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.
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