The actual number of individuals under deportation orders who were accidentally given U.S. citizenship is around 750, approximately 100 fewer than a watchdog reported, Department Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.
Pressed at a hearing by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on the number of immigrants given citizenship from so-called special interest countries, Johnson tried to downplay fears but said he did not know.
“I have no basis to believe that any of them were terrorists or suspected terrorists,” Johnson said told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which was examining terrorist threats to the U.S.
“You didn’t think to ask if any were from Libya or Syria?” Sasse asked.