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House Republican raises concerns over immigration fraud

A top Republican is pressuring the Obama administration to investigate thousands of immigrants who may have gained access to the United States under false pretenses.

In a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, House Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE (R-Va.) complained of massive immigration fraud, to which he argued the Department of Justice (DOJ) had turned a blind eye.

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At issue are about 3,700 immigrants who were granted asylum in the United States, though critics say they may not have faced persecution in their home countries. According to a December 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office, these immigrants are connected to lawyers who were convicted of making false asylum claims.

But the DOJ has refused to investigate many of these immigrants, which Goodlatte said is “simply outrageous."

Goodlatte demanded the DOJ investigate these immigrants and revoke the asylum of those who filed false claims.

“Immigration fraud is not a trivial matter,” Goodlatte wrote.

"As the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, you, above all others, should be the most vigilant protector of the rights of those who suffer most from asylum fraud – the bona fide asylum seekers, whose claims are stymied by a bureaucratic process that seemingly rewards wrongdoers and cheaters,” he added.