Monday, September 19, 2016

OIG: Incomplete Fingerprint Data Means Potentially Inelliglble Folks Naturalized


Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records is the headline of the DHS/OIG September 8, 2016 report that has been garnering media attention today. (See, e.g., Fox, WaPo, CBS).

"USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization process, their digital fingerprint records were not available," the report starts. The report cites a failure to digitize older records.

This is certainly going to show up as a talking point for Trump, who loves to say, in connection with immigration, "we don't know who they are." In these cases, apparently, the U.S., in fact, did not.


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