Trump Effect: Indian-origin man stripped of U.S. citizenship, could be deported

  • Trump Effect: Indian-origin man stripped of U.S. citizenship, could be deported

Trump Effect: Indian-origin man stripped of U.S. citizenship, could be deported

Singh was scheduled to appear at an immigration hearing but failed to show up and a deportation order was issued.

In 2016, the Homeland Security Department's inspector general reported that the USA government had mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 foreign nationals who were ordered deported and later used different names and birthdates to apply for citizenship.

Baljinder Singh, 43, from the town of Carteret in New Jersey, became a naturalised United States citizen in 2006 after marrying an American woman.

The government filed the complaint against Singh last September, along with two other cases against Pakistan-born naturalized citizens in CT and Florida.

In 2006, Singh married a USA citizen and discarded the asylum application.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice Jan. 5 announced they have revoked their first naturalized citizenship as part of a new collaborative immigration review effort, doing so to Indian American Baljinder Singh.

Under Operation Janus, the Department of Homeland Security has identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralised digital fingerprint repository.

The US has revoked the American citizenship of an Indian-origin man who reportedly defrauded the authorities, making it the first denaturalisation case under a government initiative created to clamp down on fraudulent immigration, the Justice Department said.

Reportedly, the first Indian to face such an action, the authorities believe that the former Indian citizen Baljinder Singh alias Davinder Singh entered United States by marrying a U.S. citizen and then later, acquired American citizenship through fraudulent means.

The U.S. immigration agency plans to refer about 1,600 additional cases under Operation Janus for possible denaturalization.

Operation Janus does not bode well for the thousands of immigrants who have had to navigate the U.S.' complicated, lengthy, and costly immigration system.

Lacking valid entry documents, Singh was informed by the government that it would begin proceedings to deny him entry into the US, court filings state. He claimed that his name was Singh.

The then Immigration and Naturalization Services granted Singh's permanent residency application in September 1998; six years later, he applied to become a naturalized citizen, according to court papers. He has been living in Carteret, New Jersey.

The report concluded that the fingerprints were a match and belonged to the same person, a finding whose scientific credibility Singh did not challenge, according to the judge's ruling.

Last Friday, a federal judge in New Jersey revoked his naturalization, reverting him back to lawful permanent resident under Green Card status, which means that he can be subject to removal proceedings.