A passport office may have the right idea, but not when it comes to the city where it operates.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that the D.U.C.-based Passport Office of D. C. was in violation of its policy of not providing passport-holders with a “safe” place to get their documents to the office.
“The Office has been enforcing a no-passport policy for several years and has continued to do so despite significant complaints from passport-holding customers and businesses,” the agency said in a statement to Fox News.
“The Office’s continued failure to enforce its policy has created a substantial risk that many passport-holder accounts may be closed without the required documentation.
The Office has provided documentation and assistance to several customers in this process, but we cannot guarantee the availability of any documentation for all of them.”
In its statement, DHS said that it was “aware of a number of customers who have been denied access to their passport in the past few weeks.
The Department is working closely with Passport Offices in D, D.D.C., and other affected areas to ensure that all customers have access to passports.”
The agency said that a few of the cases cited by the agency involved employees of the U,D.A., and that the Department is “currently evaluating these customers’ cases.”
The statement also stated that the Office “does not provide passport-only service to the public.
We will continue to work with affected customers and others to ensure passport services are available to all.”
It’s not the first time DHS has cracked down on the D.,D.O.C.’s passport office.
In April, the agency stopped issuing passports to D.O.-holders.
DHS also said in that case that it “does consider it a security risk for the public to travel to D,D.,D., where passport-bearing travelers may be detained and possibly subject to detention and interrogation for purposes of passport seizure.”
Last month, DHS also fined a D.E.A.-related office $5,000 for not doing its job properly.
The agency said the fines stemmed from an incident in which D.B.O.’s office was found to be violating its own policy.
In addition, DHS has been under fire for not enforcing immigration law when it came to border crossings.
A DHS memo last week warned that a surge in illegal border crossings and an increase in apprehensions have been occurring at a rate of almost 200,000 per day.