It was a lot easier when the illegals dressed like illegals in Border Patrol publicity pics

As if the Trump administration's war on immigrants weren't already busy enough scooping up suspected undocumented immigrants in courthouses, outside schools, and at hospitals, we now learn the Department of Homeland Security has been working on a new frontier in ejecting people from the USA: DHS has a program aimed at tracking down a fairly small number of people who had been ordered to be deported, but because of incomplete digital fingerprint records, were nonetheless granted citizenship. The Justice Department issued a press release Tuesday announcing that a New Jersey district court judge had ordered that one such immigrant had been stripped of his naturalized citizenship, and is now subject to deportation, all part of a joint DHS/DOJ program called "Operation Janus," after the two-faced Roman god Harvey Dent.

The program actually had its origins during the Obama administration, after a 2016 DHS report found that US Citizenship and Immigration Services had granted naturalized citizenship to "at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity" who had slipped through the cracks because the FBI and DHS didn't find digital fingerprint records for them. They'd been fingerprinted during deportation procedures, but not all those old records were converted to digital form by the time the people had applied for citizenship, usually under different names than those on the deportation orders.

AP coverage of the story in September 2016 led to a stupid internet rumor that citizenship had mistakenly been granted to over 800 people who had been ordered deported for "national security concerns," but in reality, the report didn't detail why the deportation orders had been issued. DHS and FBI didn't fully convert to a digitized fingerprint database until 2010.

The one case that DOJ is trumpeting as a win for Operation Janice (we think that sounds friendlier) certainly doesn't sound like it involves any national security issues: A dude from India arrived at San Francisco International Airport in 1991 without any identification or a passport, and gave his name as "Davinder Singh." The government started the process to send him back, but he skipped his hearing in immigration court and a deportation order was issued for him in January 1992. A month later, the same dude applied for political asylum, this time using the name "Baljinder Singh," again without any documentation; before that asylum case was adjudicated, though, he married a US citizen, and she helped him get a green card. He became a naturalized citizen in 2006, and his deportation order was only found in a 2014-2015 audit of DHS records that led to the 2016 report. If all the fingerprint data had been digitized, his 1992 deportation would have been found, and that would have been grounds for denying him citizenship, so a judge stripped him of his citizenship, and now, presumably, he's on track to be deported.

So, there's one potential dangerous terrorist gone, except that beyond his blowing off the immigration hearing in 1992, the DOJ doesn't identify any other criminal activity Singh may have engaged in. Yes, yes, he was definitely here illegally and shouldn't have been approved for citizenship, but is this really a good use of law enforcement resources? The 2016 report doesn't indicate whether the problematic citizens were supposed to be deported for having committed crimes, or whether they had committed civil violations of immigration law like overstaying a visa. The report sure tries to make it sound like there's a threat:

So that's four whole cases: one person in law enforcement, and three people with transportation-related jobs. Were any of them dangerous? Who knows? Could be they'd just fucked up their paperwork, or maybe they were all terrorist operatives (if they had been, though, we'll assume the government would have made a lot more noise about catching them). The 2016 report adds that relatively few of its cases as of March 2015 had turned up criminal suspects, let alone convictions: The US attorney's office had only accepted two cases for prosecution, and ICE also "transferred two additional cases with fingerprint records linked to terrorism to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force" -- but there's no indication of what those "links" may have been or whether they resulted in prosecution.

Crom knows DHS tries to play up the dimensions of the potential problem; Tuesday's press release says Operation Janus

identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralized digital fingerprint repository. Among those cases, some may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalization process.

Of those 315,000 cases where fingerprint cases were missing, it seems reasonable that, if the 2014-2015 audit identified only 858 cases where a naturalized citizen had an old deportation order of any kind, there aren't exactly over a quarter million criminal aliens running around with green cards or citizenship -- we'd assume most were deported even though their fingerprint files weren't later updated. That number has grown somewhat; yesterday's press release says

USCIS dedicated a team to review these Operation Janus cases, and the agency has stated its intention to refer approximately an additional 1,600 for prosecution.

Seems to us that DOJ and DHS are really pushing hard to conflate the number of missing fingerprint records with the comparatively tiny number of people who may have been improperly naturalized. So hurrah for this huge effort to comb through old cases for the sake of stripping citizenship from possibly 2,500 people who may or may not have committed fraud -- or just blundered through an insanely complex immigration system in which even the government can't keep its records straight -- for the sake of looking tough on illegal immigrants. We feel so much safer.

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[ReWire / AP via Snopes / DOJ press release / 2016 Homeland Security report]

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Robbin Young. Fair use so we can all see the boob picture she sent to her 12 true loves.

Robbin Young starred in the Roger Moore masterpiece For Your Eyes Only as the seventh female lead, "Girl in Flower Shop." She also starred in a bunch of Playboys, and the DM's of a humble Romanian hacker who stole her heart. But he was not a humble Romanian hacker, he was 12 Russian military intelligence officers in a trench coat. And now Young has shared those DMs and pictures of her buzzies with the Sun, because that's the one that's fookin' classy.

See how she loved! See how Guccifer ghosted her ass! See how she loves him (them) still! See how she was all up in Seth Rich and shit! (We think Young's judgment might not be awesome.) Also she wrote this "erotic poem," and we're going to need you to read it.

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And now it is time for your weekly reminder that in the Trump era, FUCKING APESHIT OUTRAGE WORKS.

On Monday, Donald Trump, the transactional president who for some godforsaken reason sees Vladimir Putin has his one true father, discussed making an Art Of The Deal with Russia that involved letting Robert Mueller interrogate the Russian spies who hacked America in 2016 (with Russian supervision, of course, in Russia) in exchange for sending Putin whichever American citizens hurt Putin's poor fragile butthurt pansy-ass feelings the past several years. One of Putin's targets is Michael McFaul, the former ambassador to Russia, whom Putin just hates. Hillary Clinton isn't on the official list yet, but give it a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders looked at reporters and told them Trump's people were considering the idea, but hadn't decided yet, because it's so hard for the Trump administration to decide how many treasons to do per week.

But hooray! The White House has decided that, after literally every American with a patriotic bone in his or her body said, "THE FUCK YOU SAY," they will not send Americans to Putin's gulag after all. The Washington Post reports:

The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Oh my fucking Lord, Shuckabee, did you really type that Putin's offer was "sincere," or did Donald grab the statement after you finished with it and add those words in illiterate Sharpie in the margins, along with "DOES NOT MEAN PUTIN IS NOT MY BEST FRIEND" and "NO COLLUSION"?

By the way, that resolution passed the Senate with flying colors:

WOMP WOMP, Trump! Sorry American freedom and democracy stepped all over your dick again! Guarantee it's gonna happen again! Go fuck yourself! Enjoy the 48 Big Macs you have for dinner tonight! Don't talk directly into the soccer ball Putin gave you, 'less you want it to talk back to you in Russian!

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