Justice Department attorneys are preparing to file several complaints against unauthorized immigrants who obtained U.S. citizenship after being ordered for removal, a process that has stalled for months while the agency has been forced to address lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.
The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general revealed last September that more than 1,000 immigrants residing in the U.S. were erroneously granted citizenship after applying with different names or birthdates. The stunning error was partly due to the government’s failure to maintain updated fingerprint records.
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President Trump blasted the revelation at the time, telling supporters at a campaign rally last fall, “we made them citizens and they were getting ready for deportation.”
“Can’t have it,” Trump said.
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