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Upholding the Value of Our Citizenship

January 2, 2013
By W.D. Reasoner

In this Backgrounder & Report, W.D.

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In this Backgrounder & Report, W.D. Reasoner notes that a surprising number of naturalized citizens who have been charged and convicted of serious national security crimes — including terrorism, espionage, and theft of sensitive information and technology — in the last several years. It compares the relative ease with which aliens naturalize with the extreme difficulty in stripping them of citizenship, even when they prove to be national security threats who have gamed the system.

The federal government, and the Department of Homeland Security, have no systematic method of examining such cases to establish a baseline of "lessons learned" to attempt to weed out future threats, nor make any significant effort to denaturalize individuals even after they have committed serious national security offenses of the type described. It recommends that if the government will not or cannot take better care to prevent the admission of individuals who are serious threats to our safety, then it must move more aggressively to reverse its mistakes and strip citizenship from those who commit national security crimes against our nation.

 

 


W.D. Reasoner (a pseudonym) is a retired government employee with many years of experience in immigration administration, law enforcement, and national security matters.

 

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