Report: 175 Immigrants Approved for Citizenship Without FBI Name Check

Citizenship and immigration-services Panel AP

The Obama administration approved 175 foreign-born individuals for citizenship despite skipping an FBI name check that could have disqualified them, forcing the government to stop all naturalization ceremonies in late November.

The Washington Times reports that the 175 aliens had to resubmit their names to the FBI, in order to ensure that they did not pose a national security threat or have a criminal past:

In the internal email, Daniel M. Renaud, associate director at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, ordered all officers “not to approve or oath any naturalization cases in ELIS,” referring to the Electronic Immigration System that serves as the case management system for processing applications.

“At this point we are not confident that proper FBI Name Checks have been run on certain ELIS cases. At this point we are uncertain of the scope of the problem,” he wrote…

Homeland Security said the problem arose as part of the ongoing push to digital processing of citizenship applications. Some 15,000 applications were affected, including about 175 people who had their applications approved despite not having an accurate name check, the department said.

Earlier this year, an internal audit revealed the Obama administration granted 1,811 aliens with final removal orders, from terror-linked countries, citizenship instead of deporting them, because their digital fingerprint records “were not available.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not consistently log the digital fingerprints of apprehended illegal aliens until 2010. Federal prosecutors have repeatedly declined criminal cases to strip the aliens of their citizenship.

The Obama administration has also shut down the whistleblower program that uncovered the massive fraud as illegals re-applied for citizenship with different names and birthdays.

“Fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals,” the Associated Press reports. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.”

Immigration into the U.S. stands at extreme, record-high levels, with roughly 43 million foreign-born residing in the U.S., and with the government importing one alien or immigrant for every two Americans born in 2015.


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