Homeland Security

Incomplete Fingerprint Records May Have Helped Criminals Gain Citizenship

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may have granted citizenship to at least 858 people who had been ordered to be removed, but who were using different names, a new report from DHS’ Office of the Inspector General. While USCIS protocol requires the adjudicator to check applicants’ fingerprints, in both DHS’ and the FBI’s digital repositories, neither of those databases had all the old fingerprint records for those candidates, the OIG report said. Paper fingerprint records used before 2008 weren’t digitized, OIG found, meaning about 148,000 fingerprints belonging to individuals who were supposed to be deported, or who were criminals or fugitives, aren’t in those repositories.”

Source: Incomplete Fingerprint Records May Have Helped Criminals Gain Citizenship – Nextgov.com

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