Operation Janus: Trump’s New Plan To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration Is Already Working

President Donald Trump seems to be making illegal immigration more of a priority during his second year in the White House.

He’s focused on addressing DACA, constructing a border wall along the southern border, and increasing funding for immigration enforcement agencies.

As the Associated Press reports, under Trump’s leadership, Homeland Security started Operation Janus, an initiative which “revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process.”

Per the report:

Officials stripped a New Jersey resident of his citizenship because they said he used a false name when he entered the United States more than 25 years ago.

Baljinder Singh became the first person to be denaturalized under Operation Janus, a Homeland Security Department initiative that revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process. A judge revoked his citizenship Friday, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which announced the ruling Tuesday.


Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said Singh “exploited” the U.S. immigration system, “which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system.”

Federal authorities accused the Carteret resident of using an alias to avoid deportation. Prosecutors said Singh, who was born in India, arrived in the U.S. in 1991 with no proof of identity, and gave authorities the name Davinder Singh.

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According to the report, in 1992, Singh faced a deportation order from a federal judge, but filed for asylum under a new name.

Now going by the name of Baljinder, he remained in the U.S. and married a U.S. citizen.

Here’s more:

Singh’s application for permanent residency was approved in 1996, and he became a naturalized citizen in 2006. He didn’t include his former deportation order in the application, according to prosecutors.

The Justice Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services filed the civil denaturalization complaint against Singh in September.

Per the report, Singh is one of more than 1,600 cases Homeland Security is currently working through.