President Trump is ramping up a new unit in the Justice Department that is going to make his detractors’ heads spin.
The president’s administration is in the works of putting together a new section within the Justice Department that will revoke the citizenship of foreign-born individuals who failed to disclose past convictions for serious crimes.
Cue the meltdowns in three…two…one.
❗The Trump administration announced a new unit that aims to strip Americans of their citizenship.
Despite previous lies, Trump now confirms what we’ve known for three years: His systematic campaign against Black and brown people extends to US citizens. https://t.co/EvXNFKhe39
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 26, 2020
“The Trump administration announced a new unit that aims to strip Americans of their citizenship. Despite previous lies, Trump now confirms what we’ve known for three years: His systematic campaign against Black and brown people extends to US citizens,” said the ACLU.
That effectively put them on the defense of terrorists under the guise of “Trump is a racist”. And they aren’t the only ones.
The only reason to strip citizenship from someone instead of dealing with them as a citizen within the justice system is to enforce an idea of 'purity' regarding who is an American. And if you think there's no racial element defining that purity, I don't know what to tell you.
— Just Say Christian (@JustSayXtian) February 26, 2020
Democrats started melting down, declaring that Trump was preparing for “genocide”.
This is intended ultimately to strip citizenship from oppressed populations, and ultimately shall invite also a backdoor means to nullify the 14th amendment in order to better facilitate a genocide https://t.co/6kstGstjXW
— The Bogtrotter (@bhFinini) February 26, 2020
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS.
This administration is working to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens. They will not stop there.
It is pure fascist white nationalism — with goal of dehumanizing and attacking immigrants, people of color, & non-Christians.
We must resist. https://t.co/iY3fAN4i8l
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) February 26, 2020
I'm sickened by this disgusting mandate to strip Americans of their citizenship. It's enough to make you wonder if justice will ever be a part of this department, this government and this nation. But November is coming. And we will get rid of these horrible people and build anew. https://t.co/ZA0O1cHzfQ
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) February 26, 2020
With obtaining citizenship comes a process when someone wasn’t born in the United States. Part of that process is detailing one’s criminal history from their country of origin.
So if someone were to omit that they were convicted of terrorism or war crimes when applying for American citizenship, that should be a big deal.
Trump DOJ launches unit to revoke citizenship from immigrants who hid terrorism, crime ties https://t.co/2JcGRsXKWC
— Peggy O'Donnell (@tennesseepeggy) February 27, 2020
The United States has always been able to remove a citizenship status for those that fraudulently obtained their papers. Yet, we’ve never dedicated a faction to dealing with this specifically.
This newfound section would fall under the DOJ’s Office of Immigration Litigation. The section’s sole focus would be the denaturalizing of persons who failed to disclose any previous criminal activity from their past.
While applying for citizenship, one would disclose this sort of information on their N-400 form. When one fails to fill that form out honestly, they’re considered to have gained citizenship via “concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation”.
The form in question inquires whether someone was involved in genocide and torture, or if they’ve been a part of a terrorist or totalitarian organization.
Of course, the N-400 wants to know if someone was involved with Nazi government in Germany of if there was any charge or conviction of any sort and if there was any prison time served.
Any form of willful concealment on said form would create cause to have someone’s citizenship status immediately revoked.
DOJ Creates New Section Dedicated to Stripping Citizenship From Naturalized Terrorists and Other Criminals.
— Educate America Initiative 🇺🇸 (@RichJaeger) February 26, 2020
Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt stated:
“When a terrorist or sex offender becomes a U.S. citizen under false pretenses, it is an affront to our system and it is especially offensive to those who fall victim to these criminals.
The new Denaturalization Section will further the Department’s efforts to pursue those who unlawfully obtained citizenship status and ensure that they are held accountable for their fraudulent conduct.”
While the country has been addressing these matters for years, there’s been an uptick in cases made and action taken. DOJ officials pointed toward a number of numerous high-profile cases recently as well.
One instance showcased an individual who was convicted of terrorism in Egypt, who had even recruited for Al Qaeda while they were in the United States.
Another was an individual who had undergone military training in an Afghan jihadist camp with none other than Osama Bin Laden.
There was one person who originated from Bosnia who had executed eight unarmed civilians and prisoners of war while in the middle of Balkans conflict.
Finally, there was another citizen denaturalized who had sexually abused a 7-year-old family member and another person who’d abused a minor for years.
DOJ creates section for denaturalization cases
“The DOJ announced Wednesday that it created a new section in its Office of Immigration Litigation dedicated to denaturalizing foreign-born citizens referred to it by the DHS.”https://t.co/azbt6Pd1rM @thehill
— Jayne L. Wells (@jaynelwells) February 26, 2020
The need for a department dedicated to these efforts is pivotal. The DOJ has processed 228 cases of civil denaturalization since 2008 – and 94 of those have been since 2017.
Filings of these cases have skyrocketed to 200 percent within the past three years. That’s not evening addressing the fact that case referrals have increased 600 percent either.
It should be noted that this department isn’t addressing anyone who’s committed crimes in the United States since attaining citizenship. The yet-to-be-named faction of the DOJ is only going to be focused on those who lied in the process to become an American.
While no citizen can ever be deported from the United States, once that title is stripped, then they certainly can be. Furthermore, the country will be for the better without these kinds of people weeding in.
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