Can the government take away my citizenship?

Can the government take away my citizenship?



what does the government have to do in order to take away someone's citizenship hi I'm Jim hacking immigration attorney here in st. Louis Missouri people call our office sometimes wondering if the government can take away their citizenship now for someone who is a natural-born citizen that is someone who has not gone through the naturalization process the US government cannot revoke your citizenship there's no mechanism under federal law to allow the government to strip someone of their citizenship if they've been born in the country now if you've gone through the naturalization process there is a method by which it can be what's called denaturalized that is that you get your citizenship revoked and really the only way that can happen is if you committed some kind of fraud during the naturalization process so for instance let's say that you naturalized as john smith but in reality your name was George Jones in that kind of a situation if the Immigration Service can show that you committed fraud during the actual naturalization process now that you committed some kind of bank fraud or other fraud but specifically within the naturalization process then there's a chance that you could get denaturalized it is a very high standard now the way that it works is the federal government has to bring a lawsuit in federal court challenging your naturalization and demonstrating by clear convincing and unequivocal evidence that you committed fraud it's the government's burden to strip someone of their citizenship and it's a very high burden indeed we've been contacted by a couple people where the US attorney or the Immigration Service has threatened to do it but so far we haven't encountered any of these cases we'd be very interested in fighting out one of these cases but so had the opportunity with that high burden and with the fact that the government has to go to federal court and convince a federal judge who's not elected and who's not beholden to the Department of Justice we think there's a good chance that in such a case it'd be very difficult for the government to meet this very high burden now back in 1996 Congress changed the law to allow the Attorney General to denaturalize people through an administrative process but there was a large challenge brought to that law and the law was struck down as it was applied by the Immigration Service they concluded the court concluded that the regulations promulgated by the Immigration Service were not sufficiently tied to the statute and that the only way that you can denaturalize someone is through this federal court mechanism that is their government is going to have to go through that lawsuit and prove by clear convincing and unequivocal evidence that the alien who is naturalized committed that fraud so if you have any questions about this if you're worried about your citizenship or if you've been naturalized and you're hearing rumblings that someone's going to come after your citizenship you should feel fairly confident that that's going to be hard for the government to pull off but if you want to ask us any questions about it or talk through the process with us give us a call three one four nine six 180-200 Thanks

49 thoughts on “Can the government take away my citizenship?

  1. @james bailey, the philippines has been home to me for 7 years now though sometimes i feel like a foreigner from my country of birth but i speak the dialect so i can easily blend in, guyana seems like a great place, enjoy, food is abundant here too, fresh and cheap.

  2. Can I be denaturalized if I came here as a child to the united states cuz I had a nightmare about trump trying to use denaturalization task force can u keep me in america in case my citizenship gets revoked

  3. Wouldn't responsibility for ensuring a claim for naturalization is not fraudulant, rest on the Government? Once naturalized, you renounce the citizenship of the country you left, which has no obligation to take you back. Thus the only option for the government in case of fraudulant claims would be prosecution and punishment, not deportation? The situation may be different if you hold dual citizenship.

  4. Yes they can take away your citizenship even if you born here in usa except for puerto ricans can't be taken away citizenship.why? More secrets that you people can't handle.

  5. So if a U.S. naturalized citizen wants to move to Canada indefinitely will the naturalized citizen status be stripped away at some point?

  6. There are 4 ways the US government can take your citizenship, not just one.

    Falsification or Concealment of Relevant Facts: You must be absolutely truthful when filling out paperwork and answering interview questions related to the naturalization application process. Even if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) fails to recognize any lies or ommissions at first, the agency may file a denaturalization action against you after citizenship has been granted. Examples include failure to disclose criminal activities or lying about one's real name or identity.

    Refusal to Testify Before Congress: You may not refuse to testify before a U.S. congressional committee whose job it is to investigate your alleged involvement in subversive acts, such as those intended to harm U.S. officials or overthrow the U.S. government. This requirement to testify in order to maintain citizenship status expires after 10 years.

    Membership in Subversive Groups: Your citizenship may be revoked if the U.S. government can prove that you joined a subversive organization within five years of becoming a naturalized citizen. Membership in such organizations is considered a violation of the oath of U.S. allegiance. Examples include the Nazi Party and Al Qaeda.

    Dishonorable Military Discharge: Since you may become a naturalized U.S. citizen by virtue of serving in the U.S. military, your citizenship may be revoked if you are dishonorably discharged before serving five years. Reasons for dishonorable discharge, which must follow a general court-martial, include desertion and sexual assault.

  7. Behold,And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that servedthemselves of them welled

  8. CUBAN HURRY!!! GO HOME BECAUSE TRUMP RETURN TO CUBA COMUNISTA TRUMP PLEASE PUT CUBA SOCIALLISM….OR DEMOCRAT…NO MORE ILEGALS CUBA..FLORIDA ITS 50 MILLIONS OF CUBAN HERE. .NO SPACE FOR GRANKIDS USA, EEUU…

  9. So Jim what you are saying is that there are first class citizens as second-class Citizens….. That is really fucked up……

  10. Come here legal no lies you should have no problems and don't abuse the system like living of welfare. Work and pay your taxes like everybody else.

  11. The short answer is yes and for any reason they can concoct. And if you have any concerns go suck a fat one, because no one will care. Welcome to America.

  12. You can be denaturalized as well if you the government can prove that you were a nazi and did not disclose it before becoming a US citizen

  13. Sasha Midori,

    YOU STATED, "First…came for…undocumented,…came for naturalized,…
    next they will come for natural Born citizens born by undocumented
    immigrants. Who's next???"

    THE "TRUE AMERICANS" HOPE SO!

    Undocumented? You mean ILLEGAL ALIENS!

    WHO BROKE THE U.S.A. LAWS. FIRST BY "STEALING" INTO THIS
    COUNTRY OR OVER STAYING THEIR VISAS "INTENTIONALLY!"
    TRESPASSING!

    NATURALIZED? WHO LIED, CHEATED, FRUDGED, FRAUD, DECEIT, CONCEIVED, MISGUIDED,
    DECEIVED, MANIPULATED, LURKED, LOARD, HUSTLED, STOLE, MISLEAD, MARRIED,
    TOOK ADVANTAGE OF, OUTWIT, MASKED, UNTRUTHFUL, OUTSMART, BRIBED,
    AND ETC., ETC., ETC.

    ALL THE ABOVE ALSO "DESCRIBES" THE ACTIONS OF THE "UNDOCUMENTED
    IMMIGRANTS." {ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS NO! LEGAL ALIENS!!!!}!!!

    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BROKE THE LAW! PERIOD!
    IF YOU MURDERED SOMEONE 20 YEARS AGO AND YOU PROVEN
    GUILTY.

    DON'T THEY PUT THE PERSON IN JAIL?

    RETROACTIVE 30 YEARS!!!!!
    QUESTION ANSWERED!

    INCLUDING "EVERY PERSONS" WHO WAS "SPONSORED BY" THOSE WHO WILLING AND
    UNCONDITIONALLY BROKE THE U.S.A. IMMIGRATION LAWS SHOULD ALSO
    BE DENATURALIZED AND SENT TO THEIR PERSPECTIVE COUNTRIES!

    THE "14TH AMENDMENT" WAS FOR THE DESCENDANTS OF
    THE NORTH AMERICA SLAVES. {AFRICAN-AMERICANS/DOS}

    NOT ANCHOR BABIES!!!

  14. First they came for the undocumented, then they came for the naturalized, next they will come for the natural
    Born citizens born by undocumented immigrants. Who’s next???

  15. Yes, any person who voted for the democrats are at risk of loosing citizenship, the first 2000 USA citizens who voted democrat are the target of citizenship be taken away, the goal is next presidential elections the republicans can win the popular vote too, Republicans knows that the past elections were tide and next elections in 2020 they can either win or loose because number of voters are even on both sides even the democrats won the popular vote so they have a little bit more voters then republicans,,,,,,,ask yourself this question, why in usa are about 11 millions of indocumented people and they are focusing on people that have citizenship, the answer is next election are knocking the doors and republicans knows that those 2000 who the citizenship can be taken away are democrat possible voters, forget about the indocumented they don’t even have rights here just to go to the emergency room and that’s sit they can’t even vote, let’s deport the people who can vote the citizens of usa

  16. I don't know the legality BUT….if they are unpatriotic and radical lefties…….take their citizenship away! I approve!

  17. You are out of your mind to call
    ALIEN to U S citizen.But in the
    Trumpland anything is possible.
    He is the Law of the Land.

  18. if somebody got citizenship through fraudulent claim., yes US should strip his citizenship. law & order is necessary . 100% transparency required

  19. The Lieberman ENEMY EXPATRIATION ACT. It was found to be too controversial to the public. So it was removed from ndaa. It was a redundancy. Ndaa can still expatriate as ndaa allow for indefinite detention rendition without a trial.

  20. They can if u do a crime like import voceinr into the us spend 18 yes anvthey denounced his us citizenship an were deported back to his homeland an never ablevto go back although he has his wife children vrorn up their an even grand children still cannot get the ok

  21. The best of the best will fine a way to take away your natural born citizenship of American if your not white!!

  22. "…that the Alien who is naturalized…" WOW even after becoming a United Stated citizen we're still called aliens. What an awful term.

  23. WHEN THE PARENTS OF A KID THAT IS CITIZEN BUT THE PARENTS GET DEPORTED.DOES THE Government HAVE TO SUPPORT THE KID ?

  24. Can u be deported in case you lied that you’re not meant to go back to your country but then you go back

  25. Thank you. I keep seeing crazy nonsense in too many comments, of people who seem to think even US citizens, native-born, could be deported. Or people who don't care that Puerto Rico, for instance, is a US territory whose people are born US citizens; other things that are primarily racist, or that don't want to give even minors a chance. It helps to know what the laws are, both as set out in the Constitution and Amendments, and further US laws. This is an area where old prejudices still flare up. Our country should be better than that. I don't want to see it regressing. So thanks, and more like this could be helpful to educate people.

  26. Government can can cancel your US passport while you outside the country if they don’t want you back. That the same thing as taken away citizenship. People should know what government do that unlawful and protest.

  27. Thank you for posting this video. As a naturalized citizen I always wonder that if they can take away my naturalization paper due to voting for an opposing party of the current administration or if I would be targeted for going to protests such as a woman's March or something similar

  28. How about its United States brings a foreigner in enforces the citizenship on to them is that considered an act of War because I never wanted to be an American I was born from German parents and I despise this country how do I get out please send me a message back have a great day

  29. if you lied and cheated to become a citizen…bye..bye………………..if you commit treason………bye bye………………….this would YOUR fault….

  30. Maybe the true natives Americans should decide who stays and who goes! Borders are only meant as a way to exact a certain level of control over people, and only those in power enjoy the privileges that come from such a regulation. Everyone else is nothing more than cattle to be herded where and when they, (Government), want!

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