More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

by Associated Press  |  published on September 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — 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.

DHS said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials — old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can’t be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review “every file” identified as a case of possible fraud.

  • Bill7360

    How many Airplane ( 400 +)loads is Barry sneaking into the U.S. and going to Training Camps for Muslims. Someone pays for these camps. Are we paying for people who want to kill us??

    • shamu9

      In a Word-Yes! I hadn’t thought that he could be sending them to the 36+ Moslem training Camps, to avoid our detection! One in N.Y. state. is named ‘Islamville’!

  • Chuck

    This was not a mistake. This was a deliberate act to provide citizenship to those who will vote Democrat and not assimilate into our society. All the law abiding persons taking the hard road to citizenship must be appalled. We, as a nation, have become no better than the third world dictatorships. Corrupt to the bone. Let us hope Trump is elected and cleans house in D.C. It is really dirty.

  • Rodney Steward

    Well, when all the top officials of HLS are appointed muslim, how could this be a mistake, and just proof of how bad this tribe hates this country, and more gutter dwelling rats that we have to rid this country of! I’ll say it over and over, Obama has been setting this country up for 8 long years!

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    This whole government is incompetent, FIRE THEM ALL!!! Remove their pensions and SCREEN every new job applicant to see if they actually have critical thinking skills and are not rabid party politics people!

    Revise the immigration paperwork, make it all in person with a lawyer, proper ID, fingerprints, biometrics and dna AND application fees. Knowledge test to be in English, must know American history.

    EVEN AFTER granted citizenship-there should be a 5 yr waiting period before they are allowed to vote! Our natural borns have an 18 yr waiting period!

    • ItsJo

      Agree w/you 100%………..they MUST GET THIS ‘ERROR?’ CORRECTED, LET’S SEE “IF THEY CAN FIND THEM”………THEY WANT THEIR VOTES, SO I WOULD GUESS………NO. SO CORRUPT!

  • Janis

    I am sure Obama and Hillary are ecstatic.

    • ItsJo

      Planned, Oops!

  • CBUJAN

    This is what happens when the government does anything, they can’t get anything right. So much for there vetting system, Trump is right.

  • pananjali06

    There was no mistake here – everything they do is intentional – especially during our general elections so that they will gain 800 plus votes for their Dem.party. Shame such carelessness is rampant in every department of this administration.

    • ItsJo

      Crooked to the CORE……Corrupt to the CORE…….Liars…to the CORE!

  • This is really great,let the useless politicians in Washington especially the losers in the White house get some more terrorists on the streets.I wish there was term limits for all politicians and maybe they would not stay in office forever from the losers that put them there.

  • shamu9

    Yeah, The Man with the Made Up ‘Knickker’ Name, “Jeh’s” Johnson![ Does that mean he’s a “Rick”?[ Is doing a Fine Job ain’t he??

  • me

    Mistakenly granted citizenship?? No there was “NO” mistake. They know exactly what they are doing.

    • ItsJo

      Agree. How EFFING Stupid is this “Crooked Gov’t of Obama’s”? VERY

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    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      Absolutely agree with you, and the proof of that will be that this “mistaken” citizen-ship won’t be revoked.

    • Dolores Adams

      Exactly.

  • Stephen Howe

    This is exactly the sort of specific debate item Trump should HAMMER Hillary with!

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