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US revokes citizenship of Indian native; faces deportation

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

In a first of its kind case, the US has revoked the American of an Indian native, who, authorities said, acquired it by

alias Davinder Singh, 43, who married a US citizen, has now been reverted to the Green Card status which leaves him potentially subject to removal proceedings at the Department of Homeland Security's discretion, the Justice Department said.

The Department of Justice, which moved a in this regard before a US last September, said that Singh in his application concealed prior orders of exclusion and his deportation under different identities than the identity under which they naturalised.

"Singh's denaturalisation is the first arising out of a growing body of cases referred to the by and Immigration Services (USCIS) as part of Operation Janus," the said in a statement.

A US District in on January 5 had entered an order revoking his naturalised US citizenship and canceling his Certificate of Naturalisation.

Under Operation Janus, the Department of Homeland Security has identified about 315,000 cases where some fingerprint data was missing from the centralised digital fingerprint repository.

Among those cases, some may have sought to circumvent criminal record and other background checks in the naturalisation process, feels the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the Justice Department, these cases are the result of an ongoing collaboration between the two departments to investigate and seek denaturalisation proceedings against those who obtained citisenship unlawfully.

Singh, a native of India, arrived at San Francisco International Airport on September 25, 1991, without any or proof of identity. He claimed that his name was

He was placed in exclusion proceedings, but failed to appear for his immigration hearing and was ordered excluded and deported on January 7, 1992, federal prosecutors said.

Four weeks later, on February 6, 1992, he filed an asylum application under the name

He claimed to be an Indian who entered the without inspection.

Singh abandoned that application after he married a US citizen, who filed a visa on his behalf.

Singh naturalised under the name on July 28, 2006, prosecutors alleged.

"The defendant exploited our immigration system and unlawfully secured the ultimate immigration benefit of naturalisation, which undermines both the nation's security and our lawful immigration system," said Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Civil Division.

In September, the made a similar move against two persons from Pakistan: and No decision has been taken yet in their case.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 22:20 IST