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DOJ Creates Unit Dedicated to Stripping Citizenship From Naturalized Terrorists, Other Criminals

The Department of Justice announced the creation of a new special section on Feb. 26, dedicated to stripping citizenship status from criminals who lied about their prior convictions on naturalization forms.

The unit will target “terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders, and other fraudsters” who cheated their way into obtaining citizenship by concealing their criminal histories, according to a statement from the DOJ.

“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,” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt said in a statement.

“The Denaturalization Section will further the Departments efforts to pursue those who unlawfully obtained citizenship status and ensure that they are held accountable for their fraudulent conduct.”

The DOJ says the move was motivated by an anticipated increase in referrals for such cases from law enforcement agencies. The move will join two existing sections within the DOJs Civil Divisions Office of Immigration Litigation. The office already handles denaturalization cases and touts a 95 percent conviction rate.

Denaturalization cases require the government to prove that an immigrants naturalization certificate was “illegally procured” or “procured by concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation.”

In a prominent terrorist denaturalization case, Khaled Elsayed Mohammad Abo al Dahab was stripped of his citizenship. Dahab was convicted of terrorism in Egypt and admitted to recruiting for the al-Qaida terrorist group in the United States.

In 2018, the office secured the denaturalization of war criminals including Edin Dzeko, a Yugoslavia native was who was convicted in Bosnia of executing unarmed civilians and prisoners of war in the Balkans.

Earlier this year, the office successfully denaturalized Moises JavRead More – Source