Government Makes Huge Mistake - Issues This To High Risk Immigrants

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security found a huge mistake. At least 858 illegal immigrants with pending deportation orders have been mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship.

Inspector General John Roth released a security audit on Monday that showed more than 800 people from 'special interest countries' were accidentally granted citizenship because of a minor oversight. Apparently, those without fingerprints on file with government databases were able to slip through the system.

Another 950 people with deportation orders were naturalized, though it wasn't clear if their fingerprints had been on file or not.

According to the DHS, the findings illustrate the problem with the old paper-based records that cannot be electronically searched. The migration and Customs Enforcement division of DHS were supposed to be updating digital fingerprint files as they tracked down illegal immigrants, but were not consistent. The immigrants were simply able to re-apply under new names and birth dates.

Officials have been uploading the old files into computers, something that was started in the 1990s and had never been completed. According to Roth's report, some 315,0000 illegal immigrants considered to be fugitive criminals have not had their fingerprints added to the federal database.

The U.S. government was aware of the problem since 2008. Customs agents had turned in 206 immigrants seeking citizenship by using false names and information. ICE agents said they stopped pursuing fraud cases because federal prosecutors 'generally did not accept immigration benefits fraud cases.'

Some have criticized a call for putting a hold on immigration until better vetting processes can be put in place, but the recent report demonstrates that it's not just a paranoid concern. There are alarming security consequences of criminal immigrants slipping through cracks in the system with false information.

Roth is recommending a mass review of outstanding cases and fingerprints, as well as making it a priority to add all fingerprints into the database. DHS officials agreed with the recommendations.

Source: KRON 4
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