CNN’s Jake Tapper reported on Tuesday that the number of people who were wrongly granted American citizenship when they were supposed to be deported is much higher than originally reported.
The number of individuals who were supposed to have been deported but were instead granted citizenship is far higher than was initially reported by media covering the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s office report on the matter.
On Monday, the Inspector General reported that 858 individuals from “special interest countries” — meaning countries that are considered to be “of concern to the national security” of the US — were supposed to have been deported but were instead granted US citizenship.
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s office said in a footnote that 1,811 people had been granted citizenship wrongly.
But the truth is the report is even worse than reported, with more than 1,800 individuals naturalized who should have been deported from the country.
That amounts to a total of 1,811 individuals granted citizenship who should not have been.
The new number is an increase of 953 people from the original number reported.