WTIMES by Stephen Dinan --
The government suspended naturalization ceremonies and banned
officers from approving any new applications for citizenship earlier
this week after realizing its background check system was broken and
ineligible people may have been slipping through, a key congressman
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte,
whose office was tipped off to the monumental error, said he was
stunned by the problem — and also by the fact that the administration
never bothered to inform him of it.
In the internal email Mr.
Goodlatte obtained, the associate director at U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services ordered all officers “not to approve or oath any
naturalization cases in ELIS,” referring to the Electronic Immigration
System that’s the case management system for processing applications.
this point we are not confident that proper FBI Name Checks have been
run on certain ELIS cases. At this point we are uncertain of the scope
of the problem,” Daniel M. Renaud, the associate director, said in the
FBI name checks are a critical part of the application
process, giving immigration officers a look at potential criminal
histories or other national security red flags that would make someone
ineligible for citizenship.