It goes without saying we could be doing much better when it comes to illegal immigration. Just days ago news broke that the Department of Homeland Security had been been accused of sitting on information showing that the success rate of illegal aliens avoiding deportation is 158 percent higher than the official numbers claim. The DHS claims to catch 80 percent of those trying to illegally cross the border, but sources say the unreleased information shows that half of those who attempt to cross the border succeed. Of course, if crossing the border doesn’t work out for them, they can instead be one of the 482,000 who overstayed their visas last year.
However, what about those who try to apply for citizenship? Who’s minding the store then?
The government is currently so inefficient at preventing questionable people from entering the country that accidental citizenship is now a problem. As Fox News reported (quoting the Associated Press):The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.
DHS officials identified an additional 953 people who had been naturalized despite outstanding deportation orders, though auditors couldn’t determine if those immigrants had digital fingerprints on file or not.
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.
Donald Trump Jr. had the best dry response to the news.
It would be nice to have someone competent in government for a change! Wouldn't it??? https://t.co/7YX9IpA3vY
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
Would it kill the government to be incompetent in a way that benefits U.S. citizens for once, like forgetting to collect my taxes? I won’t hold my breath…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]