WASHINGTON — The number of people who were reportedly granted citizenship when they should have been deported is over two times the number originally reported by the Inspector General, according to CNN.
Over 1,800 individuals, not the 858 that were originally reported by the Associated Press, were naturalized into the United States due to errors in the Department of Homeland Security's fingerprinting system.
The naturalizations happened as a result of the individuals using names and birth dates that were different from their given names and birth dates. They were able to pass through the immigration process because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
A footnote on one page of the report said that as of November 2015, the Inspector General wasn’t able to determine if there was an issue with the fingerprint records of an additional 953 people, but who should have been deported regardless, adding this amount to the 858 that was originally reported.
That brings the total to 1,811 individuals who were mistakenly granted citizenship to the United States from other countries. Countries classified in a story reported by the Associated Press as "special interest countries" — countries that are known to be "of concern to the national security" of the United States. The additional 953 are countries who too fall in the "special interest" category, but are also countries who are known to have a history of fraud, according to CNN.
Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said in a statement reported by CNN that it is "clear" that some systems need improving when it comes to DHS fingerprinting policies.