the U.S. Department of Justice filed denaturalization lawsuits against
five individuals who, according to the Department’s complaints,
unlawfully procured their U.S. citizenship by concealing sexual abuse of
minor victims during the naturalization process. The civil complaints
were filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, the
Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of Texas (two
cases), and the Southern District of Texas.
in any immigration matter undermines the integrity of our immigration
system, and is a betrayal of the American people’s generosity,” said
Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is especially appalling when it also
involves the sexual abuse of children. The Department of Justice has a
duty to prosecute these crimes vigorously, particularly so for
individuals who commit fraud in the naturalization process. I am
confident that justice will be done in these cases, and I want to thank
ICE, CBP, USCIS, our Civil Division, and our U.S. Attorneys’ offices for
their hard work. This Department will continue to fight to denaturalize
immigration fraudsters and to protect the American people from sex
The cases were
referred to the Department of Justice by the Department of Homeland
Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and
Border Protection with investigative support from U.S. Citizenship and
“I commend the DHS
personnel working diligently to remove dangerous criminals from our
streets,” said Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Elaine Duke. “Those who unlawfully procured citizenship by concealing
crimes – especially sexual abuse of minors – should have their
Immigration and Nationality Act, the citizenship of a naturalized U.S.
citizen may be revoked, and his or her certificate of naturalization
canceled, if naturalization was illegally procured or procured by
concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation.
defendants committed crimes of sexual abuse of minor victims prior to
naturalizing. As the civil complaints allege, such crimes rendered the
defendants ineligible for citizenship from the start. By willfully
concealing child sexual abuse crimes, the defendants also independently
rendered themselves subject to denaturalization.
A description of each of the five cases and the allegations of the United States follows:
Jorge Luis Alvarado
Alvarado, 56, a native of Mexico, naturalized on March 9, 2000. Shortly
before filing his naturalization application, Alvarado made unlawful
sexual contact with a sixteen-year-old child. In March 2007, he pleaded
guilty in Texas state court to committing indecency with a child by
sexual contact, a second-degree felony. Alvarado was ordered to
community supervision and to register as a sex offender. He has been
residing in southern Texas. United States of America v. Jorge Luis
Alvarado (S.D. Tex.).
Alberto Mario Beleno
Beleno, 64, a native of Colombia, naturalized on Feb. 26, 2001. Before
Beleno naturalized as a U.S. citizen, he committed lewd and lascivious
acts on a six-year-old child. In 2001, less than three months after he
naturalized, Beleno was arrested and ultimately pleaded
guilty/nolo-contendere in Florida state court to committing felony lewd
and lascivious exhibition and felony lewd and lascivious molestation on a
minor in 1993 and 1994. Beleno was ordered to register as a sex
offender for his conduct. His last known residence in the United States
is in Miami, Florida. United States of America v. Alberto Mario Beleno
Eleazar Corral Valenzuela
Valenzuela, 49, a native of Mexico, naturalized on June 15, 2000. Prior
to applying to naturalize, he sexually abused a minor child. In November
2000, after he had naturalized, Corral pleaded guilty in Illinois state
court to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. He was
ordered to register as a sex offender. He has been residing in Aurora,
Illinois. United States of America v. Eleazar Corral Valenzuela (N.D.
Herrera-Gonzalez, 55, a native of Mexico, naturalized on Sept. 25, 1999.
On Jan. 1, 1996, before he filed his naturalization application,
Herrera-Gonzalez sexually assaulted and injured a six-year-old child. He
filed his naturalization application in September 1996, nine months
after the sexual assault. On July 8, 2002, after he naturalized,
Herrera-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in Texas state court to committing
bodily injury to a child, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to
five years in prison. He has been residing in Arlington, Texas. United
States of America v. Moises Herrera-Gonzalez (N.D. Tex.).
Emmanuel Olugbenga Omopariola
Omopariola, 60, a native of Nigeria, naturalized on July 1, 2004. Before
he filed his naturalization application in May 2003, Omopariola made
unlawful sexual contact with a seven-year-old child. In 2015, after he
naturalized, Omopariola pleaded guilty in Texas state court to Indecency
with a Child – Sexual Contact, a second-degree felony. He was ordered
to five years of community supervision and placed on the sex offender
registry. He has been residing in Grand Prairie, Texas. United States of
America v. Emmanuel Olugbenga Omopariola (N.D. Tex.).
were investigated by ICE, CBP, and USCIS, and the Civil Division’s
Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS).
These cases are being prosecuted by OIL-DCS and its National Security
and Affirmative Litigation Unit (NS/A Unit) with support from the U.S.
Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of Florida, Northern
District of Illinois, Northern District of Texas, and Southern District
The claims made in the complaint are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.