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Rep. Martha McSally: DHS Should Digitize Fingerprint Records

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 03:04 PM

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., called for the Department of Homeland Security to digitize fingerprint records in reaction to the hundreds of illegal immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship.

McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, appeared on "Fox & Friends" Thursday, where she addressed the recent revelation that 858 immigrants were improperly granted citizenship.

"There was an inspector general's report out of the Department of Homeland Security that was in the news on Monday that essentially looked at 858 individuals who were granted citizenship," McSally said. "Who had fingerprints of having law enforcement encounters … in the past but simply because they were not uploaded into the electronic system, and it appears they requested citizenship under a different name or under a different birthday, which is fraud, they were actually granted citizenship."

McSally is the chair of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, and previously urged the DHS to adopt "deception detection technology." A law signed last year directed the agency to explore the use of the technology, but the department has yet to do so, CNSNews.com reports.

"In addition to these blunders from the past, there's 148,000 additional sets of fingerprints that have not been uploaded into the system as we speak," the congresswoman continued.

"As people are getting granted citizenship right now, we can have the same blunders going on. So our bill simply mandates that Homeland Security upload swiftly, within 90 days, these additional 148,000 sets of paper fingerprints.

"This has been lingering now for years and we're directing them to do it in 90 days."

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