The federal government has issued 19,000 green cards in the last three years that were duplicates or that containued inacurrate information, alarming the Homeland Security inspector general to the point where the office issued a warning of the security risk American citizens now face.
“In the wrong hands, Green Cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and illegal aliens to remain in the United States and access immigration benefits,” the IG report said, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
In addition, the errors are costing taxpayers big – to the tune of $1.5 million in 2015 alone. Why? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has to take time out of its normal job duties to respond to the customer inquiries.
Here’s the story, from the Free Beacon:
“The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued thousands of duplicate green cards to immigrants, including many that include incorrect information and allow these individuals to stay longer than permitted in the United States, according to a new government oversight report that warns the Department of Homeland Security is incapable of tracking immigrants who may pose a security risk to the United States.
“USCIS, which handles immigration cases and the distribution of green cards, was found to have produced at least 19,000 green cards during the past three years that were duplicates or contained incorrect information, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.
“During the same period, more than 200,000 green card holders reported their cards missing and an increasing number of cards were sent to incorrect addresses, posing a risk to national security.
“Problems at USCIS have been increasing over the past three years. The bureau has been deemed incapable of keeping track of green cards and immigrants who have overstayed their legal time in the United States.”
Problems include the inability to track those who’ve overstayed their lawful visits to the United States.
Again, from the Free Beacon:
“In July 2013 alone, more than 2,400 immigrants who were approved for a two-year conditional stay in the United States “were inadvertently issued cards allowing them to stay for 10 years,” according to the report.
“Federal authorities and DHS have had difficulty locating some of the individuals who received incorrect green cards.
“In May 2014, at least 5,280 cards were printed “with incorrect names and/or dates of birth,” the report found. “In some cases, applicants’ cards were printed with ‘No Given Name’ as their first name and with their first and last names combined as the last name.”
“In March of this year, USCIS was caught sending “potentially hundreds of Green Cards to the wrong addresses” due to limitations in the bureau’s filing system.
“The DHS inspector general found that ‘USCIS was unable to identify the exact number of cards sent to the incorrect addresses.’”
There’s a huge black market for green cards, and it’s not exactly clear if these missing cards have been used for that purpose.
But at least some have.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection recorded at least 4,600 cases between 2013 and 2015 in which ‘imposter green cards’ were used,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.