The Obama administration is encouraging the fast tracking of citizenship cases in order to swear in as many new "citizen voters" as possible for the November election, Fox News reported.
Fox reports that an email, forwarded by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, shows that a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Houston field office chief is encouraging overtime to process as many applications as possible.
"If you have cases in this category or other pending, you are encouraged to take advantage of the OT if you can," Fox quoted the email. "This will be an opportunity to move your pending naturalization cases."
In response, Fox reported Johnson and Sen. Charles Grassley sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
"Your department seems intent on approving as many naturalization cases as quickly as possible at a time when it should instead be putting on the brakes and reviewing past adjudications," Fox quoted the senators' letter.
An Inspector General's report earlier this week found that nearly 900 people had been mistakenly granted citizenship.
"Considering that USCIS already has a troubling record of inadequate review of naturalization applications, and mistakenly giving away citizenship to terrorists, criminals and other fraudsters, it is disturbing that they are now in full and blind rubber stamp mode to crank out new citizens," said Jessica Vaughan, director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.
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