Government Insider: “Immigration Vetting System Badly Broken”

USCISLogoEnglishA recent report from the Department of Homeland Security found that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) erroneously naturalized almost 900 ineligible illegal aliens due to database errors. All of these individuals were ordered deported but subsequently applied for citizenship using a fake identity. Nearly all are from countries associated with terrorism and high levels of immigration fraud. Several of these fraudulent citizens have already obtained aviation or transportation credentials.

This information is disturbing but it simply confirms what those in immigration enforcement have known for years — our immigration vetting system is badly broken. But the availability and reliability of vetting information is only one of many systemic problems that plague USCIS: an assembly line mentality, over-politicization, and ineptitude.

Attempting to vet individuals from the most dangerous regions of the world in less than three months is criminally irresponsible.

One of the reasons I resigned from USCIS was dissatisfaction with the agency’s continual focus on approving as many immigration applications as possible, as quickly as possible — often at the expense of national security and public safety.

Read the rest of Matt O’Brien’s guest column in here.


avatar About Matt O'Brien

Matthew J. O’Brien joined FAIR in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


  1. avatar Leland says:

    Another just released WikiLeaks document quotes Hillary in an October 2013 speech to a Jewish group in Chicago as saying: “the threat posed by extremism and particularly with Syria which has everyone quite worried, Jordan because it’s on their border and they have hundreds of thousands of refugees and they can’t possibly vet all those refugees so they don’t know if, you know, JIHADISTS ARE COMING IN WITH LEGITIMATE REFUGEES. Turkey for the same reason.”

    How many times does this woman have to lie to our faces? Say one thing in private and another in public. If you let the average person read this and said who is this, Clinton or Trump, 95% would say Trump because that is exactly what he has said in public. She and this administration publicly dismiss all such concerns when they know it’s legitimate as proven by the above story about 900 people getting citizenship when they should have been deported. You cannot trust her because she casts any similar statements by others as racist.

    It also makes you wonder how long the Washington Post, owned by Hillary cheerleader Jeff Bezos, had that tape of Trump making crude remarks. Everyone knew WikiLeaks said they would release documents “this week”. How convenient that tape gets released just before and then the media can ignore all the evidence of the total contradictions of her public and private statements, also known as lying, and focus on Trump.

  2. avatar kathleen serra says:

    I don’t believe that the problems with DHS has to do with ineptitude, I believe those that were given their naturalization citizenship papers according to the plan of having this particular type of illegal immigrant available to vote for Hillary Clinton, so why don’t you just say that in your article? Everyone knows why this happened. DHS is run by muslims for muslims.

    • Right on Kathleen Serra!! it is obvious as hell what the program and intent is and has been since obama advised us of his fundamental change and the call to muslims to prayer as the most beautiful sound in the world. This is by far the most obviously corrupt and dangerous federal crime syndicate operating the US Government in US History.

  3. avatar Leland says:

    “Several of these fraudulent citizens have already obtained aviation or transportation credentials.” I would assume that obtaining those kinds of credentials would require an extra level of security, but apparently not. All this talk of vetting is just that, talk. It’s nothing more than providing talking points for those who want to bring more and more people here. If we can’t “vet” people who have been in this country for years, how can we vet people who often have no records from their home countries.

    DC Leaks released hacked e-mails yesterday that show that Hillary has used the Clinton Foundation for her political benefit. ” ‘Super excited to be canvassing for H and doing our part to rock SC’, wrote Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie Street in an email noting she would be working in South Carolina for Clinton before the state’s Democratic primary.” But what’s new. It’s long been obvious there’s no line.

    A few days ago she said whites need to be empathetic to black parent’s concern for their children’s safety. My first advice would be don’t get combative with cops and then pull out a gun. And if they are really concerned about safety they would be cooperating with the cops to clean up Chicago streets. How many have been killed by flying bullets there. If you won’t address that you’re just being a hypocrite.

    But this is what she would be doing as president, constantly stirring the racial pot for political advantage. {Sound familiar?} Maybe the next time she runs into Al Sharpton she could ask him when he will pay the $5 million in taxes he owes.

  4. Hades….It Can Never Work from Many Countries

    Even Chinese College Applicants in America use PHONY TRANSCRIPTS and our colleges can’t vet either….they still take college slots anyway from Americans.