An internal Homeland Security audit released on Monday has revealed that the U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries with high rates of immigration fraud that were due to be deported or removed to the U.S. Immigrants were able to apply for citizenship using other people’s names and birth dates without being caught due to missing fingerprints from a government database.
The Department of Homeland Security blames the influx of potentially dangerous immigrants on outdated paper records. They claim that fingerprints from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI were never uploaded to current databases. The fingerprints of as many as 315,00 immigrants have not been uploaded to current databases. Many of these immigrants are fugitive criminals. Despite their backgrounds they were approved to enter the country due to the missing information.
The report shows that at least three of these immigrants turned citizens were able to obtain jobs in aviation or transportation. Meaning they were able to gain access to secured areas in major airports. These three immigrants had their credentials revoked on the premise of obtaining citizenship improperly.
Investigators are currently only handling 32 cases at this time. The report states that only 90 investigations have been closed and another 26 have been denied. According to the report hundreds of immigrants could be living in the United States and operating under false identities at this time.
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for finding these immigrants and deporting them if necessary.