Talk about a whoops.
And just wait and see: The latest federal government mess-up over immigration is going to prove a big boon for one candidate on the presidential campaign trail – and it’s not Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press has the story: “The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit.”
And for Trump, who’s run a campaign into the positive poll numbers on a vow to clamp down on illegal immigration and secure the borders, the devastating government error is nonetheless a boon for his White House aspirations.
“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,” AP reported.
Homeland Security also assured that not all the immigrants necessarily committed fraud – some could have actually qualified for citizenship. At the same time, Inspector General John Roth’s auditors came to an alarming conclusion.
“[The] auditors said [the immigrants] 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,” AP reported.
Congressional members issued scathing words of criticism against the Obama administration, saying the White House ought to kick off an immediate investigation and make sure the same mistakes can’t happen again.
Trump, meanwhile, issued a statement of condemnation against the White House, underscoring his own plans to vet immigrants and tighten the border.
“Revelations that the Obama administration wrongly granted citizenship to over 800 immigrants … puts this weekend’s attacks in a broader perspective,” he said, in a written statement. “The safety and security of the homeland must be the overriding objective of our leaders when it comes to our immigration policy.”