Irish man to be deported after posing as a US citizen in Rhode Island

 Irish man to be deported after posing as a US citizen in Rhode Island

Federal prosecutors have ordered for an Irish man to be deported after he posed as a U.S. citizen at the Rhode island Department of Motor Vehicles.

Denis Quirke (37) was sentenced last Friday after he served four months in federal custody. He was handed over to immigration officials for deportation proceedings. Quirke was found guilty of falsely claiming United States citizenship and fraudulent use of a Social Security number.

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The Irish immigrant pleaded guilty to the charges last October after he was arrested last August. U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith sentenced him to time served, according to the District Attorney of Rhode Island.

According to authorities Quirke presented someone else’s Social Security Number as proof of U.S. citizenship when he applied for a state ID card at the DMV in December 2011.

In other news, it was revealed that the US spent more money on immigration enforcement than on its other law enforcement agencies combined last year.

A report released Monday from the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute shows that nearly $18 billion in the 2012 fiscal year was spent on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

ICE's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations implemented the deportation of 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year. The majority of these, some 55 percent, were convicted of felonies or misdemeanor

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