Only two days ago it was reported that over 800 people had been erroneously granted citizenship. Don’t ask me how that is even possible though incompetence seems to be viewed by Obama as a feature, not a bug, of his administration. And it seems to be a pattern in Democrat administrations:
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno said Tuesday that the Clinton administration awarded citizenship to at least 168 immigrants last year who had been convicted of felonies that should have disqualified them.
That number could grow by several hundred or thousands once a Justice Department audit is completed, administration officials said.
The figures Reno gave a House panel Tuesday result from a review of 10,800 people who were arrested for felonies but who were granted citizenship anyway between August 1995 and September 1996. Auditors have reviewed 9,500 of the 10,800 cases. While the 168 wrongly naturalized immigrants represent fewer than 2 percent of the felony arrests, they are eight times the number of people whose citizenship is normally revoked in a year.
Yesterday, we were told the number was actually 1,800. And now, we know even more:
This is sure to get the anti-immigrant crowd riled up. A new Inspector General’s report found that the U.S. government mistakenly gave citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who were supposed to be deported or came from countries with high rates of immigration fraud.
The immigrants with questionable backgrounds were not identified by name but reportedly all came from “special interest countries.” Those countries include those that pose a national security concern to America.
In addition, the auditors found that 953 people had been naturalized despite having outstanding deportation orders. What’s even more troubling is that the audit by DHS Inspector General John Roth found fingerprints missing from the federal database for 315,000 immigrants. According to the AP, at least three of the immigrants who were mistakenly granted citizenship were able to get jobs with aviation or transportation credentials, allowing them access to secure areas. Those credentials were revoked after it was discovered they got citizenship improperly.
So this isn’t like there were nearly 2,000 people who were going to eventually become citizens anyway who became citizens a little faster. Nope. These were people who were never going to be citizens.
It is hard to write this level of buffoonery off to mere incompetence. The fact that these people were mostly from countries with rampant terrorism and that many of them had deportation orders smells more like SJW run amok in the bureaucracy.