Recently, news broke that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), hired dozens of lawyers and immigration officers to launch a major effort to search for immigrants they believe cheated during their naturalization process.
The end goal of all this? To strip certain immigrants of U.S. citizenship, or as anti-immigrant USCIS director Lee Francis Cissna put it, “to start denaturalizing people who should not have been naturalized in the first place.”
Going after naturalized citizens is not a typical process in the United States. It’s so rare that most U.S. efforts to investigate naturalized citizens have focused on war criminals, like Nazis.
This new, bigger effort is another example of the Trump administration’s hostility towards immigrants—and with a noted anti-immigrant government official at the helm of USCIS, it’s absolutely impossible to believe any claims that this directive is in good faith.
Cissna suspects that USCIS will target “potentially a few thousand cases.” This could lead to more deportations, more immigrants dehumanized and compared to “animals,” more families torn apart, and
more lives violently disrupted. It has to end.
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