The following press release was issued to media today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney Robert Amsterdam today released a video address calling on U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to take decisive action and investigate the H1-B visa fraud being committed by the organization overseen by the fugitive cleric Fethullah Gülen. In Turkey, the Gülen organization has been labeled a ‘terrorist organization’ based on its attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government of Turkey in 2013.
The Gülen organization has exported its subversive tactics to the United States and now control one of largest networks of charter schools in the United States. In recent years more than 5,000 Turkish males have obtained H1-B “highly skilled” worker visas to teach at more than 150 public schools run by cleric Fethullah Gülen across 26 U.S. states.
The mass importation of Turkish nationals comes at the expense of local U.S. educators, who are allegedly unable to fill math and science teaching positions at these charter schools. In violation of labor laws, many of the Turkish teachers are threatened with deportation unless they agree to kick back part of their salary to the Gülen movement. All Turkish teachers working at Gülen charter schools are evaluated not on the basis of their teaching skills, but are awarded with higher pay based on a points system related to their indoctrination of students as future members of the Gülen organization.
Amsterdam and the Republic of Turkey have launched an international investigation into Gülen over charges that he’s shipped unqualified teachers into the U.S. to educate American students through the H1-B visa program – a blatant abuse of immigration law – among other illegal activities.
Mr. Amsterdam remarked “Secretary Johnson, Fethullah Gülen is a threat to U.S. national security interests. The Gülen organization is inside the homeland and indoctrinating our children.” He went on to say, “The Department of Homeland Security needs to launch an immediate investigation into this blatant abuse of our H1-B visa program.”
This material is distributed by Amsterdam & Partners on behalf of the Republic of Turkey. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.