Stripped of citizenship, Indian faces deportation from US

Stripped of citizenship, Indian faces deportation from US

Singh arrived at San Francisco International Airport in 1991 without any travel documents or proof of identity


Published: Wed 10 Jan 2018, 7:03 AM

Last updated: Wed 10 Jan 2018, 5:20 PM

In a first-of-its-kind case, the US has revoked the American citizenship of an Indian native, who, authorities said, acquired it by fraud.
Baljinder Singh alias Davinder Singh, 43, who married a US citizen, has now been reverted to the Green Card status which leaves him potentially subject to removal proceedings at the Department of Homeland Security's discretion, the Justice Department said.
The Department of Justice, which moved a petition in this regard before a US court last September, said that Singh in his citizenship application concealed prior orders of exclusion and his deportation under different identities than the identity under which they naturalised.
"Singh's denaturalisation is the first arising out of a growing body of cases referred to the Department of Justice by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of Operation Janus," the Department of Justice said in a statement.
A US District Court in New Jersey on January 5 had entered an order revoking his naturalised US citizenship and canceling his Certificate of Naturalisation.
Under Operation Janus, the Department of Homeland Security has identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralised digital fingerprint repository.
Among those cases, some may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalisation process, feels the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the Justice Department, these cases are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the two departments to investigate and seek denaturalisation proceedings against those who obtained citisenship unlawfully.
Singh, a native of India, arrived at San Francisco International Airport on September 25, 1991, without any travel documents or proof of identity. He claimed that his name was Davinder Singh.
He was placed in exclusion proceedings, but failed to appear for his immigration court hearing and was ordered excluded and deported on January 7, 1992, federal prosecutors said.
Four weeks later, on February 6, 1992, he filed an asylum application under the name Baljinder Singh.
He claimed to be an Indian who entered the United States without inspection.

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