Unmaking Americans: new report on citizenship revocation

In September 2019, the Open Society Institute published a report showing that members of marginalised groups in the US are at risk of being stripped of their citizenship status. Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States discusses three mechanisms that the administration uses to question the identity and sense of belonging of U.S. citizens:

  • denaturalisations
  • denial and revocation of U.S. passports
  • political attacks on citizenship by birth

The report highlights that the Trump administration is seeking to increase budgets for denaturalisation as an immigration enforcement tool. Between 2017 and 2018, Mexico, Haiti, and Nigeria were the three countries with some of the highest representation in denaturalisations. The report argues that the Department of State retains virtually unlimited discretion in revoking or denying passports.

The report is freely accessible through this link.