Citizenship revoked

Baljinder Singh “exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalization, which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division in a statement.

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.

Singh, also known as Davinder Singh, arrived in San Francisco in 1991 without any travel documents or proof of identity, according to the news release.

He failed to appear for his immigration hearing in 1992 and was soon deported, it said.

Singh then returned to the U.S. about a month later and filed an asylum application. Singh abandoned his asylum application and married a U.S. citizen who filed a visa petition on his behalf, the joint statement read.

In 2006, he was able to become a naturalized citizen under the name Baljinder Singh, and the 43-year-old has since been residing in New Jersey, it said.

The collaborative initiative is dubbed Operation Janus, and the Justice Department says it has identified approximately 315,000 cases where there were issues with fingerprint data at a central database, the news release said.

In many of the cases with missing fingerprint data, the Justice Department says individuals “may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalization process,” it added

“The defendant exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalization, which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division in a statement.

Civil denaturalization will continue to be used by the department when applicable, Readler said.

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 U.S. citizenship with concealment of a material fact or willful misrepresentation, it said (see India-West article here).

According to court documents, the Justice Department and USCIS allege Singh, Parvez Manzoor Khan in Florida, and Rashid Mahmood in Connecticut obtained their naturalized citizenship “by fraud.”

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