Denaturalization of U.S. Citizens Rising Under Trump Administration

The rare act of denaturalization is on the rise under the Trump administration.

It is no secret that Trump and some top advisors want to dramatically reduce both illegal and legal immigration. 

Stripping people of their American citizenship has not often been done before under previous administrations but now a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services team in Los Angeles has started reviewing more than 2,500 naturalization files for possible denaturalization.

The group's main focus being identity fraud and willful misrepresentation. More than 100 cases have been referred to the Department of Justice for possible action.

“We’re receiving cases where [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] believes there is fraud, where our systems have identified that individuals used more than one identity, sometimes more than two or three identities,” said Dan Renaud, the associate director for field operations at the citizenship agency. “Those are the cases we’re pursuing.”

Trump's administration started granting fewer visas and accepting less refugees last year than previous years. 

Read the full story on the LA Times.

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