In order to address and revoke U.S. citizenship gained by individuals fraudulently, President Trump’s administration has announced a new unit within the Justice Department.
The goal of this additional unit within the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation will be to address the possible fraudulent action of those naturalized citizens who obtained their U.S. citizenship “by concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation.” Of great concern and those that will be targeted are those who didn’t reveal on their “N-400” naturalization form any criminal or terrorist actions or associations with terrorists.
On the N-400 naturalization form there is a section which specifically inquires about any terrorist activities or prior associations. Part 12 of this form includes inquiries regarding participation in anything anti-American. These anti-American activities could range from involvement with Nazism, Communism or other anti-American loyalties. Any involvement or activities that would need to be identified on this form would include weapons trade, murder and torture. Any individual who became a citizen, but lied on their N-400 document will be confronted with their lying.
Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt said, “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 obtain citizenship status and ensure that they are held accountable for their fraudulent conduct.”
It became evident that this new unit needed to be formed due to a substantial increase in fraudulent cases as brought to light by the investigations conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Obama-era “Operation Janus,” which revealed that scores of thousands of paper produced fingerprint information in cases involving immigration were never entered into the main database.
Examples of this failure and that now fall under this new unit’s scope include an Al Qaeda recruiter of Egyptian descent, a collaborator of Osama bin Laden, , a convicted war criminal who served with the Bosnian Army, and a serial sexual abuser. The goal of this team will focus specifically on individuals who have perpetrated like-crimes before entering the United States and were dishonest about their activity while engaging in the immigration process.