More than 800 Criminal Immigrants mistakenly granted US Citizenship
– Yahoo News
IG’s report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals.
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
DHS said in an emailed statement that an initial review of these cases suggest that some of the individuals may have ultimately qualified for citizenship, and that the lack of digital fingerprint records does not necessarily mean they committed fraud.
The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.”
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Report: 858 People Got US Citizenship When They Should Have Been Deported
– Daily Caller
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals who had been ordered deported or removed under another identity, a report released Monday found.
The individuals had been previously deported and had again entered the U.S. illegally, giving authorities a different name when they were obtained. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, these individuals were not flagged by the digital fingerprint repositories at DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation because paper-based fingerprint cards used before 2008 were not reliably digitized and uploaded into the repository.
About 148,000 fingerprint records of illegal aliens from special interest countries who had final deportation orders or who are criminals or fugitives have not been digitized and uploaded to a repository, according to the report.
The FBI repository is missing these records because fingerprint records collected from immigration enforcement encounters were not consistently sent to the bureau.
The inspector general found out that at least three individuals who became naturalized citizens after deportation under another name had received credentials “to conduct security-sensitive work at commercial airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Since being identified, all have had their credentials revoked.”
DHS has also investigated “very few” of these persons to find out if they should be denaturalized or criminally prosecuted, the report noted.
“This situation created opportunities for individuals to gain the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship through fraud,” said Inspector General John Roth. “To prevent fraud and ensure thorough review of naturalization applications, USCIS needs access to these fingerprint records.”
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Trump on terrorists: ‘We’re allowing these people to come in’
– The Hill
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday warned about the consequences of not being allowed to profile to prevent terrorism.
“We’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people. We’re allowing these people to come in,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.”
“We don’t want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person … because, if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break.”
In June, the GOP nominee said the U.S. needs to start looking into the use of profiling to stop terrorism.
He said he doesn’t like the concept, but it may be necessary.
“Other countries do it. You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully,” he said during a June interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
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