Just days after the Obama administration leaked plans to admit 57% more refugees in 2017 compared to 2015, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, John Roth, released a memo highlighting how the U.S. government mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from “countries of concern to national security” who had pending deportation orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but, according to the Associated Press, 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.
Per the DHS release:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization process, their digital fingerprint records…
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