It was a single word in Monday’s reports about how the federal government had given citizenship to 858 illegal immigrants from various countries that cause concern over national security – or “with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders,” that caught the attention of William Gheen, of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
It was the word that the government “mistakenly” took the action.
As in AP’s report that, “The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants…”
“The main issue was the claim in the article, the assumption that this was accidental,” Gheen told WND on Monday. “Don’t believe this is accidental. There’s no reason we should believe any of this is accidental. They are intentionally letting people in this country who are dangerous.”
The AP said the action was found by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. That report explained the immigrants used “different names or brithdates” to apply for citizenship with the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The discrepancies simply weren’t caught because the applicants’ fingerprints were missing from databases.
Inspector General John Roth’s auditors told the agency they were from “special interest countries,” which include those that raise national security concerns in the United States. Or from nearby countries with common immigration fraud.
Neither the individuals nor the countries involved were identified.
Roth’s report said “fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.”
It’s apparently because Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is supposed to find and deport illegal aliens, didn’t add the fingerprint records in a timely way.
The report said two criminal cases were launched because of the mishandling of the information, but prosecutors would not even take another 26 cases.
But the report raised the specter that a number of the people “have acquired security clearances, jobs of public trust or other security credentials.”
AP said, “At least three of the immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, granting them access to secure areas in airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Their credentials were revoked after they were identified as having been granted citizenship improperly, Roth said in his report.”
One of the individuals even has become a law enforcement officer.
Gheen, whose organization has been integral to the dissemination of information about the dangers of amnesty for illegal aliens, and opposes that through advocacy for secure borders, employer crackdowns, removing incentives for being illegal and enforcement of existing laws, said Washington’s establishment, in both parties, is responsible for the problem.
“Obama has been providing almost direct access through illegal immigration,” he said, “and Muslim refugee resettlement programs.”
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.
“Our enemies are allowed to walk freely among us,” he said. “They can choose the time of their attack at leisure.”