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GOP chairman wants details on immigration ‘failure’

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is demanding the Obama administration hand over details on more than 800 immigrants who were mistakenly granted citizenship
 
Johnson sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday, saying he has “serious concerns” about an inspector general report that found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted citizenship to at least 858 individuals who were ordered to be deported or removed under another identity. 
 
{mosads}”This failure represents a significant risk to America’s national security as these naturalized individuals have access to serve in positions of public trust and the ability to obtain security clearances and sponsor other aliens’ entry into the United States,” Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in the letter. 
 
He added that, without changes, “our national security may be jeopardized by an inability to adequately assess whether foreign nationals pose a security risk.” 
 
According to the watchdog report, the immigrants were able to get approval because their digital fingerprints were not included in DHS or FBI databases. Not including older fingerprint records, the Wisconsin Republican warned, means immigrants could try “to obtain U.S. citizenship fraudulently.” 
 
Johnson wants his department to disclose the number of civil and criminal cases opened against any of the 858 immigrants, as well as details on 90 investigations closed by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since March 2015 and another 32 cases opened since then. 
 
He also wants to know how many immigrants who were mistakenly given U.S. citizenship have gone on to obtain a security clearance, serve in “a position of public trust” or helped obtain immigrant status for a foreign national, and what steps ICE has taken to fully digitize its fingerprint records.
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