A Judge Revoked a Man's Status as a Naturalized Citizen

Justice Department Revokes Naturalized Citizenship, Citing Fingerprint Issue

For first time, Justice Dept. yanks naturalized citizenship in new 'Operation Janus' crackdown

"The Justice Department will continue to use every tool to protect the integrity of our nation's immigration system, including the use of civil denaturalization".

Singh, a 43-year-old resident of Carteret, New Jersey, had married a US citizen and received citizenship in 2006.

Singh's attorney could not be immediately reached.

After the naturalised status of the Indian man was revoked, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna said, "I hope this case, and those to follow, send a loud message that attempting to fraudulently obtain US citizenship will not be tolerated".

In 2016, the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Homeland Security found that 858 people had been granted citizenship despite having been previously ordered deported or removed under another identity because their digital fingerprints were not available.

DHS has warned that "as long as the older fingerprint records have not been digitized and included in the repositories, USCIS risks making naturalization decisions without complete information and, as a result, naturalizing additional individuals who may be ineligible for citizenship or who may be trying to obtain USA citizenship fraudulently".

Singh's denaturalization is part of a "growing body of cases" referred to the Justice Department by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the department said, without providing a figure. Those cases include background checks that were used in the naturalization process, officials said.

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But he arrived in the United States in 1991, flying into San Francisco without travel documents or proof of identity, giving his name as Davinder Singh, the Justice Department said.

Reportedly, the first Indian to face such an action, the authorities believe that the former Indian citizen Baljinder Singh alias Davinder Singh entered United States by marrying a USA citizen and then later, acquired American citizenship through fraudulent means.

According to court documents, the Justice Department and USCIS allege Singh, Parvez Manzoor Khan in Florida, and Rashid Mahmood in CT obtained their naturalized citizenship "by fraud".

He was placed in exclusion proceedings, but failed to appear for his immigration court hearing and was ordered excluded and deported on January 7, 1992, federal prosecutors said.

USCIS has said it intends to refer an additional 1,600 such cases for prosecution, according to the Justice Department.

Operation Janus does not bode well for the thousands of immigrants who have had to navigate the U.S.' complicated, lengthy, and costly immigration system. He has been living in Carteret, New Jersey. He claimed to be Davinder Singh, as per PTI report. His status has now been reverted to be a green card holder and that makes him open to deportation based on the Department of Homeland Security's discretion, the Justice Department said.

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