United States Sen. Ben Sasse claims “total incompetence” led Homeland Security to grant citizenship to nearly 1,000 people slated to be deported.
Sasse says the Department of Homeland Security has admitted granting citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered to be deported.
“Think about that, almost a thousand people that were supposed to be on the list for deportation were instead moved over to a citizenship role,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Homeland Security says it lacked digital fingerprint records on the individuals.
[Click here for the Inspector General report.]
Sasse, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, says that in a few cases some individuals were granted access to secure areas of airports. Two individuals were referred to the FBI for possible links to terrorism.
“This is bureaucratic failure at its worst and a bureaucracy that blunders this badly is not one that Nebraskans can have a lot of confidence takes our national security seriously,” according to
Sasse continues to be critical of the Obama Administration $400 million payment to Iran at the same time at Iran released four Americans it had been holding hostage.
The administration has claimed the timing was coincidental.
Sasse doesn’t buy it.
“Some of us have been pressing the Treasury Department to understand more about how it could be that this $400 million payment was made and now the Treasury has confirmed not one, but two wire transfers to Iran in the last 14 months.”
Sasse acknowledges the transfers were rather small. One was for $1 million and the other was a $9 million dollar transfer. Though small, those transfers prove the administration’s stance simply isn’t true, according to Sasse.
Sasse has written to President Obama, expressing his concerns. Click here for the letter.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]