President Donald Trump seems to be making illegal immigration more of a priority during his second year in the White House.
He’s focused on addressing DACA, constructing a border wall along the southern border, and increasing funding for immigration enforcement agencies.
As the Associated Press reports, under Trump’s leadership, Homeland Security started Operation Janus, an initiative which “revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process.”
“45 year low in illegal immigration this year.” @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2018
Per the report:
Officials stripped a New Jersey resident of his citizenship because they said he used a false name when he entered the United States more than 25 years ago.
Baljinder Singh became the first person to be denaturalized under Operation Janus, a Homeland Security Department initiative that revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process. A judge revoked his citizenship Friday, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which announced the ruling Tuesday.
Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said Singh “exploited” the U.S. immigration system, “which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system.”
Federal authorities accused the Carteret resident of using an alias to avoid deportation. Prosecutors said Singh, who was born in India, arrived in the U.S. in 1991 with no proof of identity, and gave authorities the name Davinder Singh.
“We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty. Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country.”
– @RealDonaldTrump, August 2016
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) January 9, 2018
According to the report, in 1992, Singh faced a deportation order from a federal judge, but filed for asylum under a new name.
Now going by the name of Baljinder, he remained in the U.S. and married a U.S. citizen.
If you have a hole in your roof, would you buy a new carpet before patching it up?
Without sufficient and effective enforcement measures in place, illegal immigration will not stop.
Interior enforcement & secure the border.
— Rep. Lou Barletta (@RepLouBarletta) January 10, 2018
Singh’s application for permanent residency was approved in 1996, and he became a naturalized citizen in 2006. He didn’t include his former deportation order in the application, according to prosecutors.
The Justice Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services filed the civil denaturalization complaint against Singh in September.
Per the report, Singh is one of more than 1,600 cases Homeland Security is currently working through.
Illegal immigration costs California $200 Billion/year. Getting a strong border wall for $18 Billion is a bargain
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) January 9, 2018