The next foreign terrorist caught on U.S. soil could be carrying a green card, courtesy of a Homeland Security screw-up years in the making.

Hundreds of the sought-after green cards for U.S. citizenship went out with the wrong names or incorrect addresses, says a Homeland Security inspector general report. Exactly how many went out wrong via the automated Electronic Immigration System is unknown.

But even when applicants contacted the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to correct their card’s information, the agency was unable to do so because of “limitations” preventing users of the new system from changing the addresses.

Did we mention that the sophisticated system at fault reportedly went 480 percent over budget (total cost, $3.1 billion)? It not only increased card errors but has done little to reduce a backlog of 12,000 green card applications, The Daily Caller reports.

And needless to say, the feds’ fix — that clients simply mail back the wrong cards — didn’t work, The Washington Post reports.

So the people supposedly in charge blame the computer and denounce the IG’s report as “inaccurate.” Yet for all their finger-pointing, America’s supposed defenders of Homeland Security cannot defend this failure.

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