Justice Department Creates New Division Dedicated To Denaturalization Cases
The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday the creation of a new division within its Office of Immigration Litigation that will focus on stripping the naturalization of foreign-born citizens referred to it by the Department of Homeland Security.
The Hill reported that the department described the move in its press release as an effort to “bring justice to terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders, and other fraudsters who illegally obtained naturalization.”
While the DOJ noted that the Office of Immigration and Litigation has already “achieved great success in the denaturalization cases it has brought, winning 95 percent of the time,” an expected increase in referrals warranted the creation of a standalone section.
“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,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt. “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 press release noted that there is no statute of limitations on denaturalization cases.