Visas for Sale

The FBI has launched an investigation into the illegal selling of visas by officials in the busiest U.S. foreign consulate. NPR has learned the investigation centers on high-ranking officers at the consulate in Juarez, Mexico. It follows the conviction of Arcelia Betansis in federal court in El Paso, Texas. Betansis — a consular official — helped nearly 500 people get visas between 1998 and 1999. In return, she received cash, loans and gifts. The visas-for-sale scheme was uncovered when federal officials broke up a major drug-smuggling operation. NPR's John Burnett reports.

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