Indian-origin man loses US citizenship, has been living 'illegally' since 1991

For first time, Justice Dept. yanks naturalized citizenship in new 'Operation Janus' crackdown

Baljinder Singh becomes first Indian American to be striped of national citizenship

The man, from Carteret, New Jersey, was found to be living under fraudulent identity and was held guilty for practising deceptively artful ways to gain the green card.

The government filed the complaint against Singh last September, along with two other cases against Pakistan-born naturalized citizens in CT and Florida.

Efforts to reach Singh for comment were not immediately successful. Some people involved in those cases may have sought to get around criminal records or background checks during the naturalization process, the Justice Department said.

The collaborative initiative is dubbed Operation Janus, and the Justice Department says it has identified approximately 315,000 cases where there were issues with fingerprint data at a central database, the news release said.

Baljinder Singh, 43, from Carteret, New Jersey is the first naturalized Indian American citizen to be stripped of his USA citizenship under the Trump administration. All three cases were part of Operation Janus.

On January 5, Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey entered an order revoking the naturalized U.S. citizenship of Baljinder Singh aka Davinder Singh, and canceling his Certificate of Naturalization, the Justice Department announced in a statement.

In 2016, the Homeland Security Department's inspector general reported that the US government had mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 foreign nationals who were ordered deported and later used different names and birthdates to apply for citizenship.

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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.

Singh, who arrived without a passport or any other travel documents or proof of identity, was placed in removal proceedings and sought asylum, claiming that his name was Davinder Singh, according to the complaint. He failed to appear for his immigration hearing in 1992 and was soon deported.

Under U.S. law, naturalization can be revoked only if it was obtained fraudulently.

On Feb. 6, 1992, Mr. Singh filed an asylum application claiming to be an Indian who entered the United States without inspection.

According to court documents, the Justice Department and USCIS allege Singh, Parvez Manzoor Khan in Florida, and Rashid Mahmood in CT obtained their naturalized citizenship "by fraud".

In support of its complaint against Singh, the Justice Department submitted a lab report from USCIS comparing a January 24, 1992, fingerprint card under the name "Baljinder Singh" to a September 25, 1991, card with the name "Davinder Singh", court documents said.

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