FILE - In this June 5, 2015 file photo, a view of the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington. The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Homeland Security Proves Robert Conquest’s Third Law Correct

The historian Robert Conquest had three laws of politics. The third law was this:

The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

The Department of Homeland Security is proving this law of politics accurate with new today the department “accidentally” gave citizenship away to those who did not deserve it or qualify for it.

In at least three cases, the inspector general’s office discovered previously-deported individuals who were granted citizenship and then obtained clearance for “security-sensitive work at commercial airports or maritime facilities and vessels.” The release said all three have since had their security credentials revoked.

858 people, minimum, were given citizenship by DHS. The problems go back a decade. This is not a Barack Obama Administration problem, but a government bureaucracy problem. It is another reminder that government poorly functions and should therefore do as little as possible. Our legislature should not pass “comprehensive” plans and the federal bureaucracy should work on the basics before diving into further regulations.

The granting and denying of citizenship is a basic governmental task. The governmet failed at that task repeatedly.

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