Indian American Baljinder Singh loses his naturalized citizenship

Indian American Baljinder Singh loses his naturalized citizenship

A green card holder from India residing in the United States has become the first casualty under Donald Trump administration to be revoked of his U.S. citizenship.

A look at immigration arrests and deportations under President Donald Trump. For example, just last November the Justice Department announced the citizenship revocations of several naturalized immigrants who lied about their criminal history of sexual abuse.

In 2006, he finally became a naturalised citizen in 2006 after he married an American woman.

Singh's attorney could not be immediately reached. He could be subject to removal proceedings at the Department of Homeland Security's discretion, according to the Justice Department.

An Indian-born naturalized United States citizen has had his citizenship revoked, making him the first casualty of a joint government operation that may lead to thousands more potentially facing deportation after having been granted citizenship, Rewire reports. It was enough to obtain naturalization status in 2004, but thanks to Operation Janus, it will no longer be enough for Singh and those like him to remain in the country under false pretenses. Those cases include background checks that were used in the naturalization process, officials said.


Operation Janus began because USCIS granted citizenship to "at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization process, their digital fingerprint records were not available", according to a document released by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General, in September 2016.

Two similar complaints filed against two men from Pakistan living in CT and Florida are pending.

The government filed the complaint against Singh last September, along with two other cases against Pakistan-born naturalized citizens in CT and Florida. The US Justice Department told a federal judge in New Jersey that Singh arrived in the country in 1991 without travel documents or proof of identity and told authorities that his name was Davinder Singh. After allegedly failing to appear for his immigration hearing, he was ordered deported in January 1992. In 1996, according to the complaint, his application for permanent residency was approved. He claimed his name was Davinder Singh.

"In light of these undisputed facts, this Court finds that the Government has met its heavy burden in demonstrating, by clear and convincing evidence, that Defendant's naturalization was illegally procured, " Chesler wrote in his decision.

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".

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