time they're on the path to permanent residency and with plenty of help from US taxpayers. The innocent US spouse often pays a heavy price in terms of psychological distress, legal bills, damage to reputation, and in many cases even a criminal record.
Hay una ley de este país (EE.UU - La Ley de Violencia contra la Mujer - VAWA), que proporciona motivos y incentivos para una mujer inmigrante a prostituirse, mentir, engañar y abusar de un ciudadano estadounidense con el fin de engañarlo para que se casara con ella, y luego esa misma ley proporciona los motivos y los incentivos para que ella acuse falsamente al ciudadano inocentes de violencia doméstica, violación o abuso con el fin de lograr la residencia permanente en los EE.UU.
La fórmula es simple: Finge que está enamorada de un residente legal estadounidense, haga que se case con usted, entonces, unos meses más tarde empiece a hacer acusaciones sin fundamento de Violencia Domestica. Las acusaciones se adhieren, aunque estén falsas. Usted estará en el camino hacia la residencia permanente y con mucha ayuda de los contribuyentes de impuestos de los EE.UU. Su víctima inocente a pagará un alto precio en términos de sufrimiento psíquico, gastos legales, daños a la reputación, y en muchos casos incluso un registro de antecedentes penales.
My name is Martha Laura Granados. I was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico on November 14, 1966. My mother, Andrea is a tough and difficult women and during my childhood with her I developed personality traits known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder or NPD.
During my early 20’s while I was attending College studying psychology, I got involved with a man a few years younger than me and I became pregnant. Obliged by Mexican customs we were soon married which was the beginning of a horribly abusive 17 years long marriage.
I had three sons with this man and in the early 2000’s he was offered a job in Lawrenceville, GA, USA and we all moved. We ended up in a house that was only in his name. Our relationship continued to be reciprocally abusive.
In 2005 I found out that he had been cheating on me and I began to provoke him. My provocations lasted some months and he finally lost his temper and hit me. I asked my son to call the police which he did, and my husband got arrested.
After my husband’s arrest I filed for a Temporary Protective Order so that I could stay in his house with my sons and use his SUV.
He then filed for divorce.
I knew that when the divorce would become final I would have to leave his house. I had no place to go and I didn’t have legal papers to stay in the US.
I discussed my situation with my friends Jacqueline and Abrahan Bauza from Venezuela and a plan came together: I would pretend to be in love with a Legal Resident. I would move in with him. I would deceive him so that he would marry me. Then I would falsely accuse him of Domestic Violence and get into a VAWA shelter. The shelter would help me file a VAWA self-petition for a US Green Card. We would then exploit the US social system paid for by the US tax payer by pretending to be Domestic Violence victims. My sons and I would have the Green Card in no time!
I signed up on the dating site Univision Amor & Amigos http://match.univision.com/
with the screen name April6914. My plan was to start dating American Citizens or Legal Residents. I would pretend to be in love with him. I would move in with him. I would deceive so that he would marry me. Then I would falsely accuse him of Domestic Violence and get into a VAWA-shelter. The shelter would help me file a VAWA self-petition for a US Green Card. We (my sons and I) would then pretend to be Domestic Violence victims and exploit the US social system paid for by the US tax payer. My sons and I will have the Green Card in no time!
After going out with a few victim-candidates that frankly were too disgusting for me to get involved with I finally met Al, an engineer/musician, a quiet, easy-going guy who said he was looking to start a new family. I played the victim role and repeatedly told him I had been abused. I made sure he knew I was interested in him. I called him several times a day and I wrote hundreds of emails to convince him that I am a woman with great values and that I too was looking to start a new family. In order for him to not suspect anything I repeatedly said that I didn’t mind going back to Mexico if things didn’t work out.
In the beginning of 2006 my divorce became final and I moved in with Al. Al took care of everything: Bills, food and all the expenses, schools for my sons and our medical expenses. I continued my act of a woman in love. I also put a lot of efforts into playing the role of the perfect house-wife.
However, acting around the clock is not easy and I started having stomach issues. Again Al took care of everything. Al took me to doctors. Al took me to the emergency room several times. Al got me to a hospital and stayed by my bed before and after the surgery.
Then I broke my leg… and again Al took care of everything. Then I wanted a couple of cosmetic surgeries… again Al took care of everything including the cost.
… and all the while I kept playing the role of a victim, acting as being in love with Al and playing the role of a perfect house-wife.
I pretended to be in love with Al for three whole years. I repeatedly told Al that I dreamed of being his wife. In return Al treated me like a real wife and took excellent care of me and my sons.
At the end of 2008, having known Al for three years I begged him to marry me. My oldest son had gone back to Mexico and I insisted that I needed to visit him there, and for that I would need legal papers. Al, being the good man he is agreed, but not without a pre-nuptial agreement.
I was upset about the pre-nuptial agreement because it would mean I that would not have any rights to any of his assets, but my main goal was to get the Green Card for myself and my sons. At the end of August 2008 we got married.
I immediately started to provoke him. He said he wasn’t happy being married to me but he promised he would not file for divorce, at least not yet. I had to move quickly. I threatened him and told him that if he wouldn’t file a petition for a Green Card for me and my sons I would have him arrested. He made me promise that I would not involve the authorities and filed the Green Card petitions for me and my sons.
I knew that our conditional Green Cards were on the way. I waited until we were married for exactly three months and I took my sons and got to the police station. I filed the first complaint against Al. The police drove me back to Al’s house.
I couple of days later Al filed for divorce. I was served with the divorce papers by the sheriff. I immediately contacted a lawyer. The lawyer explained to me that my only - and best - option was to falsely accuse Al of Domestic Violence.
I began looking for a VAWA funded Domestic Violence shelter. The first couple of shelters I contacted refused to accept me because there had been no physical violence between Al and me.
I finally got in touch with the VAWA service center: The International Women's House, P.O. Box 1327 Decatur, Georgia 30031 Phone: 770-413-5557 Fax: 678-476-6804 eMail: email@example.com
I was then coached by their employee Laura Mora. She told me exactly what I needed to do.
I went back to Al’s house. Then when Al tried to talk to me I told my son to call the police which he did. When the police came to the house I told my son to tell the policeman that Al had called me “stupid”. The policeman wrote it down in the report but he also said that if I called again he would arrest me.
Next I got a hold of the police report and showed it to Laura Mora of the VAWA shelter. She said it was all the proof she needed and admitted me to the shelter. On December 19, 2008 I moved to the shelter driving Al’s SUV.
On December 31, 2008 my sons and I visited my sister and my brother-in law for New Years Eve. Some time later Al arrived to get his SUV back. Al brought a bottle of wine with him which he put on the table and said “Happy New Year!”
I immediately started provoking him again hoping to instigate a violent scene, but Al simply left the house. Al got into his SUV using a spare key and drove it away. I was left without a vehicle which made me really upset. After discussing my situation with Laura Mora and others at the shelter, with the help of a pro-bono attorney at the shelter I filed a petition for a Temporary Protective Order against Al, (falsely) accusing him of Domestic Violence, Rape and Attempted Murder and requesting Al’s SUV. I got the Ex-Parte signed by the judge but I still didn’t get the SUV.
At the court hearing the Judge knew I was lying and dismissed my TPO petition. I had to return the SUV keys to AL.
Even though the Judge determined that my accusations were all lies it didn’t make any difference: The shelter helped me get a professional certification, employment, cash assistance for relocation to the west coast - where we are now receiving many social benefits including free housing and college education… and an express immigration process to obtain a Green Card and US citizenship, all paid for by the US tax payer.
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