U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna is creating a new office tasked with uncovering newly admitted Americans who may have used false identities on applications for citizenship. The new division of USCIS will be housed in and under purview of the Los Angeles field office.
To tackle thousands of potential cases, Cissna has added dozens of attorneys and immigration agents to sift through reams of paperwork, sort and identify discrepancies, and send findings to the Department of Justice to revoke naturalization and potentially prosecute and penalize offenders.Credit: REUTERS -Rick Wilking
It’s a tall order in what should be seen as unfriendly territory for USCIS, to say the least, with a tumultuous border crossing at Tijuana just three short hours away.
Yet Cissna’s people seem ready for the task and serious in the hunt to root out illegals, as he stated in an interview with the Associated Press:
“We finally have a process in place to get to the bottom of all these bad cases and start denaturalizing people who should not have been naturalized in the first place. What we’re looking at, when you boil it all down, is potentially a few thousand cases.”
The process of denaturalization is exceedingly rare; yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in pursuit of several high-profile cases.
One such instance involved a visa-lottery winner, Sudanese native Mubarak Ahmed Hamed, who lied about his illegal activities on his application for naturalization. Hamed was indicted on 41 counts of money laundering and conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Iraq sanctions after being naturalized.
Better late than never.
And then we have these five upstanding citizens: Ricardo De Leon, 32; Christian Oribello Eguilos, 40; Carlos Noe Gallegos, 41; Alwin Farouk Gariba, 51; Moises Javier Lopez, 42. All child molesters that squeezed through the cracks between 2000 and 2013, but they’re soon to be deported back to their home country.
Just a thought: Trump may have been right after all in select cases.
But enemies and combatants come from all nations, and with the war on terror a seemingly never-ending battle, this catch by the Justice Department in 2017 might just take the cake, as Daily Caller reported:
“Egyptian-born Khaled Abu Dahab, 57, confessed to being a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an al-Qaida affiliate, and said he had personal to Osama Bin Laden.
Dahab told U.S. investigators he ran a communications hub for the terrorist network from his apartment in Santa Clara, California. He also recruited ties Americans to join al-Qaida, a job he did so well that he received congratulations from Bin Laden himself.”
Leftists can complain all they want about this latest effort by the Trump administration to keep Americans safe in their own country, but conservatives need to take a long, hard look at the lackadaisical policies and globalization goals of the president’s predecessors. It is a shameful legacy that the current administration must overcome. The way to do this is by targeting the thousands of culprits who have lied, stolen, and cheated a way into the most bountiful, generous, and compassionate country in the world.
It’s past time to secure our borders, but this is a good first step.
The message to obstructionists on immigration is clear: Do your job if you want any hope of surviving this election cycle.