By Mark Tapson for Truth Revolt
An internal Obama administration email shows immigration officials are hustling overtime to get new “citizen voters” sworn in before the presidential election.
As reported by Fox News, the email, from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office chief in Houston, urges the unnamed recipient to swear in as many citizens as possible “due to the election year.”
“The Field Office due to the election year needs to process as many of their N-400 cases as possible between now and FY 2016,” reads the email. It was disclosed to Fox News by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who chairs the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
“If you have cases in this category or other pending, you are encouraged to take advantage of the OT if you can,” the email reads in part. “This will be an opportunity to move your pending naturalization cases. If you have not volunteered for OT, please consider and let me know if you are interested. It’s the end of the year crunch time, so let’s get crunchy! Go Team Houston! Thanks for all your hard work!”
Senators Johnson and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a Wednesday letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson that the email strongly suggests the agency is trying to swear in a boatload of new citizens in advance of the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Your department seems intent on approving as many naturalization cases as quickly as possible,” the Senators charge, “at a time when it should instead be putting on the brakes and reviewing past adjudications.”
Senator Johnson referred to a report this week from the DHS Inspector General which revealed that at least 858 people from hotbeds of terrorism and other countries of concern had been mistakenly granted citizenship despite facing orders of deportation under other identities.
“Considering that USCIS already has a troubling record of inadequate review of naturalization applications, and mistakenly giving away citizenship to terrorists, criminals and other fraudsters, it is disturbing that they are now in full and blind rubber stamp mode to crank out new citizens,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, notes that he is “not at all surprised by this revelation. “It’s a repeat of the Clinton election playbook. Then it was to help re-elect Bill Clinton, this time it is to help elect Hillary Clinton.”
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says that this push shows the Obama administration is actively helping Hillary win: “In the pursuit of a partisan advantage, one party has decided integrity in the system is irrelevant. They don’t really care about checking backgrounds or verifying status and eligibility – it is more about increasing the number of eligible voters in the upcoming election.”
That’s the Democratic way.
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