Indian American Baljinder Singh loses his naturalized citizenship


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

In 2016, the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Homeland Security found that 858 people had been granted citizenship despite having been previously ordered deported or removed under another identity because their digital fingerprints were not available. He was naturalized in 2006 under that name, after he married a woman from the U.S. Singh's new status as a lawful permanent resident puts him at risk for deportation.

The Justice Department announced that Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey entered an order revoking the naturalized US citizenship and canceling the Certificate of Naturalization of Baljinder Singh.

The United States Department of Justice has revoked an Indian citizen of his American citizenship under Operation Janus, a government initiative to crack down on illegal immigration.

Last September the initiative identified 315,000 cases where fingerprint data was missing, raising concerns that at least some may have tried to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalization process.

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

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. A month later, he filed for asylum under the name Baljinder Sing but abandoned the attempt after getting married.

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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.

He answered "no" to questions that asked whether he had ever used other names or given false or misleading information to US government officials "while applying for any immigration benefit or to prevent deportation, exclusion, or removal", court papers allege.

Singh is accused of illegal procurement of naturalization by not being lawfully admitted for permanent residence, illegal procurement of naturalization due to lack of good moral characters, and procurement of US citizenship with concealment of a material fact or willful misrepresentation, it said (see India-West article here).

In September 2017, the US Department of Justice moved the petition before the US Court in which it mentioned that Singh concealed personal details and acquiring the citizenship through unlawful means. Singh has been residing 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.

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