More than 800 immigrants awaiting deportation were mistakenly granted citizenship

Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders.

That information comes from an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.