Friday, September 20, 2019

Enforcement Renders Citizenship Insecure on Many Fronts

Citizenship Day 2019 is being marked with sobering reflections on the instability of citizenship. In addition to Citizenship Delayed, a report from the Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on naturalization backlogs that threaten voting and civil rights profiled earlier on ImmigrationProf blog, the Open Society this week released two reports. 

Unmaking Americans by the Open Society Foundation documents three techniques currently being used to attack the identity and sense of belonging of U.S. citizens: 

  • denaturalizations, which is the stripping of U.S. citizenship from naturalized Americans
  • denial and revocation of U.S. passports, which is the discretionary deprivation of Americans' proof of citizenship
  • political attacks on citizenship by birth, which has normalized policy proposals that would fundamentally alter American society by denying U.S. citizenship to children born in the U.S. to non-citizens

Fighting for Citizenship concerns the end of MAVNI and threats to military naturalization. The practice has come to the attention of Congress, who has issued a GAO report and letters requesting response from the USCIS.

Both reports are profiled in a podcast here


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