More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

US has granted American citizenship by mistake to at least 858 immigrants, who had deportation orders and they were from countries that represent a serious threat to the national security, reports Associated Press.

The problem is that citizenship is a ticket to voting, along with the federal government's determined war against any type of voter verification procedure.

"The fact that fingerprint records in these cases may have been incomplete at the time of the naturalization interview does not necessarily mean that the applicant was in fact granted naturalization, or that the applicant obtained naturalization fraudulently", the spokesman noted. The FBI repository is also missing records, because in the past, fingerprints collected by immigration officials were not always forwarded to the agency.

"Incomplete digital fingerprint records hinder adjudicators' full review of naturalization applications and may lead to USCIS granting the rights and privileges of USA citizenship to those who may be ineligible or may be trying to obtain citizenship fraudulently", the DHS inspector general's office said in a statement.

The report said there are still about 150,000 immigrants ineligible for citizenship - with orders for deportation or criminal convictions - whose fingerprints have not been added to the system.

It is believed the blip occurred as the old paper records were not added to fingerprint databases and ICE, the agency responsible for deporting illegal immigrants, did not consistently add digital fingerprint records to immigrants whom agents found since 2010.

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report said there are still "about 148,000 older fingerprint records that have not been digitized of aliens with final deportation orders or who are criminals or fugitives".

Illegal immigrants from Guatemala, who were deported from the USA, wait while collecting their belongings from immigration officers processing their re-entry at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, August 14, 2014.

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.

The problem became apparent after department employees working on citizenship applications did not have access to fingerprint records of some individuals, according to the audit. An additional 26 cases have been declined.

At least three of those who were mistakenly granted citizenship were able to use their citizenship to get jobs in security-sensitive fields, including work at commercial airports and maritime facilities.

DHS officials have agreed to implement the recommendations of the report.



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