Is the Obama Admin naturalizing voters for Clinton?

Is the Obama Admin naturalizing voters for Clinton?
People vote in the U.S. presidential primary election at a polling station located in a grocery store in National City, California, United States, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson have launched an investigation into reports that the Obama administration is rushing to complete naturalization applications of potential Clinton voters before the November election.

  • Letter from Grassley (IA-R) and Johnson (WI-R): “We write to express serious concern about an apparent push by your department to rush adjudication of naturalization applications before the upcoming presidential election, presumably in an attempt to create as many new citizens as possible.” 
  • “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 adjudication.”
  • “Please explain what you are doing or will do to reassure adjudicators that naturalization applications should not be rushed for inappropriate political reasons.”
  • Grassley and Johnson chair the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee.
  • July 21 email from branch chief of the Houston field office of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to employees, asking for overtime work to process “as many naturalization applications as possible.”
  • Letter: “The Field Office due to the election year needs to process as many of their N-400 cases as possible between now and FY 2016.”
  • N-400 refers to the standard naturalization application.
  • DHS inspector general’s report released last week found that 858 naturalized citizens from countries with high rates of terrorism had deportation orders under another identity.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Two top Republican senators are raising concerns that the Obama administration is rushing the processing of naturalization applications just so that more new citizens can vote in the November election.

“We write to express serious concern about an apparent push by your department to rush adjudication of naturalization applications before the upcoming presidential election, presumably in an attempt to create as many new citizens as possible,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wrote in a recent letter to Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson.

The Republicans pointed to a July 21 email in which the branch chief of the Houston field office of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services — a sub-agency of DHS — asked employees to consider working overtime in order to process as many naturalization applications as possible.

“The Field Office due to the election year needs to process as many of their N-400 cases as possible between now and FY 2016,” reads the letter. N-400 refers to the standard naturalization application.

Grassley and Johnson, who chair the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee, respectively, expressed two concerns raised by the email.

One is that the naturalization process is being politicized. The other is that speeding up the adjudication process poses risks to national security.

“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 adjudication,” the letter reads.

They point out that a DHS inspector general’s report released last week found that 858 naturalized citizens from “special interest” countries — or those with high rates of terrorism — had deportation orders under another identity.

“Please explain what you are doing or will do to reassure adjudicators that naturalization applications should not be rushed for inappropriate political reasons,” they also wrote.

The letter does not mention it, but the Democratic party and its presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, have ramped up efforts to get eligible immigrants to file for citizenship in time to register for the November election. A naturalization surge would likely help Democrats at the polls.

Non-profit groups that have received citizenship grants from USCIS have also politicized the naturalization process. As The Daily Caller reported earlier this year, several USCIS grantees have pushed immigrants to naturalize so that they can vote against Donald Trump.

In late March, DCNF reporter Chuck Ross documented that the Obama administration was supporting several non-profit groups — with federal funding through a major White House initiative — that were part of an organized effort aimed at converting green-card holders into U.S. citizens in order to vote against Donald Trump, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.

In his article on the reports, Ross quoted Catholic Legal Services director Raul Hernandez, who said he supported residents rationale for obtaining citizenship and heralded a mass push as a “game changer.”

“If that is the motivation for them to become citizens, I welcome the motivation,” Hernandez told CNN.

Hernandez added:

“It’s going to be a totally different political situation — folks with a different view of what a citizen is, raising their voice, saying, ‘I’m here and I want to have a say in the future of the nation."

This article was contributed by Daily Caller

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