The United States Justice Department says it has created an official section in its immigration office to strip citizenship rights from naturalized immigrants. The move will give President Donald Trump’s administration more ammunition in his efforts to remove from immigrants who have committed crimes, from the United States.
The Denaturalization Section “underscores the department’s commitment to bring justice to terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders and other fraudsters who illegally obtained naturalization,” Joseph H. Hunt, head of the Justice Department’s civil division, said in a statement.
He went on to say : “The 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.”
The move promises to further expand a practice that was once used infrequently, but that the Trump administration has increasingly turned to as part of its immigration crackdown. It has raised alarms among some department lawyers who fear denaturalization lawsuits could be used against immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.