How did 800 Deportable Immigrants “Accidently” get Citizenship
The Department of Homeland Security somehow “accidentally” allowed over 800 immigrants, who were to be deported, to get American citizenship according to an internal report released Monday. They were all from “special interest” countries that could pose a security risk.
Now we don’t have to stop them at the border, we just give them citizenship and let them get jobs inside the country. Creating our own sleeper cells. Brilliant!
The beginning of a terrorist nightmare?
The U.S. government mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general says in a report released Monday that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government database.
The immigrants also used different names and dates of birth on their applications for citizenship. Mighty honest of them, wasn’t it? Wonder why they were set for deportation in the first place… maybe criminal records, lying to authorities, false documents…
Inconsistent application of procedures
The gap in fingerprints was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn’t consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.
The government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.
Trusting the govt to keep you safe?
U.S. citizens can apply for security clearances, law enforcement jobs including TSA/FBI/etc. which grants them access to secure areas of airports and other places. The government has once again seriously dropped the ball.
Three of these people had managed to obtain aviation credentials, and another became a law enforcement officer. Though their credentials were revoked, going through over 800 files to do the leg work is going to be daunting.
The DHS is planning to review all the cases and make sure the fingerprints are added to the database. They are also supposed to create a system to evaluate the immigrants that were set to be deported.
Remember this – if you’re still trusting the government to keep you safe, you might want to re-think that plan. The weekend’s terror attacks were committed by “foreign-born” subjects. We may never know whether the perpetrators were among those on this list, but stay aware…and stay alive.