Dr Hilamani Hansen, whose company is being investigated by FBI for an alleged immigration scam, has threatened church leaders and overstayers in the United States he will release their names to US Homeland Security.
The Tongan owner of the controversial organization Americans Helping America made the threat, which he called a “Raid announcement” on his PNT television programme yesterday (January 13).
He said his office would hold a meeting on January 31 for its clients in California and demanded they all attend it.
“If you do not do that. We will gonna go down and gonna list all the pastors and ministers that are not in this meeting or come to this meeting and also their congregation and those that are not legal in this country then we have to hand over this list to the homeland security”, Hansen told viewers.
Hansen, who claims to have more than five million clients from Sacramento to Marin County in California, as well as Tonga and Fiji, claimed his company could get illegal immigrants their US citizenship if they paid him $5000 to $10,000 each.
He claimed he could do this under a programme he called Americans Helping America (AHA), under which it has claimed that illegal adult immigrants could get US citizenship if they were adopted by US citizens.
A US immigration attorney told Sacramento-based KCRA television news it was a “scam” as no one in the United State could get US citizenship through adult adoption law.
A number of Tongans in the United States told Kaniva News they paid thousands of dollar to Hansen’s company, but later withdrew because they kept being asked for more money, but did not get their citizenship.
FBI under search warrant entered Hansen’s Office in Sacramento and seized computers and office documents.
It has been revealed that the FBI has been investigating the company since February 2015 after they received complaints from clients of Hansen. They were looking for evidence of possible mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud undocumented immigrants.
Yesterday, in an occasionally incoherent speech, which Kaniva News has transcribed verbatim, Hansen told people watching his PNT Television programme he and his company had not done anything illegal.
“As you know the Americans Helping America Chamber of Commerce has been attacked by a false complaint that put the American Helping America that battle there for a while,” Dr Hansen told viewers.
“I need you to understand this. We are not doing anything against the law. We are not doing anything against the people,” Hansen said.
“But if you are not coming in and come clean so we can help you then we have no choice but to give your name and your list thing, hand over to the Homeland Security so they can be able to look out and can be able to check you out yourself”, Hansen warned viewers in the 12 minute programme which was later uploaded to Youtube.
“This meeting is to try to help everybody and also try to locate people who come from different churches so we know who you are and what church you come from and who supporting this programme,” he said.
Hansen claimed his company was associated with 5.5 million people whose immigration status in the United States was “illegal” or “undocumented.”
“We have opened our doors now for four years for everybody from adoption to immigration to all kind of things gonna help everybody, but it’s entirely up to you
“So I am asking you very kindly please come in on that day we gonna prepare whole different assistance and help to make sure you are protected and safe. I guarantee that to you. I will make sure that you are protected and safe with all the legal paper works and documents that can help you and assist you and identify you.
“If you don’t want to come and say for example you do not believe in what I am saying that is fine with me.
“But this is first, number one I will tell you this. If you do not come to this meeting then we know you do not want to stay here in America. This is basically what you are saying. If you don’t come to this meeting meaning you don’t want to stay here in America.
“You don’t want to follow the rules you do not want to follow anything.
“It gives us the chamber of commerce the right that we can be able to start sending list of people who do not want to be in America to the Homeland Security because we have been ordered by the Homeland Security to release all list of people that are around in our chamber of commerce.
“Secondly I am talking to the pastors, ministers, chief of tribes whatever in the Pacific Islands or any other countries that they have other people that are controlling a group of people and organisation leaders.
“I want you guys to listen very carefully. The leaders please encourage your people to come to this meeting and make sure your people come to this meeting. So they can get the help they can get”.
“We are not breaking the law. We are not doing anything wrong, we just want to obey the law of this country as we a chamber of commerce.
“So I am warning you ministers and pastors and all these people. If you are holding these people undocumented illegal people for any other purpose of making money out of that than it gonna be worse for yourself and also what you are doing than it become a scamming problem for you because that is not how it supposed to be.
“I am warning you because we trying to help the people but the people are holding back because some of you don’t believe and do not want to be part of it,”
Dr Hansen has promoted adult adoption for non-US citizens to several ethnic communities. A number of his videos have been uploaded to Youtube.
The main points
- Dr Hilamani Hansen, whose company is being investigated by FBI for an alleged immigration scam, has threatened church leaders and overstayers in the United States he will release their names to US Homeland Security.
- The Tongan owner of the controversial organization America Help Americans made the threat, which he called a “Raid announcement” on his PNT television programme yesterday (January 13.
- Hansenclaimed his company could get illegal adult immigrants their US citizenship if they were adopted by US citizens.
- A US immigration attorney told Sacramento-based KCRA television news it was a “scam” as no one in the United State could get US citizenship through adult adoption law.
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