2003 June 23 Monday
US Government Ignoring Identity Fraud Citizenship Cases

A guy from the Dominican Republic discovered when he went to apply for US citizenship that his own brother had stolen his identity and used it to get citizenship in the United States. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) which is the successor agency in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) did nothing in response to this discovery and basically the BCIS is doing nothing about known cases of citizenship granted to people who used identity fraud to help them get US citizenship.

On May 3, 2003, Alberto returned to the BCIS on a second interview for his citizenship. For months, he and his lawyer had been operating under the assumption that the fraudulent application for citizenship filed by his brother had been investigated and that the lengthy process of denaturalization (search) had begun.

"We were wrong," says Jones. "When we arrived, we found that nothing had been done, and I was told by an officer in the Naturalization Unit that there is a class of cases like this just sitting around because nobody at the BCIS knows what to do with them. And this occurred after I was told that the matter would be taken to the district director."

The BCIS, confident it its ability to ascertain the identity of people who fill out immigration-related forms, has even switched to electronic filing of two of the most popular forms which BCIS accepts.

CHICAGO – Today, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) started accepting electronic filing (e-filing) of two of the most commonly submitted immigration forms – the application used to renew or replace a "green card”" (Form I-90) and the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). Together, both forms represent approximately 30 percent of the 7 million applications filed with the Bureau every year.

For those who file electronically, BCIS confirms the identity of the customer early in the application process. BCIS also electronically collects a photograph, signature, and fingerprint for the individual. These biometric data are stored and can be used later for verification of the person’s identity. Customers whose applications are approved receive high quality immigration documents with special security features produced from BCIS’ centralized card production facility.

How convenient. A person intent on identity fraud can now provide fake biometric data over the internet. The US government is essentially automating the process of committing fraud in order to save more time for all concerned.

Next what is needed is to automate the process of ignoring the fraud cases that are discovered. As soon as a fraud case is discovered its particulars could be entered into a computer and any time someone wants to know its status they could be referred to a web form to enter a query and the computer server could return a message like "that matter is under investigation" or "the data for that matter is being retained for future queries" or something else equally inane. That way human BCIS employees would not have to waste any time fielding questions about fraudulently obtained citizenship cases.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 June 23 10:37 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement

Donald Marshall said at June 24, 2003 12:20 PM:

Considering the events that have come to light since 9/11, and my own personal experiences, I can understand why no one has ever accused the INS of being comptent or even know what the hell they're doing. Case in point:

I married a Filipino lady while visiting the Philipines. I then went to the American Embassy to apply for her visa. I was told that I could not do it there, I had to apply in America. I came home, completed all the paperwork. I then waited 16 months (and made more than two dozen long distance phone calls to the American Embassy) before she got her visa. After she finally arrived I applied for a visa for her daughter. Her visa only took 11 months.

In the meantime, her cousin had met a gentleman over the internet. She applied for a Fiancé visa. Seven weeks later she was in America (on a Fiancé visa) and the next day they were married. (Sight unseen.) Where's the logic?

Maybe, just maybe, the new director will get their act together (but don't hold your breath - you're dealing with a politcal appointee)/

Paul Cella said at June 24, 2003 10:22 PM:

Don't count on it Donald.

Your case illustrates one of the great injustices of the present immigration muddle: the burden imposed on law-abiding immigrants who submit themselves to the rigors of the law; in contrast to the complacent abetting of criminal among illegals.

Miss Lale Kiziltug said at December 7, 2004 3:05 PM:

Hi My name is Miss lale Kiziltug. I was born in New York and feel that my identity and birth certificate is being used. Is there any information or address I can write or e-mail to.

Ervin said at May 24, 2005 5:37 PM:

I was halted by doj while leaving the us 10 years ago they made me somehow an american or started procedure they said i would recieve something in the mail but i didnt i know this must sound strange but its the truth i recently found out that someone is using fraudently my id emailed the fbi the U.S embassy where i live but no one seems to care execpt the fbi and the ftc who gave me an answer somehow but i guess i have to find a lawer(a good one)i even emailed the secretary of state two weeks ago i guess they wont answer either ...........

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