Breaking News: DHS Granted Citizenship To 800 Illegal Immigrants Set To Be Deported:
DHS granted citizenship to 800 illegal immigrants set to be deported. Some of the 800 illegal immigrants were from countries of concern. According to an internet audit conducted in November, 2015 only released on Monday the Department of Homeland Security did not have the 800 illegal immigrant’s fingerprints.
The DHS Inspector General reported that these illegal immigrants used different names and birth dates to apply for citizenship with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration status. 858 illegal immigrants were from special interest countries or neighboring countries who had high rates of immigration fraud.
According to this audit conducted in November, 2015 they have also found 953 more who had final deportation orders under another identity who had already been naturalized. Again, some of whom were from countries of concern.
Certainly, this information compounds the problem with the department of US Citizenship and Immigration. Obviously, there is going to be a great deal of concern regarding these alarming findings now turned into statistics for a debunked non-workable system.
After this weekend’s multiple terrorist attacks, the general public is on high alert and this raises high concerns and questions the procedures and process in place for identifying illegal immigrants from countries of concern.
First, you have the problem of not properly identifying illegal immigrants through the system. Secondly, granting naturalization to illegal immigrants who were identified to be deported. Thirdly, these illegal immigrants fingerprints were not in the system and therefore were able to come back with different names and birth dates. Question: Were the fingerprints not taken? or “Did they not process the fingerprints into the current system.”
There is a huge overall problem of not being able to control the information of immigrants who come into this country illegally, at least not through the current database tracking system in place. This raises another big concern for current and future refugees allowed into this country. If DHS and US Citizenship and Immigration division are not able to identify and track illegal immigration statuses then we are much less equipped to conduct proper vetting systems in place to identify and track future terrorists. The Department indicated that the discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
DHS Inspector General John Roth also found fingerprints missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.
“This situation created opportunities for individuals to gain the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship through fraud,” Roth said. “To prevent fraud and ensure thorough review of naturalization applications, USCIS needs access to these fingerprint records.”
Roth added that DHS has agreed to the recommendations made in the audit and that ICE has plans to “review the eligibility of each naturalized citizen whose fingerprint records reveal a deportation order under a different identity.”
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.