The New War on Naturalized Citizens

The American Prospect,  October 18, 2019

By statute, citizenship obtained through naturalization can be revoked not only for fraud, but also in cases in which the individual, or even the government, makes an inadvertent error in the naturalization process. There is no statute of limitations in civil denaturalization cases, meaning that the government can take away citizenship decades after a person thought himself to be permanently an American. Nor does it matter if, like Khan, the individual has built an exemplary life in the United States, or that deportation would cause great hardship to U.S. citizen family members. ...

Under a Department of Justice policy in place for many decades, denaturalization proceedings should not be brought against those who have been citizens for decades, have close ties to U.S. citizens, and have no criminal record....

At stake is not only the fate of the individuals targeted, but also the status of America’s 20 million naturalized citizens.

By Amanda Frost

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