DHS Grants Citizenship to 858 Immigrants Scheduled for Deportation
According to an internal audit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), nearly 858 immigrants slated for deportation because of involvement in immigration fraud and suspicion of national security concerns, were granted US citizenship by mistake.
The Inspector General for DHS discovered applications from immigrants using pseudonyms and fake birthdates filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). Other issues included fingerprints of those persons missing from governmental databases.
In total, three hundred and fifteen thousand immigrants with deportation orders are not recorded in fingerprint databases. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has one hundred and forty-eight thousand immigrants on file without copies of their fingerprints on digital record as well.
Auditors for the IG explained that these immigrants originated in “special interest countries” without naming those nations for clarification.
DHS acknowledged this issue as an on-going problem they have been aware of, but has not remedied. For starters, DHS records are paper-based and not uploaded to digital databases; although the agency admitted to being in the process of scanning “every file” into electronic storage.
Beyond the 858 deportable immigrants found by the IG, DHS admitted to an additional 953 immigrants who had been naturalized.
Contributing to the problem was the Fast and Furious operation, according to unnamed officials for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who announced two years ago that Central Americans crossing the border into the US illegally should be considered refugees “displaced by armed conflict”.
The anonymous officials said they “hope to see movement toward a regional agreement on that status” so that ICE and the US Department of the Interior (DoI) would accept illegal immigrants into the US under the condition that the US is “obligated” to aid refugees.
Thanks to Fast and Furious, Mexican drug cartels were armed, contributing to South American violence for political purposes which was a direct causation to the influx of immigrants (specifically children) to this country in the last few years.
Colorado state congressman Jared Polis wrote an op-ed explaining how the immigration process being privatized explains a great portion of the problems for DHS.
Polis wrote: “The U.S. detains nearly 400,000 immigrants- including asylum-seekers, women, and young children – annually within a combination of over 200 federal, state, and privately-owned facilities. Approximately two-thirds of these detainees are held in private, for-profit detention centers. This lesser-known system of mass incarceration and human suffering costs American taxpayers in excess of $2 billion annually. That is approximately $5.5 million per day, allowing corporations to profit significantly from jailing vulnerable populations.”
With the majority of these facilities in contractual agreements with DHS, there are built in incentives to incarcerate as many immigrants as possible thanks to the use of “tiered-pricing”. Polis wrote: “Tiered pricing provisions clearly incentivize the detention of the greatest number of immigrants – and thereby the greatest profits – above humanitarian and due process considerations, or meaningfully addressing our broken immigration system.”
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